‘Justice League’ Composer Shares Director Zack Snyder’s Advice

Justice League composer Junkie XL shares director Zack Snyder's advice for whenever he feels overwhelmed by the task of scoring such iconic characters.

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Justice League hits theaters this November, so post-production on the film is currently well underway. One of my favorite aspects of the DCEU films has been the musical scores and I am really looking forward to hearing what it sounds like when all of my favorite DC heroes finally come together on the big screen for the first time.

In an interview with Collider, the film’s composer Junkie XL (real name Tom Holkenborg) spoke a bit about what it’s like to take on the daunting task of scoring such iconic characters:

“It’s a massive undertaking. And I can’t say anything about Justice League specifically, but I’ll tell you this, and this was exactly the same experience that Hans [Zimmer] and I had when we did work together on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: It’s like when you see a movie like that, these iconic superhero movies, some of them have a 60 to 80 year legacy, multiple composers had a go at their themes, multiple filmmakers did their version of these characters — it’s very scary. You watch a movie and it’s like, ‘Holy sh–, now I have to come up with something.’ You’ve got sweaty hands and you’re nervous, and you talk about it over and over again.”

He also shared a bit of advice that director Zack Snyder gave him for when he would feel overwhelmed:

“Zack said, ‘There’s only one thing you can do, and that is embrace this character as if it’s your own, keep it close to your musical soul, and just do whatever you feel is the right thing to do for this character.’ That’s the only thing we can do. That’s what all these great directors did back in the day, and that’s what all these great composers did back in the day.”

Unfortunately, the composer couldn’t say anything about the actual score for Justice League, even whether or not he had actually begun recording yet:

“I’m not at liberty to say anything. Not even that. If you call me back first week of November then I can talk all you want about it.”

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

Source: Collider