You won’t hear Wonder Woman’s heavy metal theme tune in her movie

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Say what you like about Batman V Superman (Just don’t mention Martha), but that scene where Wonder Woman joined the fray and took the fight to Doomsday? That was glorious over the top cinema stretching its massive budget at its best. Part of the brilliance of that particular scene comes not only from its visuals, but also its audio.

Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL composed one hell of a theme track for Wonder Woman, a combination of heavy metal and classical orchestral arrangements that revealed just how much of a badass Diana of Themyscira really was. Hell I even have that particular track as my ringtone, it’s just damn magnificent. Just don’t expect to hear it in the Wonder Woman movie next month.

According to director Patty Jenkins when she spoke to Empire, Diana’s theme song is the track of a more experienced and seasoned warrior in comparison to the fresh-faced princess that Gal Gadot plays.

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The song is slightly more complicated, because that is the song of a very adult and evolved character. I love that track, but we had to embrace it as a different thing. The story is of who Diana grows into being; you can’t just come out of the gate with a song like that for a ten year old.

Makes sense. When you’re looking at music, you’re not just looking at a complimentary feature that you slot into a movie just because it sounds decent (RIGHT MARVEL?). Music at its very best, tells a story, adds a layer to the visuals in front of you and provides the cue needed to move the narrative along. It creates energy and momentum, and providing the right momentum for the right scene is crucial to nailing the flow of how a cinematic experience plays out.

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Wonder Woman’s actual score is being handled this time by Rupert Gregson-Williams, so I’m hoping that his soundtrack manages to find the balance between inexperienced warrior and Greek demigod on a path towards the dawn of justice. That would be metal.

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • MonsterCheddar

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    Gal Gadot.

  • “RIGHT MARVEL”

    ??

    You must not have watched the same Guardians of the Galaxy that I did. The music was perfectly placed into that movie and even forms part of the plot. Not even Suicide squad had that amount of care put into its music.

    • Big difference in using licensed music and actually composing your own. DC’s original soundtracks are WAY better than Marvel’s “okayish” attempts so far.

      • To me sound needs to be good licensed or original. DC movie sounds have very little staying power. I mean serious nostalgia inducing staying power. Star Wars almost always does it right. Literally the only thing I remember from Episode one is Duel of the fates. Take Flight of the Valkyries for instance. It’s exceptional use in apocalypse now was so well done that it has been mirrored on several movies and games.

        I can basically only think of one single DC movie that had music that makes me feel that way. The original Superman composition.

        Also props to John Williams. That guy is a god when it comes to making movie themes.

        • For the Emperor!

          “original Superman composition” – I laughed when Deadpool used it better than the last couple of Superman movies 🙂 But yeah, that one has some serious staying power!

          • All John Williams.

            Let us see what else he has under his belt.

            Jaws
            Pretty Much all the Star Wars stuff.
            Indiana Jones
            Close Encounters (I think)
            E.T.
            Jurrasic Park

            Tons more.

        • Bro, no. DC’s two main orchestral themes are instantly recognisable. You compare that to Marvel, and it’s the exact opposite. Here’s a great video on what I’m talking about: https://youtu.be/7vfqkvwW2fs

  • For the Emperor!

    That short bit of WW music we hear in that scene – EPIC!

  • DragonSpirit009

    I feel so torn by this! On one hand I agree that the choice of music put in movies should fit with the story. On another hand I feel that song should be there cause, for me, it made her even more awesome!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Thank goodness.
    Hearing that theme over and over again in Batman v Superman drove me insane …

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