Alan Silvestri Named 'Avengers' Composer

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What's a great superhero film without an equally epic soundtrack? Hans Zimmer brought life to Nolan's Gotham in his first two Batman movies, and it's almost impossible to think of Richard Donner's "Superman" without thinking of John Williams' iconic score.

We now know who will write the music for May's gathering of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. After being long-rumored as the film's composer, Alan Silvestri has announced on his website that he will compose the score for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers."

Silvestri has plenty of experience writing for superheroes. His score appeared this summer behind "Captain America: The First Avenger." That film's score brought Silvestri praise of its patriotic undertones and old-school charm. Critics noted how well the feel behind Joe Johnston's throwback superhero flick matched up with Silvestri's score.

Many of Hollywood's most iconic scores were written by Silvestri. His work includes "Back to the Future," "Predator," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Forrest Gump" among his many notable credits.

It is hard to say what we can expect from Silvestri's "Avengers" score. The "Captain America" score worked so well because of how it worked with the tone of the film. With "The Avengers," Silvestri is presented with the difficult challenge of writing to match characters that come from different worlds, eras and background. You have the mechanics of Iron Man, pitted against the mysticism of Thor and the old-fashioned heroics of Captain America.

Hopefully, once the in-fighting is over and we have a harmonious team of superheroes, there will be one big, memorable theme that they can rally behind and one that will send fanboys' hearts a-flutter.

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