Justice League has gone through so many changes this year. After principal production was completed, Zack Snyder stepped away to handle a tragic, personal issue. In comes Joss Whedon, who was responsible for Marvel’s first huge hit with The Avengers. Since leaving Marvel after Age of Ultron, he has stepped in for Snyder and has taken over the film. Along for the ride, Danny Elfman has come onboard to complete the score started by Junkie XL.
In an interview with Billboard, Elfman gave us some of the first official insight to Justice League. Even if has to deal with the score, many of Elfman’s comments are enough to garner excitement for the project that will hit theaters in November. Elfman, along with Whedon, have convinced DC and Warner Bros to embrace their past and not run from it.
“There are a few little fan moments,” Elfman told the publication. “I instated a moment of the Wonder Woman theme that Hans Zimmer did for Batman v 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.”
DC should understand this point of view, as their comic line “Rebirth” is doing the exact same thing. In 2011, DC Comics tried to reboot their comic line and dumped all their canon. However, after writer and fan complaints, it seems that DC has reversed their view and has begun embracing their past.
Elfman’s approach to scoring is more classical and traditional. As opposed to the rock star approach of both Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL. With that, Elfman is proving that he can get down with the best of them.
“It was the same as when I worked with [Whedon] on Ultron,” Elfman said. “He appreciates melodies and pieces. He’s like, ‘Oh, you’ve given it identity here!’ There was a moment where the Batmobile shoots out of a thing and he goes, ‘Go batshit crazy here! Batman the shit out of it!’ When I’m using the Batman theme, I’m using the melodic sense of it, I’m wasn’t doing full-on Batman, and there’s a moment when he says, ‘No, right here, Full on!’”
During Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zimmer and Junkie XL had composed the theme for Wonder Woman, which was used in her solo film. With a cast of this size, it is certain that Elfman had created something that could lend to their scores but it is not detrimental to it.
“I created very simple motifs,” Elfman began. “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.”
Interestingly, this is the first official news from the rumored Justice League movie that we have had. Much of the summer was plagued with overruns, delays, extensive reshoots. All of which make people nervous. It is nice to see some positive news coming out of this production. If anything, the score will most likely be amazing.