Music is just as much a character in a film as the famous faces and tight suits and an impressive assemblage of experts took to San Diego Comic-Con 2023 to discuss the musical anatomy of a superhero!

Moderated by Michael Giacchino (The Batman, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Thor: Love & Thunder) the panel included leading Hollywood composers Christophe Beck (Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), Laura Karpman (The Marvels, Ms. Marvel, What If . . . ?), The Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic), Christopher Lennertz (The Boys, Agent Carter), and David Russo (Gotham Knights, Pennyworth, Gotham) who discussed the challenges of creating the musical landscape of the superhero genre.

During the lively conversation, the composers explained the processes through unreleased music and video clips from upcoming and recently released projects. Some of the interesting highlights from the panel included:

    • Laura Karpman said one of the best things about working with Marvel is Kevin Feige loves a theme. 
    • Christophe Beck loves telling stories with his music. First superhero movie he saw in a theater was Superman. He also would record himself playing piano and blast it on the stereo and read comics instead of practicing
    • David Russo said he had about 12 days to score each episode of Gotham. Just finished scoring Gotham Nights for DC as well. 
    • Christopher Lennertz was so excited to write Rogers the Musical for Disney California Adventure. Wrote five new songs in four months. 
    • Says love stories make the best musicals and wanted to have that be the underlying theme for Rogers the Musical.
    • The Haxan Cloak (Bobby Krlic) just finished composing Beef. Started writing instrumental music first, and then turned into composing.


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