in a sonic sandbox for
Batman v Superman
By Jennifer Walden
looking to see a deep, intellectual movie, you
might want to skip Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice. But if it’s action you are
after, buy your ticket and enjoy the ride.
Directed by Zack Snyder — who has helmed 300,
Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, Sucker
Punch and Man of Steel — this
film tries to answer the age-old question
asked on playgrounds and in bars worldwide:
“Who would win in a fight? Batman or
Superman?” For Warner Bros.’ Batman v
Superman, Snyder called on his go-to
supervising sound editor/designer Scott Hecker
from Santa Monica’s Formosa Group — Hecker has
worked on all of the Snyder films mentioned
above, and more. “His vision is amazing,”
Hecker says of Snyder. “It’s always fun to see
what he puts on screen. It’s just a treat for
a sound designer to dig his teeth into an
amazing film like this.”
Hecker’s sound design work on Man of Steel
paved the way for Batman v Superman.
The sounds from both films are the start of a
growing library that will define the ensuing
DC Comic films coming via Warner Bros. On Man
of Steel, Hecker says they created
Superman’s unique flying sounds by processing
numerous wind and whoosh effects, but there
was one throwback ingredient they included to
make the flying sounds authentically Superman.
“There’s a bit of the George Reeves flying
sound from the original Superman TV series.
The sound isn’t dominant, but we just had to
include it. If you hear it you know exactly
what it is and where it is from,” says Hecker.