The current DC Extended Universe has been under the wraps since the departure of Zack Snyder from the movie, following a personal tragedy. But quite surprisingly, iconic composer Danny Elfman has finally managed to tease the fans with a vital piece of information, after replacing Junkie XL in the upcoming movie. Danny Elfman’s work in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman : The Animated Series has given him the stature of a legend in the superhero movie industry. So, it’s advisable to take Mr. Elfman’s hint a bit more seriously when compared to other rumours which float before the release.
Since his arrival in June, Danny Elfman has seemed to enjoy his work with the iconic DC characters as well as ace director Joss Whedon. Not the one to shy away from ‘traditions’, Mr. Elfman openly embraces the contemporary style of the older generation of superheroes. In his recent interview with Billboard, Elfman discussed the fun and the challenges he faced while working on Justice League. And more importantly, on the subject of Superman’s theme. There have been a lot of rumours regarding the appearance of a darker Superman. With Henry Cavill donning a black suit, Danny Elfman’s comments have seemed to fuel those rumors to a thunderous uproar.
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.
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.
While all this speculation might lead to a red herring, but coming from Elfman, the rumours have started gaining momentum. After rising back from the grave, there’s a good chance Superman might have turned to the dark side. Before coming back as the Big Blue Boy Scout to save the day, that is.
Danny Elfman also talked about his work on Aquaman and The Flash. He admits he has created ‘simple motifs’ instead of fleshing out big themes for these characters just yet.
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.
While Warner Bros. and DCEU have managed to maintain a lot of secrecy, Elfman’s comments have surprised the entire industry. Though, his comments have spoiled the movie-watching experience a bit, they have surely managed to amp up the excitement now. Considering his stature as a legendary composer, Justice League might sound very different from Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice.