The time of heroes is over
October 14, 2022
BLACK ADAM Full Soundtrack Released by WaterTower – Score by Lorne Balfe
WaterTower Music has announced today’s release of the soundtrack to the upcoming New Line Cinema action adventure BLACK ADAM, starring Dwayne Johnson. The first-ever feature film to explore the story of the uncompromising DC antihero comes to the big screen under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (JUNGLE CRUISE). The 43-track album by noted Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated composer Lorne Balfe (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, BLACK WIDOW) has just been released – in advance of the film. BLACK ADAM smashes into theaters and IMAX internationally beginning October 19th, and in North America on October 21st. The album is available from these links.
To make sure the score leaves audiences with an impression of nostalgia for the less-widely known DC characters in the film, Lorne crafted classic feeling themes with contemporary spins to ensure audiences felt that they’ve known these heroes for generations. In addition to the soundtrack release today, a 3x 180 gram vinyl will be coming soon from Mondo.
Earlier this month, prior to this full soundtrack release, WaterTower Music released two of Balfe’s themes from this film, the Black Adam Theme and The Justice Society Theme. “It was exciting to get into the Black Adam theme, and I really wanted to capture his essence as the DC comic book world’s anti-hero,” explained the composer. He went on to note that “this movie is a reintroduction to the legacy of the Justice Society and I am excited for the public to reacquaint themselves!”
Balfe further elaborated as to his overall musical and philosophical approach to Black Adam. “My goal was to get the emotion and darkness of the main characters back story across to the audience, whilst simultaneously intertwining the old themes and familiarities of the DC comic book world and introducing a new class of superheroes.” He further noted “One way to bring in the feeling of an ancient world together was to collaborate with traditional instruments from Latin America, India, Africa and the Middle East. A particular highlight for me was a percussion session I did where we enlisted several musicians playing various traditional instruments together to achieve this specific sound. Further, we had a large brass section across the score to give the weight and power of the main character’s past, which I balanced out with high tempo, more melodic sounds to give the audience that more familiar heroic feel. We also experimented a lot with choir on this project which was able to contribute a unique and classical sound that ties in nicely with Black Adam’s story.”
About The Film: In ancient Kahndaq, the slave Teth Adam was gifted the almighty powers of the gods. But he used those powers for vengeance and was imprisoned. Now, 5,000 years later, he is freed and once again wields his dark sense of justice onto the world. Refusing to surrender, Teth Adam is challenged by a team of modern day heroes known as the Justice Society – Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone – who seek to return him to eternal captivity.
Listen to the track “Introducing the JSA” via WaterTower Music: