‘Justice League’: Danny Elfman Wants Reboots To Feature More Classic Themes

Justice League DC Ben Affleck Gal Gadot Ray Fisher Ezra MillerThe long-awaited Justice League has finally hit theatres but during its production, a lot of shakeups happened. The final product in theatres was created by many creative leads on different fronts. While the obvious changeup is that Joss Whedon took over post-production duties on the film after Zack Snyder stepped down in May due to personal reasons, there was also a change of composers.

With Whedon on board, he decided to call up an old friend, Danny Elfman, who would help compose the film, which meant that original composer Junkie XL was fired.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Elfman discussed how he got the gig:

“I got the call from Joss very last second. I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide now and then go to work tomorrow.’”

Elfman recounted how much of the film was being shot as he scored the picture, which meant that he sometimes wouldn’t even be composing to the actual footage:

“I had a lot of storyboards in place of action. There would be full scenes and then a five-minute sequence of storyboards. Honestly, it was like working on an animated film. I didn’t score any of the unused footage, the movie that came out is the movie I scored, it was just in very rough form.”

Whedon only had a few requests for Elfman’s score, which included him bringing back his 1989 Batman score, as well as bringing back John William’s classic Superman theme:

“I twisted it and my Batman theme… the DNA is there, but the themes aren’t necessarily obvious in the film. Except for one specific moment in the final battle. Joss said, ‘Let’s do it [Batman’s theme] on the nose. Fans love this kind of stuff.’ “

Regarding Elfman bringing back the classic Batman and Superman themes, the composer discussed how he’s annoyed that many franchises don’t reuse the same classic themes:

“The whole concept that every time a superhero franchise is rebooted with a new director, then you have to start the music from scratch is a bullshit idea. It’s only for the ego of the director or the composer. They need to learn the incredible lesson that Star Wars and James Bond have known for ages, which is that keeping these musical connections alive is incredibly satisfying for the people who see those films.”

Elfman, who scored the first two Spider-Man films, used that franchise as an example to hone in his point:

“There’s like four different Spider-Man themes at this point, and as a result, he doesn’t have a recognizable sound. I told the guys at DC, you have a great musical heritage that you should be proud of and you should keep it alive. And they agreed with me, which is refreshing,”

One of the most interesting themes from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was Wonder Woman’s theme with it’s loud, bold electric guitars. Elfman reused that theme for Justice League, but decided to put his own spin on it:

“I use the Wonder Woman’s theme twice. The first time you see her, it’s a really heroic moment, but having heavy electric guitars or that effects-heavy sound would’ve made it feel campy or funny,” he says. “It’s a great melody and I was able to find a way to make it feel grand, which is what that moment needed.Now, when she’s running the second time and bouncing bullets off her bracelets, I thought, ‘This can be the fun moment, and I added in guitars, although it got drowned in the mix.’”

What did you think of the Justice League score? Comment below and let us know!

In Justice League, 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 is directed by Zack Snyder with post-production duties handled by Joss Whedon. The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg.

Justice League is currently playing in theatres.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

The 5 Most ‘Fun’ Superhero Films

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Most Fun Superhero MoviesJustice League is hitting theaters today and excitement is in the air for this bigger than life superhero film. Warner Bros. needs Justice League to be a massive success that will pave a new path for the future of DC Films, and the film promises to be a more lighthearted fare (at least compared to something like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) that is fun. “Fun” is a term often thrown around a lot when describing Marvel’s films, which aim to hit lighter notes, something that seems to work to great effect for them.

It is a term mostly used to describe a style that doesn’t take itself too seriously and leans into the escapist side of the superhero genre. With the release of such a huge film like Justice League it is a perfect time to explore a few of the best films that can easily be described by the word “fun.”

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Aahil Dayani

Aahil Dayani is a writer and film enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario. When he isn't writing about movies, he pretends to watch them.

  • Cash

    For everyone who accuses Elfman of being egotistical and disrespecting Zimmer’s work, he is at least consistent here. He wants each hero to have a “recognizable sound.” For Batman, that means his own theme, which was used in two popular movies, a wildly popular animated series, and various other adaptations since. For Superman, that means the famous John Williams theme, which is universally recognized. And for Wonder Woman, that means the Hans Zimmer theme, which is new, but great in its own right.

    • Darthmanwe

      Most people prefer Zimmer’s Flight to Williams’ theme.

      But even then, you could have them both. There are great mashups of those two themes online, he could have done something similar.

      • Cash

        Most people I’ve seen on internet comments sections seem to prefer Zimmer. I’m not sure that would hold true with the general movie-going public.

        My guess is if you were to pull people off the street, play various movie themes, and ask them which one they identify with Superman, more would pick Williams than Zimmer. But that’s just a guess. We don’t have any data.

        I do like both. I’m not arguing with you there. But I do think Williams is more recognizably Superman and shouldn’t be thrown to the wayside just because it’s old.

        • Christopher Chen

          Actually, as a hardcore Superman fan, I would rather forget Zimmer’s version and still stick the classic Superman theme composed by John Williams, bar none. That worked not only for Bryan Singer’s SUPERMAN RETURNS as well as the SMALLVILLE TV series on the WB.

      • Cash

        Also, Elfman didn’t compose an outright Flash theme for Justice League, but I thought that the general Flash motif sounded strikingly like Neely’s.

      • Matias Gagliardone

        I don’t think I know anyone that prefers Zimmer’s over William’s theme

        • Darthmanwe

          you do.

  • October_1985

    I’d love to see a documentary about all the stuff has been behind the scenes in this movie. It must have been way more interesting than the movie itself.

  • Sammy Boy

    I agree/disagree on this. Yes, of course, why not reuse the old themes, people know them already, they’re recognizable. But I only heard the Han Zimmer theme once in the film, and Superman wasn’t even in the shot (there could’ve been more, but if so, I haven’t heard it). Flight is a great score, and don’t get me wrong, I love Williams’s but that is another Superman. The Zimmer score should’ve been more prominent, way more than Williams’s. At the very least a mashup.

    Here kinda like this, just found it (it’s awesome, truly) :

  • Jose Striedinger


    I wanna share this video with you people. Here Hans Zimmer talks about how Man of Steel story felt so personal to him, about being an outsider and how HE identified himself as an outsider and kind of an outcast. He also talks about how he wanted the score to sound very HUMBLE. This is an artist that you can see put his HEART in his creative work, resulting in one of the most amazing score I’ve heard in my life.

    Meanwhile, Danny Elfman is here saying how he got a last minute call, how everything was pretty much done when he was scoring, how he had no prep time and how he wanted to use old tunes because it was cool.

    Now please tell me WHICH one of these two do you think CARED more about the art they were making? A quality creative work is NEVER the result of rushing things up. This average score is not Danny Elfman fault entirely, is also on Whedon and WB executives.

    Disclaimer: I liked the movie a lot but the score was your average forgettable marvel-like score.