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Superman has inspired a lot of great music over the years. Superman: The Animated Series and DC Extended Universe have pages of their own. Supergirl also has her own page.

  • The original march in the Kirk Alyn serials is a really suspenseful theme, helping the audience get ready for what was to come.
  • The more famous John Williams March from the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Best Fanfare ever. It has become iconic because it really captures the majesty and epicness of Superman.
    • Richard Donner was so moved by the theme that he ruined the recording by running into the studio screaming at the top of his lungs about how much he loved it.
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    • Very effectively used in the helicopter scene that begins with a growing sense of urgency as Lois faces greater and greater peril until Clark Kent appears. When he realizes he has to change, the growing musical swell that climaxes when he rips open his shirt to reveal his chest symbol is a classic of the superhero film genre.
    • John Ottman's use of said theme, as well as his own music, creates a soundtrack that is pretty much non-stop Heartwarming and tearjerking for Superman Returns. A leading example is when Lois Lane's family is trapped in Luthor's sinking ship. The music begins with a mournful dirge as the trio are pulled under to their seemingly-inescapable doom. Just when the tragedy becomes too much, two red boots appear on the door window and the March blasts out with full thunder as Superman saves the day!
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    • Smallville ends with Clark Kent running out onto the Daily Planet's roof, ripping open his shirt to reveal the S-shield beneath as he prepares to take flight, the camera focusing on that iconic symbol all while that classic Superman theme song plays ever so magnificently in the background and into the end credits.
    • Oh hey, since we're on the topic of Superman, may we present his love theme, which helps sell the scenes of them together.
    • In addition to the main fanfare and "Can You Read My Mind?", there is a really moving musical moment after young Clark Kent tells his mother Martha that he's leaving Smallville to pursue his destiny up north. It's called "Leaving Home", and starts a minute-and-a-half into that track.
    • "The Planet Krypton" anyone, which captures the majesty of the planet well?
    • The mysterious and graceful "Fortress of Solitude". It exemplifies John Williams' specialty with the Leitmotif, since it takes cues from "The Planet Krypton," but uses them in a subdued, haunting manner, musically indicating the Fortess is basically literally the ghost of Krypton.
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  • The song "Save Me" by Remy Zero ended up getting immortalized and remembered after it was chosen to be the theme song for Smallville, which suits a young Clark Kent who's yet to become the Man of Steel and finding his place in the world.

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