Danny Elfman Talks About Scoring the “Justice League” Movie

In a new DC All Access video Danny Elfman discusses scoring the soundtrack for the “Justice League” movie, working with classic DC Comics movie themes, including John Williams’ classic “Superman” theme…

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November 26, 2017 6:23 pm

I liked it more once I heard it in the movie, but it’s not on par with the MoS and BvS soundtracks (minus the junkie xl stuff)

November 27, 2017 12:11 am

I was very disappointed with his score. I find it very generic and forgettable. He says he wants to use the classic themes but he barely does. He also barely uses Zimmer, so you’re left with a score that doesn’t really know what it wants to be. It lacks identity. If he wanted to use the older themes then he should have just gone all out and used them properly. Otherwise he should have just stuck with Zimmer’s stuff. Case in point, the very last shot of the movie would be ideal for the Williams motif but instead we just… Read more »

November 27, 2017 4:45 pm
Reply to  DiseasedManiac

And did you notice the Star Wars-esque tune in the beginning? Elfman has not been good since Tim Burton’s Batman, he is pretty much a hack now, has been for quite some time.

November 28, 2017 3:59 am
Reply to  DiseasedManiac

I’m not a fan of modern Elfman, but I’ll cut him some slack, because he had to do it on the fly. I haven’t sat down to listen to it, but I did notice it a lot more in my second viewing of the movie last night and the thing I noticed the most is that the entire OST is based on his Batman theme. It’s not just when Batman shows up (though in some shots, it’s straight up 1989 Batman and Animated Series); even during the battle with Steppenwolf the basic Batman motif is there.

November 27, 2017 5:54 pm

If I’m right, he played a bit of the John Williams Superman theme in a dark way when Superman was resurrected and had fought against the justice league .I didn’t like that they did that because I felt it was disrespectful to the John Williams theme, but I then felt that they made up for it when they played it again in a positive way when superman had faced off against Steppenwolf.

November 28, 2017 5:25 am

Roll on the day when John Williams Superman score is employed either fully or much more. The Williams score used in Justice League shows that it is too beautiful & iconic to dispose of. Zimmer had a go in MOS & to an extent in BvS but memorable? No, I think not & neither is this soundtrack other than original movie character themes employed. John Williams score ‘is’ Superman for me & Superman looks all the better in action on screen alongside it. The world of Superman fans & others can identify Williams score, I say make use of it… Read more »

November 28, 2017 4:16 pm

Not gonna lie, not sure where all the hate for the Danny Elfman score is coming from. I thought it was one of the best things about the movie and it was a total surprise for me going in. The allusions to the 1988 Batman soundtrack were found throughout and served the movie well. The interweaving of the Superman score is more subtle but also worked well I thought. Frankly, nothing against Hans Zimmer, but I thought this was the DC move soundtrack we’ve been waiting for.