One thing that has helped make Marvel’s latest movies so easy to take in is the incredible scores the films have received. They haven’t been classic scores that stick in your head like Star Wars or Back to the Future, but each Marvel Phase 1 movie featured a score that fit the bill and it’s sounding like that will be the case for Phase 2.
In a Facebook post updating the progress of Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn confirmed that 300 composer Tyler Bates will be scoring the upcoming Marvel release.
Grateful to be working with my favorite composer, Tyler Bates, on Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most films, Tyler writes huge chunks of the score first so that I can actually film to the music. During action scenes and huge dramatic moments we blare the score on set so that the cast, crew, and camera can move in harmony with the music. Music is often an afterthought in film, but never for us. And everything Tyler’s done so far has been amazing!
Bates isn’t widely known to regular moviegoers by name, but many of no doubt heard his scores in the various hit films he’s helped give a soundtrack to. The most widely known score by Bates is his heavy metal crunch behind Zack Snyder’s 300 but Bates has also scored everything from hit movies like Dawn of the Dead to popular video games like God of War 3. TV fans will recognize Bates for scoring the theme for Showtime’s hit series Californication.
It’s been a while since Bates has been behind a big budget movie like Guardians of the Galaxy will be, but he no doubt has the talent to churn out a solid soundtrack and adding his name to the list of those already attached to the film makes Guardians of the Galaxy even more interesting than it was before.