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SDCC 2014: Geek Outlaw talks Superhero Music Shop with Hollywood Composers Brian Tyler, John Ottman, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck and Blake Neely @ Comic-Con

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Gosh darn it, I really do know how to pose awkwardly. (From Left: Blake Needly, Tyler Bates, moi, Brian Tyler, John Ottman.)


A great man once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”

It should be pretty clear to those who have read Geek Outlaw that my mastery of the English language isn’t quite polished enough to put together such a simple yet profound quote, thus those words did not originate from me (Plus, I said “a great man,” so that should have been a dead giveaway.).

No, those immortal words belong to a late great American poet by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. While I don’t claim to possess the same lyrical expertise of the written word as Mr. Longfellow, I do agree unequivocally with his statement. In fact, I can’t really find any argument against it. Be it the infamous two notes from Jaws or the opening theme to The Simpsons, popular musical tunes unite diverse cultures of people all over the globe who wouldn’t normally understand word one of another country’s native tongue.


While no composer was dissected with a scalpel, the panel was one of the more fascinating events I attended.


For the select few who do actually read this blog (and by select few, I mean enough people to fill a linen closet), I feel as if I’ve made it fairly obvious within my film and TV reviews what a significant role the musical score plays in my overall enjoyment of the final product. Much like a great song and set of lyrics can resonate with us on a personal level, a memorable soundtrack allows us to connect with the content we view on a screen, even well after the show or movie has ended.

During my lifetime, as well as many other geeks’, the gold standard has always been and continues to be John Williams. Considered the Godfather of current pop-culture scores, Mr. Williams has brought the music to such works as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and countless others. I’m willing to go out on a limb and state without such distinguishing soundtracks, all those movies may have not achieved the intense popularity they still enjoy today.


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If the whole composer thing doesn’t pan out for these guys, there is always GQ. (From left: Neely, Beck, Bates, Tyler, Ottman.)


I’ll keep saying it until I get at least seven readers—which means I’ll be repeating myself indefinitely—but a memorable orchestral soundtrack can make a great piece of entertainment magical. As with the work from the likes of Williams, Danny Elfman and even more recently, Hans Zimmer, the orchestral soundtrack can be just as important as a character on film, if not a supporting character in its own right.

That is why I was absolutely honored to receive an invite to the recent press event corresponding with the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. The press opportunity allowed me the chance to sit down and chat with Brian Tyler, John Ottman, Tyler Bates, Christophe Beck and Blake Neely, all of who are among today’s most talented composers in Hollywood. As a whole, they are responsible for a few small things you may have heard of such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor 2: The Dark World, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Frozen, CW’s Arrow, Iron Man 3 and the upcoming Avengers sequel, just to name a few!


It’s all fun and games until Bryan Tyler falls down and injures his composing hand.


On that note—pun “eye-rollingly” intended—I will direct you to the exclusive video footage of the Q&A Geek Outlaw had a chance to participate in with the musical geniuses responsible for the scores behind some of our favorite superheroes.


Brian Tyler

Avengers: Age of Ultron
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
The Expendables 3
Transformers Prime

Poster TF Prime



John Ottman

X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men 2
Superman Returns
The Usual Suspects
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Poster X-Men



Tyler Bates

Guardians of the Galaxy
Sucker Punch
Lead Guitarist for Marilyn Manson

Poster Guardians



Christophe Beck

Edge of Tomorrow
– The Hangover (Trilogy)
– The Muppets & Muppets Most Wanted
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer [Emmy win!]

Poster Edge of Tomorrow



Blake Neely

– CW’s Arrow
– CW’s The Flash
The Mentalist
The Mindy Project
Winter Olympics theme (NBC)

Poster Arrow



All Interviews in one video stream





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  1. Pingback: SDCC 2015: Musical Anatomy of a Superhero is Music to the Outlaw's Ears as he Interviews Brian Tyler, Blake Neely, Christophe Beck & Marco Beltrami - Geek Outlaw

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