20 Greatest Ever Superhero Movie Themes

8. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Shirley Walker

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a forgotten masterpiece, as is its terrifically atmospheric version of the theme from BTAS. As indicative of Batman as Elfman and Zimmer’s work.


7. Unbreakable, James Newton Howard

Unbreakable is a very unusual entry into the superhero movie canon, and James Newton Howard’s score is one of the most distinctive – and moving – superhero themes you’ll ever hear.


6. The Incredibles, Michael Giacchino

The Incredibles draws from James Bond films as much as it does superhero fiction, so Michael Giacchino’s score is a playful blend of John Barry-esque trumpets and superhero motifs.


5. X-Men 2, John Ottman

The X-Men movies have had many different themes but X-Men 2‘s – coincidentally the best film – is the one that sums up the franchise. It later returned for Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. 



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