Danny Elfman Is Your New Composer of the ‘Justice League’ Score
As of late, the DC Extended Universe has had more personnel turnover than a small-town strip joint. Their solo project The Flash lost its director and has yet to wrangle a replacement, the future of Batman turned into one endless, embarrassing game of musical chairs, and now there’s been an unexpected change-up behind the scenes of Justice League. With the November 17 release date a brief five months out, it’s nothing too seismically game-changing, but DC’s upcoming crossover is going to sound a bit different than anticipated.
Yesterday evening, The Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive that Danny Elfman has stepped in as the new composer for Justice League’s score. Their item details one of those classic creative-differences situations: director Zack Snyder had originally enlisted Antonius Tom Holkenborg (better known as Junkie XL, the musician behind the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road and Deadpool scores) for the musical accompaniment, but apparently communication broke down somewhere around the point that Snyder stepped down, leaving Joss Whedon to finish the project. Holkenborg was ousted and will now move onto the percolating Tomb Raider remake, but he explained it all to THR: “As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me — you haven’t made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess [I] finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss and Warner Bros all the best with Justice League.”
Elfman’s got loads and loads of experience — the guy was in Oingo Boingo, for crying out loud — but the tone of his score will be radically different from Holkenborg’s. Will Elfman preserve the overall Snyderishness that runs through the music of Junkie XL, or go his own way?