Super face-off: Superman 'Man of Steel' movie theme will be drastically different

CLEVELAND - It's hard to believe the man behind Disney's "The Lion King" score would create the theme to one of the highest grossing trilogies of all time.

Yes, South Africa is far away from the streets of Gotham, but the man behind the music in "The Dark Knight" clearly is like Batman. He knows no boundaries.

Hans Zimmer is no stranger to movie themes. "Rain Man," "Thelma and Louise," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Gladiator," "The Da Vinci Code," "Sherlock Homes," and "Pirates of the Caribbean" are all Zimmer.

Is Zimmer the John Williams of our time? If you don't know who Williams is I can assure you this. Every time you're home and you turn on NBC News you hear a variation of the theme he created in the 80s when Tom Brokaw sat in the anchor chair.

Have you ever heard of movies like "Star Wars," "Jaws," "Indiana Jones," or Richard Donner's "Superman?" (Superman 3 by the way was filmed in Cleveland). Whether you have seen the movies or not you probably heard of the music associated with them.

Clearly Zimmer's resume does not have as many iconic themes as Williams. Of Zimmer's scores, how many of them do you know besides "Batman" and "The Lion King?" Stop. You don't remember "Thelma and Louise" so let's continue. 

Funny there's a debate going on in sports right now. Who's better: Michael Jordan or LeBron James? You could have the same debate between Zimmer and Williams. As we approach June 14, that debate is likely to grow.

"Man of Steel" will be released nationwide in theaters that day and, for the first time since the 1970s, we will hear a drastically different superman theme. Ba, ba, baaaaa, ba ba, ba, ba, baaaaaaa -- that's all gone. But which theme will you like more is the question? Which one will you sing when you think of the world's greatest superhero created right here in Cleveland? reports Zimmer was so overwhelmed by the idea of living up to Williams that he waited three months before finally starting on the project. The website also talked with the films director, Zack Snyder, who reportedly said, "The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic. I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it."

He's expressed his opinion, but what about yours? It's time for the super face-off. Which one is the best? Tell us in a comment below after watching.

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