Superman Composer's Theme Tune Dilemma

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Superman composer John Ottman was tempted to create a new theme tune for the latest superhero movie, but stuck with John Williams' classic music for the sake of the movie's fans. Ottman, who also edited the film, admits it was hard turning down the chance to create his own music, but couldn't bring himself to dispose of such an iconic theme just for the sake of his ego. He says, "It was a bittersweet process for me because it's always great when you can write your own theme. I vacillated between that and, 'Hey this is an opportunity to keep alive one of the greatest themes ever written.' "My ego squashing the greatest theme ever would be tragic. I completely understand the fan mentality and I would be one of the rioters in the street if we didn't use his theme."


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