Movies about superheroes have so far earned more than $1.3 billion at the domestic box office in 2016 and $3.5 billion globally. A movie about supervillains could earn as much as $140 million this weekend. In film and on TV, each hero has a signature sound, created by a team of sound designers, editors, re-recording mixers, actors, composers, foley artists and so many more. Can you match these ten sounds with the correct superhero or villain?
This is the sound of actress Lynda Carter spinning to release her superhero side on the 1975-1979 TV series "Wonder Woman." Richard Raguse worked on the sounds of Wonder Woman, and was also part of the 1978 "Superman" sound team. Israeli actress Gal Gadot took over the role in the film "Batman v Superman," and will reprise the role in 2017's "Wonder Woman." And it was "BvS" director Zack Snyder who told the world Wonder Woman's age.
This is the sound of Black Panther, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, using his vibranium claws in the 2016 Marvel Studios film "Captain America: Civil War." Supervising Sound Editor Shannon Mills told Soundworks Collection that having so many new characters in each Marvel film requires keeping their sounds "distinct from each other" because "you never know when they're going to be in the same movie together." Black Panther will topline his own Marvel movie in 2018, directed by Ryan Coogler and co-starring Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong'o.
This is the sound of the Marvel Studios title card. According to Box Office Mojo, movies based on Marvel Comics properties have made more than $8.6 billion at the domestic box office. However, early movie adaptations like "Fantastic Four," "The Punisher," and "Howard the Duck" were all licensed to different movie studios. In 1996, the comic book company created Marvel Studios to exert greater creative control over their properties. The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 billion. Marvel Studios just unveiled a new title card at this year's Comic-Con International, so keep an ear out for those sounds!
This is the sound of The Joker's iconic laugh, created by actor Heath Ledger in the 2008 film, "The Dark Knight." Ledger's take is often considered the best incarnation of the DC Comics villain. Unless it's actually Jack Nicholson from the 1989 film "Batman." Or the animated version of The Joker, often voiced by Mark Hamill. Or Cesar Romero's TV Joker. And now there's Jared Leto's Joker in Warner Bros. "Suicide Squad." Oh, never mind.
This is the sound of Iron Man, as played by Robert Downey Jr. Supervising Sound Editor Frank Eulner of Skywalker Sound helped create the defining character sounds for 2008's "Iron Man." Downey Jr. has played the role of Tony Stark, the "genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist" in seven Marvel movies, with an eighth on the way. So if you hear the sound of a dump truck full of money barreling through the streets of Los Angeles, it's probably headed to RDJ's house.
This is the sound of The Hulk, played by actor Mark Ruffalo. After two solo Hulk movies failed to generate sequels, Ruffalo took over the role previously played by Eric Bana and Edward Norton. Ruffalo's Hulk first appeared in the 2012 film "The Avengers." The sound team combined elements of Ruffalo's performance with the sound of TV Hulk Lou Ferrigno, and even some of Sound Designer Christoper Boyes' own roar. The Hulk will appear next in 2017's "Thor: Ragnarok" wearing some pretty cool armor.
This is the sound of Harley Quinn, as played by Margot Robbie in the Warner Bros. movie "Suicide Squad." The character was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm as part of "Batman: The Animated Series." With a movie packed full of all new super characters, creating the sound for each and the interplay between them was a huge task for the Warner Bros. post production team.
This is the sound of Groot from the 2014 hit movie "Guardians of the Galaxy." Groot is a walking, talking tree with a limited vocabulary, voiced by actor Vin Diesel. The sounds for this movie were created by Skywalker Sound. If you haven't guessed from the name, Skywalker Sound came out of the ground-breaking sound work done by Ben Burtt on the 1977 film "Star Wars." The company has won or been nominated for an Academy Award every year since.
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Erm...more into indie flicks, eh?
Good effort! Now go catch up on some superhero movies.
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