When Joss Whedon stepped in to take over from Zack Snyder on “Justice League” (with Snyder stepping down due to a family tragedy), one of the first things he did was assign Danny Elfman to score the film, replacing Junkie XL in that position.
In an interview with Billboard Danny Elfman talks about embracing certain themes for the iconic characters of DC Comics.
“There are a few little fan moments. 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.”
Whether or not Whedon and the film’s producers needed convincing or not is unclear, but Elfman understood the reasons behind this idea…
“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.”
You can read the complete interview at Billboard.com.
What do you think of Elfman’s comments? How will you feel about hearing the familiar Superman theme at some point during the “Justice League” movie?