‘Justice League’: Danny Elfman On Including Classic Themes In The Score

Justice League Movie Batman Wonder Woman The FlashJustice League will mark Danny Elfman’s return to the world of DC Comics heroes for the first time since he composed the score for Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in the early 90s. In an interview with Billboard, Danny Elfman discussed his work on the highly anticipated film and teased the inclusion of classic superhero motifs such as John Williams’ iconic Superman theme.

Danny Elfman revealed that a piece of John Williams’ score for Superman: The Movie will be in featured a sequence where the Man of Steel’s allegiance will be uncertain:

“It was great. It was like I never left because I’m using the same thematic material that I used back then. It never actually went away [Laughs.] It just was great fun. There are a few little fan moments. I instated a moment of the Wonder Woman theme that Hans Zimmer did for Batman Vs. Superman, but I also had two minutes where I had the pleasure of saying, “Let’s do John Williams’ Superman.” and that for me was heaven, because now I have a melody to twist, and I’m using it in an actually very dark way, in a dark moment. It’s the kind of thing that some fans will notice. Some won’t. It’s a moment where we’re really not sure whose side he’s on. The people at DC are starting to understand we’ve got these iconic bits from our past and that’s part of us, that’s part of our heritage — we shouldn’t run away from that. Contemporary thinking is, every time they reboot something, you have to start completely from scratch — which, of course, audiences will tell us again and again, is bullshit. Because the single-most surviving and loved theme in the world is Star Wars, which they had the good sense to not dump for the reboots. And every time it comes back, the audience goes crazy.

The acclaimed composer also discussed his new motifs for characters such The Flash and Aquaman, who will be making their live-action cinematic debuts in Justice League:

“I created very simple motifs. There are so many themes, you can’t just do a big theme for everything. So i created a motif for Flash, for Aquaman and Cyborg — but they’re very simple things, and [DC] understood. I said, “These things may never be used again, but I’m giving you all the components, should you wish to have things to build on.” So they either will or they won’t, but that’s how I approach a project like this. You have to take the attitude that this is the beginning of a mythology and it all matters, it all comes to fruition, and with any luck they will. I loved the people I worked with, they were wonderful. The DC guys were great. I kept talking about the DNA of John Williams in this other theme — using the DNA of Batman in these other variations, which were not the Batman theme — but it all derives from that… Musical themes are like genes, you carry the DNA along and it creates these subtle connections which are perceived on an unconscious level. It’s funny because I’m terrible at puzzles, but I love musical puzzles. It’s a different part of my brain.”

Are you excited to hear how Danny Elfman will incorporate some of the classic superhero themes into the Justice League score? Share your thoughts below!

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.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.

Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Billboard

5 Things We Want To See From Superman When He Returns In ‘Justice League’

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Henry Cavill Superman Man of SteelThe DC Extended Universe is having a massive year with the overwhelming success of Wonder Woman and the immense hype for the release of Justice League. The upcoming superhero team-up epic is what Warner Bros. has been building towards for the past few years and it is the first time we will the see the League assembled on the big screen. It echoes similarly to when The Avengers first teamed up 5 years ago. Justice League is going to be a huge event with several iconic DC heroes, but the character that most people are waiting to see is the Man of Steel himself, Superman.

At the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman makes the choice to sacrifice himself. With him currently being gone and set to make his return in Justice League, there are things that fans would like to see from Kal-El. Henry Cavill’s Superman has so far been the most divisive DCEU character. There are a lot of things that need to be embraced and altered when he returns so that he feels like the Superman from the comics that fans have been clamouring for ever since his debut in Man of Steel

Here are 5 things we want to see from Superman when he returns in Justice League. Click Next to continue.

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  • Nick Farina

    This is a wildly smart move. It’s incredible that even after TDK trilogy, MOS & BvS, when those themes play in 2017 EVERYONE still knows what they mean. Hoping they’re used well during iconic moments.

    That’s not to knock what Hans Zimmer did, which was great, but iconic is iconic. The Star Wars analogy Elfman uses is spot on. When it plays, you know what time it is.

    • That’s a bad analogy, because Star Wars is still all in the same universe. Hollywood tends to use Star Wars to justify everything they do.

      • Cash

        How about James Bond then? That iconic theme survived a reboot, and audiences didn’t complain about that.

  • josimar

    Can’t wait to hear his score!

  • GP


  • So Superman is in the movie then… I mean, I knew he was going to be, but I was hoping they’d keep that from all marketing. Oh well, no bigs.

  • JEB

    This is what I have been saying should happen all along!

  • I don’t agree with this. The DCEU has already built a musical lore. He should embrace and expand on that, not bring back classic themes from other franchises just to activate cheap nostalgia.I knew this would happen the moment they fired Junkie XL…

  • Darthmanwe

    I hope to god he didnt dare killing the Hans Zimmer superman theme, which is flight. If he did, this will be a big disappointment.

    • Michael Serate Cabardo

      Pretty sure DC would force him to use at least a variation on that theme, seeing that they added it subtly in the last trailer and they know that the fans would and really had a positive reaction to it.

  • Kenny Kraly Jr

    Really don’t understand why some are upset by this. Danny Elfman will do a good job on the score so don’t worry fans.