– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Zack Snyder’s two Superman movies have been somewhat divisive and polarizing, one aspect of them that’s gotten fairly universal praise is the music for them. Specifically, people were really high on Hans Zimmer’s sprawling score for 2013’s Man Of Steel. When Zimmer took on the job, he was stepping into very large shoes. Up to that point, every cinematic take on Superman included music, themes, and motifs that were either composed or inspired by the work John Williams did for 1978’s Superman: The Movie.

In Man Of Steel, Zimmer introduced an all-new theme for Superman that was wholly original. When it came time to score Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zimmer and collaborator Junkie XL took a cerebral approach towards coming up with the theme for Superman’s greatest foe: Lex Luthor.

In the video below, you’ll see how Lex’s theme (“The Red Capes Are Coming“) is actually a sort of distorted, warped, bizarro version of Superman’s. Check it out:

This thematic approach makes sense since, in many ways, Luthor is the antithesis of everything Superman stands for and yet, fate has made it so that the two of them will always be intertwined in some way. 

While the twitter account DCEU Facts pointed this out way back in February, it was thought to be nothing more than a fan theory. But now that Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) came out and retweeted this observation, it’s been upgraded from Theory to Fact.

What do you think?


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.