Man of Steel composer misses Christopher Reeve

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel. Photo/Supplied
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel. Photo/Supplied

The man who composed the Superman theme music, musician John Williams, has mixed feelings about the latest reboot of the superhero franchise as he is convinced late actor Christopher Reeve was the ultimate embodiment of the comic book character.

Reeve played the lead in four Superman movies before his paralysis in a riding accident in 1995 and his death in 2004.

The part was taken over by Brandon Routh in 2006's Superman Returns, and by British actor Henry Cavill, who plays the lead role in the latest instalment, Man of Steel.

Williams, who wrote the famous theme music which has been used throughout the superhero series, admits he still can't get used to seeing other actors playing Reeve's most famous role.

"I hope it (Man of Steel) will be successful, and I look forward to seeing it. (But) it puts me in mind of the late Chris Reeve, who we all loved so much.

It's going to be hard for me, not to let go of the music, but to let go of the idea of Superman being Chris," he tells

"I thought he not only made that project successful, he embodied what all of us imagine Superman to look like if he could be given skin and bone, I think."


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