Justice League composer Danny Elfman has been giving a little insight this week into what we can expect from the score he has created since being draft into composing the score after Joss Whedon took up the helm from Zack Synder after his departure.
Speaking with The Playlist, Elfman divulged that John Williams’s iconic Superman theme from 1978 will be making a triumphant return, which is sure to delight some diehard fans, we are liking the way this man’s mind works.
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“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’.
“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
“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 bulls–t.”
Elfman has also been busy creating musical motif’s for the film’s characters such as Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, giving them own unique identity.
“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.’
“Musical themes are like genes, you carry the DNA along and it creates these subtle connections which are perceived on an unconscious level. It’s funny because I’m terrible at puzzles, but I love musical puzzles. It’s a different part of my brain.”
Justice League will hit UK cinemas November 17th.