Not so long ago, I discussed the relevance for superhero movie films to have great posters and now I'd like to address some of the best superhero movie themes. The importance of powerful, striking and unforgettable music in a movie is mandatory. You may remember a film because of the story, for a certain character or many other reasons. Moreover, there are plenty of memorable scenes in the history of cinema that many of us recall simply because one element - the theme song. You only need to listen few chords to remember "that" particular scene and in there resides the power of music in a film (tan tan tan, tan ta tan, tan ta tan... I bet you keep humming it and I know you know "that" movie).
John Williams' Star Wars Imperial March is easily the best known theme song ever but he is also responsible for many other anthems. Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Superman, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter - those properties are landmarks in cinema and many of the films of those franchises are amazing. Can you imagine Harry Potter's films without Williams score? Of course not!
The list below is in no particular order.
Superman Theme - John Williams
Why? Hans Zimmer made an outstanding job with Man of Steel score, yet John Williams' theme remains "the definitive" Superman theme. Can you say you don't feel chills when you watch Christopher Reeves' transformation into The Man of Steel accompanied by that great piece of music? Everything in Richard Donner's Superman is perfect. The usage of the comic books in the opening, Christopher Reeve's portrayal of the character and the special effects as well. Still, all the grandeur of the Superman films couldn't be complete without Williams majestic work.
X-Men Theme - Michael Kamen
Why? Basically, this is where it all began. No X-Men, no Marvel Cinematic Universe no DC Extended Universe. Bryan Singer's iteration of the mutant superheroes departed considerably from the comic source, very much alike Josh Trank's Fantastic Four (even if you haven't noticed it). People went mad when they learned that "no yellow spandex" was going to be used, however Singer managed to deliver an engaging story that, at the core, respected the X-Men mythology. Kamen may be mostly recognized by his work in the Lethal Weapon or Die Hard's movies and although he passed away in 2013, his X-Men theme is still the base for all the following X-Men movies.
Batman Theme - Danny Elfman
Why? This pick is personally odd and awkward. Whenever I listen to this Batman theme it's impossible for me not to think that Elfman used the same musical structure of Bettlejuice and later on he recycled it again for Spider-Man. I'd have wanted to choose Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight score, nonetheless Elfman's theme is so strongly associated with Batman that it would be fair not to recognize its contribution to the superhero movies. You may or may not have liked Burton or Nolan's Batman but Danny Elfman certainly provided the first superhero movie anthem since John Williams' Superman.
The Avengers Theme - Alan Silvestri
Why? Needless to say, The Avengers is the film we dreamed of, hoped for and finally got to see on screen. The road to the Avengers wasn't easy but Marvel's The Avengers culminated one of the most ambitious projects in Hollywood and it needed a fitting theme but it couldn't have been any theme. The Avengers required dramatic, fascinating chords that could match the emotional and emotive reunion of the characters. Alan Silvestri, who also composed Captain America: The First Avenger, did an excellent job.
Dredd Theme - Paul Leonard-Morgan
Why? Dredd is one of those films that deserved so much attention but tragically it was only recognized and praised only after its home video release. Karl Urban was terrific as Judge Dredd and those who were lucky - and curious, enough to give Dredd a chance weren't disappointed. Yes, I know that the resemblance between Dredd and The Raid is tremendous but if you've seen those two movies you have to know that by the time that The Raid had been released, Dredd was in post-production. In addition to all good things we can say about the film, the energetic dazzling noteworthy music of Paul Leonard-Morgan concentrates the violent gritty stunning aspects of the story.
There are of course plenty of great themes we can name and perhaps include in this list, unfortunately only these made the cut. I know you'll probably like or dislike the choices but I presume you can't deny the importance of these movie themes in order for the movie to be able to achieve levels of unimaginable recognition.