Top 10 best comic book movie soundtracks
This list is a compilation of the best live action comic book movie soundtracks and musical scores of all time. This list will only include properties originally conceived as a comic book. That is why you won’t see Transformers: The Movie or Mortal Kombat since neither were originally comic properties. This list also only contains live action, so the epicness of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm won’t make the list. That being said let’s start the list, shall we?
10. Suicide Squad
Yes, there were a lot of licensed songs. Yes, some of the songs were oddly misplaced. That still didn’t stop it from being one of the best selling albums of 2016, and most of the songs were actually made specifically for the movie. Plus when the songs were placed correctly it really worked. Kehlani’s “Gangsta” played during Dr. Harleen Quinzell and Joker’s scenes were some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. Regardless of what you think about the movie most will agree the soundtrack is the best part about it.
For those that don’t know “300” is based on the historical Battle of Thermopylae which was adapted into a Frank Miller graphic novel. Listening to this score makes you also want to get CGI abs and fight an entire army single handedly. Most people remember Leonidas epic speeches but with that epic score the movie might have not had the same punch.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
For some the most memorable aspect of Guardians of the Galaxy is the soundtrack. So why it so low you ask? Sorry, I can’t give too much credit for using previous licensed songs, even if they are placed brilliantly throughout the film. However what I CAN give credit is to the extremely underrated original score by Tyler Bates. The Guardians of the Galaxy have on of the best themes in the MCU even though no one can recognize it.
7. The Dark Knight trilogy
It wasn’t a huge orchestral sweep like many others on the list, but Hans Zimmer definitely got his point across. Joker’s theme is extremely haunted, so it’s starts pretty muted then crescendos. This adds to the effect that you’re being warned the Joker is coming but you’re not really sure until the theme is loud enough.
6. Black Panther
For the record, I’m actually ignoring the Kendrick Lamar tie-in soundtrack. Ludwig Göransson’s original score, however is a stroke of genius. There’s a perfect blend of not only Afrocentric beats but also Hip Hop mixed with traditional superhero themes. Easily the best score of any solo MCU film.
5. Man of Steel/Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I’m fully aware of the controversial opinions of how fans feels about the DCEU movies, but one thing that can not be overlook is Hans Zimmer epic and sweeping score. Man of Steel’s theme let’s you understand that this is a modern Superman for a modern era, while improving on that theme and giving us a Batman theme vastly different from any we heard before. So…still not sold on these movies belonging on this list? Remember that BVS introduced “Is She With You,” which could possibly be the single greatest superhero theme song of this decade.
4. Spider-Man trilogy
Spider-Man not only set the gold standard for how to make a superhero movie for the new millennium, Danny Elfman also gave us the energetic soundtrack that he gave us with Batman while giving Spider-Man his own signature sound. It just further immerse the audience into the idea they were seeing a character leap off the comic page into live action.
3. The Avengers
As beloved as the MCU movies are, one of their main criticisms is the lack of compelling musical scores. Meanwhile Alan Silvestri gave one one of the best comic book movie musical scores of all time. It’s almost funny that it really wasn’t appreciated until Infinity War which most iconic musical cues are actually songs from the first movie.
2. Batman (1989)
Danny Elfman took an almost horror and gothic them and somehow made it heroic, with a hint of sadness to it. In other words, if Batman was a song this is what he would sound like. Am I also ranking it so high because there was also original music recorded by Prince? …Maybe. It’s so iconic that they even brought back the main theme for 2017’s Justice League.
1. Superman: The Movie
Does anything even need to be said? Without question the gold standard of comic book movie musical scores. It’s John Williams, so of course it deserves the top spot. Even if you didn’t know this score was related in any way to Superman, it makes you feel like you can fly. As with Batman, Superman’s main theme also returned for Justice League.