Did MAN OF STEEL Rip Off The Lord of The Rings Soundtrack?

I’ve spent the past few days in a fanboy haze after two glorious, bourbon laden viewings of THE HOBBIT : AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, so I haven’t had my wits about me (as Gandalf would say). But now that my dangerously long lasting Tolkien-high has worn off, I’ve noticed something about the new MAN OF STEEL trailer that played before the flick.

It’s music is totally ripped from The Lord of The Rings soundtrack.

If you recall, the first teaser trailer for Zac Snyder’s Superman romp shamelessly featured Gandalf’s death song.

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The song’s actually a perfect fit for the Big Blue Boyscott’s messianic story arc, but nevertheless, a blatant “copy/paste” of Howard Shore’s classic soundtrack. Although, it’s not uncommon to borrow songs from previous films for the sake of trailers. WB did as much when they promoted The Return of the King, utilizing the ol’ epic standby “Lux Aeterna” for most of their TV spots.

BUT… trailer 2 for MAN OF STEEL debuted with its own more borrowed music, and it’s still overly influenced by those Middle Earth tones (specifically, an unrelated tune named Elegy).

For the sake of comparison check out two songs from the films below:

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I’ll give Director Zac Snyder and crew credit, these types of vocals are an amazing matchup for a proper Superman story, but they’re just a little TOO much like Lord of the Rings (which seems to have a monopoly on that style), and it offers an uneasy comparison.

What do you think? Will you be content with these Hobbit-y jams in next year’s Supes flick? Or are they a bit distracting?  I know I’m being a little petty, but I just happened to notice the overt similarities and I’d like to hear your take on the matter.

I suppose Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard could always claim he started the trend with this little wonder…

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