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Superman Returns
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 27, 2006 (2006-06-27)
GenreFilm score
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJohn Ottman
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Superman Returns (Music from the Motion Picture) is the soundtrack album for the 2006 film of the same name. The score is composed by John Ottman, interpolating music by John Williams, particularly "Superman March" from the Superman: The Movie.

Originally, director Bryan Singer contacted Williams on scoring the film, but Williams declined due to being busy scoring Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

In 2013, La-La Land Records released a 2-disc limited edition of the soundtrack with an expanded track list.[1]

Track listing

1."Main Titles"3:49
3."Rough Flight"5:13
4."Little Secrets / Power of the Sun"2:49
5."Bank Job"2:21
6."How Could You Leave Us?"5:49
7."Tell Me Everything"3:13
8."You're Not One of Them"2:22
9."Not Like the Train Set"5:12
10."So Long Superman"5:31
11."The People You Care For"3:27
12."I Wanted You to Know"2:56
13."Saving the World"3:12
14."In the Hands of Mortals"2:11
15."Reprise / Fly Away"4:15

Tracks do not appear in the order that they occur in the film, but instead in a succession chosen by Ottman for listening purposes. Listeners interested in hearing the selections in score order may program the album thus: 1, 7, 2, 3, 8, 5, 4 (to 1:02), 6, 9, 10, 11, 4 (from 1:02), 13, 14, 12, 15.

Limited Edition

La-La Land Records released a 2-disc Limited Edition album of the complete score to Superman Returns in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Superman in December 2013.

Disc 1
1."As Time Goes By§* / The Planet Krypton§*"1:22
2."Main Titles§**"2:44
3."Dying Wish*"2:41
4."Homecoming* / Tell Me Everything§** / Stars in the Sky*"5:52
6."Put Here for a Reason§†* / The World Keeps Spinning†* / Closet Case* / Daily Planet*"2:22
7."Things Have Changed§* / Chip Off the Old Block†*"1:41
8."Genesis Project* / Like Sea Monkeys*"1:42
9."A Drop in the Bucket* / Is It Rite?*"3:09
10."Boosters Non-Responsive* / Rough Flight§** / Home Run§*"6:54
11."He's Back!*"1:37
12."Superman Scoop* / Eavesdropping*"1:19
13."To Lois' House** / You're Not One of Them**"2:52
14."Bank Job§**"3:23
15."Kitty Decoy§**"3:38
18."Little Secrets§"1:06
19."How Could You Leave Us?§**"7:05
20."They're Gone* / Bad Idea* / They Make Great Chandeliers* / Beach Front Property* / Lineage?*"3:35
21."Not Like the Train Set**"5:48
22."We Have to Go* / Who to Save?§*"3:00
Disc 2
1."Metropolis Mayhem§**"4:03
2."Out to Sea§**"2:44
3."So Long Superman§**"7:12
4."Saving Superman** / Power of the Sun§"5:29
5."Saving the World§**"6:22
6."In the Hands of Mortals**"1:16
7."Family Unit* / I Wanted You to Know**"5:15
8."Lex's Paradise* / Change of Heart** / Parting Words§*"4:55
9."Reprise§ / Fly Away**§"4:15
10."End Titles§**"3:55
11."Return to Krypton§* (synth mockup)"5:05
12."Prelude§* / Main Titles§* (original extended version)"4:01
13."Daily Planet* (alternate)"0:21
14."GDIATFH Medley* (source)"0:44
15."Heart and Soul* (source)"0:39
§ Contains Superman Themes Composed and Conducted By John Williams
* Previously unreleased
** Contains previously unreleased material
† Contains material not used in film

Music not included in the soundtrack

There are several famous songs[2] featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack album, which concentrated on the original score composed and conducted by John Ottman with themes from Williams' score for the original 1978 film.

According to the timeline they appear in the movie, the source music included:

Chart positions

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 110
US Top Internet Albums[3] 146
US Top Soundtracks[3] 7


  1. ^ "Superman Returns". Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Superman Returns Soundtrack". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Billboard Albums: Superman Returns". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-23.