Danny Elfman (Spider-Man 1 & 2, Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman 1989) finally returned to the DC universe to work on a Justice League music score, replacing composer Tom Holkenborg / Junkie XL.
Let's back off a little to a few years ago.
When Warner Bros. announced that they would reboot Superman series with Man of Steel (2013) film directed by Zack Snyder, Superman fans who were disappointed with Superman Returns (2006) wondering if the classic theme music for John Williams's Man of Steel would be reused in this movie.
Hans Zimmer; the composer appointed by Snyder to work on the musical score of Man of Steel then announced that he would not use the iconic theme music. And guess what happened? The anger and criticism of the purists can not be dammed anymore.
Come on! Superman movie without John Williams music? What is the word of the world? More or less that is commonly spoken from the mouth of the purist. Regardless of how good new theme music is composed by Zimmer, they've established a determination to look at his music in a low fashion.
Skip to 2016, composer Junkie XL who collaborated with Zimmer to work on Batman v Superman score: Dawn of Justice was then appointed by Snyder to work on the Justice League. Junkie XL himself composed new musical themes for Batman characters in this movie.
However, when Snyder stepped out of the director's chair after his daughter died and was replaced by Joss Whedon to handle the reshoot process, Junkie XL was replaced by DC Universe veteran composer Danny Elfman, who worked on Batman's (1989) music and created Batman considered the most iconic.
The situation becomes inversely proportional. Elfman announced that he would not use Superman and Batman's new theme song by Zimmer / Junkie XL in the Justice League, but he will revive his classic Batman and Superman themes and John Williams!
"Traitor! Do not know yourself! Arrogant base! ", Said the fans of Zimmer and Junkie XL. They assume that Elfman relies too much on the strength of nostalgia instead of continuing the musical contestants in the DCEU. Funnily enough, the old fans cheered because they could finally hear the classical music theme in the cinema.
Rice has become porridge, just a few more days Justice League aired. Want to be debated like anything, both Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have already approved of Elfman's intentions.
The question now is whether the classical theme music works and blends well without sounding too flashy? Has Elfman lost his touch over the last few years to compose a bombastic score for this most ambitious DCEU movie?
Reviewing a score album without watching the movie first may be a bit difficult, but considering the album itself was released before the movie came out, of course there is no harm if we review it first!
Curious how the soundtrack is? Check out the second page!