Danny Elfman was brought in earlier this year to score Warner Bros.'s Justice League, and although he's best known to comic book fans for 1989's Batman he has gravitated towards another DC classic to fold back into the DC movies: John William's Superman: The Movie theme. In an interview with Billboard, Elfman revealed he's having fun and folding in new and old themes 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 vs. Superman, but I also had two minutes where I had the pleasure of saying, 'Let’s do John Williams’ Superman,'" said Elfman. "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."
Elfman didn't disclose if he's bringing some of his 1989 Batman score (or that Prince soundtrack) in for Justice League, but talks openly about the "iconic... heritage" Warner Bros. has with the DC films' scores.
"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," Elfman said. "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."
That being said, when asked if he created new characters for film-first characters such as Flash and Aquaman, he said yes.
"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,'" Elfman said. "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."
Justice League is scheduled to open in theaters November 17.