John Williams’ score on the original Superman movie is easily the most iconic of all superhero movies. His theme for Superman will go down as one of, if not, the greatest themes for any movie character. Many fans were sad to see its exclusion from 2013’s Man Of Steel and even Batman v Superman, but Danny Elfman has informed Billboard that the theme will be included in Justice League and will even have a dark twist.
Superman’s theme also isn’t the only song he will be borrowing for the movie:
“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.”
Just the thought of hearing the classic Superman theme when Superman makes his triumphant return gives me chills. It would really symbolize his change into a character that instills more hope into the people. I’m hoping to hear a mix between the original theme and Hans Zimmer’s theme for Man Of Steel. What’s interesting, though, is that Danny Elfman stated that this comes at “a moment where we’re really not sure whose side he’s on.” This leads me to believe that maybe the Justice League is a little skeptical of his return at first, which is completely understandable. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Elfman went on to talk about how Warner Brothers is trying to separate the DCEU from the other DC movies, but he thinks they should do otherwise:
“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. “
Respect the Past, Embrace the Future. I love it.
He then talks about how Joss Whedon encourages him to go “full on” when composing his music:
“It was the same as when I worked with [Whedon] on Ultron. 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!’”
When asked about the music for Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, he responded:
“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.”
It’s very understandable that we wont be getting very distinct music for every character, so We’ll just have to see what the other directors come up with for their characters.
It seems like Danny Elfman has been making great music for Justice League, and it only gets me more excited to see the film in November.
Justice League releases in theaters on November 17 of this year.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.