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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

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These Super-Composers are all smiles at Comic-Con (Left to Right: Marco S, Christophe Beck, Brian Tyler, Tom Holkenborg, Blake Neely.)


Without a doubt, orchestral motion picture music is, well, music to my ears. It’s why I was so quick to jump on the opportunity to interview a group of talented composers that attended the “Anatomy of a Superhero Music” panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, and it’s the same reason I returned for the 3rd annual event this year as well.

Those whom have read at least one of my attempts at a blog post should be familiar with my incessant rambling and unhealthy adoration for the musical scores that accompany most of today’s movie releases. And just so we are on the same page, I’m not talking about the hodge-podge of songs recorded by flavor-of-the-month artists and are audible for approximately 2.8 seconds of the film’s entire screen time.



Blake Neely proving Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the only talented one with a wand.


No, I’m instead referring to the non-vocal stylings of someone like John Williams, and others who have the ingenious ability to make their music as much a character of the film, if not more so than many of the actors visible on screen. The broken record in me will continue to espouse a memorable score can make a great movie epic.

This years panel included some notable composers from last year’s event, including a few new faces as well. On the docket this go-around were Lorne Balfe (Terminator Genisys, Home), Tom Holkenburg (Mad Max Fury Road, Superman V. Batman), Marco Beltrami (Fantastic 4, The Wolverine), Blake Neely (Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash), Brian Tyler (The Avengers 1 & 2, Furious 7), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man, Frozen).



Heroes of the audible kind.


I had the privilege and opportunity to interview everyone but Balfe, and I’ve provided YouTube Videos of the questions I asked them below. I also spoke to Mr. Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL), but the audio was just too inaudible to post.

The roundtable Q&A sessions were without a doubt one of the biggest highlights of Comic-Con weekend, much in the same way they were in 2014. It may have even been a tad more special in part due to Blake Neely and Brian Tyler remembering the Outlaw from last year. Of course if you’ve seen how I dress for conventions, it’s an image that is hard to eradicate from one’s mind short of a receiving lobotomy. (And I wouldn’t blame those who’ve tried.)


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Brian Tyler (Age of Ultron) probably wondering how the Outlaw managed to get through security for the second straight year.


On that non-musical note, I present to you the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero Composer interviews for 2015:

***(NOTE: Due to technical difficulties with my primary microphone, I was forced to use the camera mic which picked up a lot of background noise. The interviews are short, but you may have to crank up the decibels to hear some of main discussion.)


Brian Tyler
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Furious 7
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Thor: The Dark World
Iron Man 3
The Expendables 3
Transformers Prime



Blake Neely

– CW’s SuperGirl
– CW’s Legends of Tomorrow
CW’s Arrow
CW’s The Flash
The Mentalist
Winter Olympics theme (NBC)



Christophe Beck

The Peanuts Movie (Nov 2015)

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



Marco Beltrami

Fantastic 4 (2015)
Hitman: Agent 47
World War Z
The Wolverine
I, Robot
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines




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