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June 15 2017

'Justice League': Danny Elfman to compose score. Danny Elfman worked with Joss Whedon on Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron." He now joins Joss once again as Joss finishes work on the DCEU's "Justice League" film.

[ edited by Tausif on 2017-06-15 16:58 ]

Nice, he's a great composer. I loved his Avengers theme in Ultron.

[ edited by Nico-Angel on 2017-06-15 00:13 ]
Danny Elfman has done many great superhero scores.The Tim Burton Batman films are classic scores but I really did like his Spider-Man scores for the first two movies.He's done Hulk and Hellboy II and worked on Avengers:Age Of Ultron of course.

ETA

He also created the theme for The 1990 Flash TV series.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2017-06-15 02:56 ]
Oh thank God. I am...not a Zimmer fan, lets say.
It would be really great to hear his Batman theme make a return, because it is perfect for the character (and maybe bring back Williams Superman theme while they're at.)

Because while I understand why they attempt new themes for the characters with each new reboot, when themes are that iconic avoiding using them just doesn't make sense.
As much as I love the classic Superman and Batman themes, I think they're a product of their time. For whatever reason, gone are the days of the theme that you'll be humming in your head as you leave the movie. I don't know what it is exactly, but movies these days seem to go more for music that equals the intensity of the action. So because the action is bigger, so is the music. That results in something less melodic and more pounding/zinging/booming. I'm actually a big Zimmer fan and I think his Man of Steel soundtrack is amazing. It feels "right" for this version of Superman, and still memorable enough to be a "theme."

I don't even remember the BVS soundtrack at all.

I think the Wonder Woman soundtrack was great. She has a really great cue (not gonna call it a theme since it's really only a few seconds long), but the rest of the music was much less electronic and more classically orchestral. I'm hoping for more of that from Elfman in Justice League.
I loved Alan Silvestri's score for "Marvel's The Avenger's". I loved Elfman's score for Tim Burton movies it underscores and emphasizes the weirdness in Burton's movies, that the characters, storytelling and adventure were slightly a bit off. It opened up Burton's stories to oddness and humor. Joss always likes to have jokes and oddness in his films to underline the reality in his films and to point out how absurd the situations are that his characters undergo. This is a good choice for Joss as it shows the DCEU expanding its gone to be able to incorporate different and odder viewpoints.
I keep forgetting I need to be excited about this! But now that I've seen Wonder Woman I am, and I hope Joss is making sure she has a decent arc and isn't sidelined. Elfman helps as well because I always look forward to hearing his scores.
@Bluelark, Joss is just finishing up the movie. Wonder Woman's arc was probably already defined.
As much as I love the classic Superman and Batman themes, I think they're a product of their time. For whatever reason, gone are the days of the theme that you'll be humming in your head as you leave the movie. I don't know what it is exactly, but movies these days seem to go more for music that equals the intensity of the action.


See this video called The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and pay partcularly close attention to the part about "Temp Music".

Strictly visual functional (rather than visually functional and melodically functional) film soundtrack music is a trend like any other. Personally, I can't wait for it to end. That way we'll start getting more great music to listen to in general from the film world again.
@brinderwalt- while I think there are some valid points, there's a lot in the video that is flawed.
(Their example of music in Iron Man not helping elevate the scene is a 10 second clip of Tony in his workshop, rather than talking about scene's like Tony's first flight where the music does exactly what he's claiming it doesn't.)

As for memorable music from the MCU- the first time watching that video my first thought was the theme from the Avengers, a piece that is mentioned once in this video...which is a huge gap in his argument as I definetly feel it is on at least the same level as the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings themes.

(As for why people in his small sample group may not have remembered it compared to Star Wars, Harry Potter or James Bond's themes...those films all use the mains themes consistantly to begin the films in their series and it's that combination of repitition and clear placement that help make the music easily identifiable for the casual audience. Marvel hasn't done that with their music, and a lack of consistancy definetly makes it harder for an audience to build an association between a piece of music and a film series.)


(And tieing it back to Danny Elfman, who this video uses as an example of someone critquing the modern practise of temp music and emphasises that his job is to make the director forget about the temp tracks, his theme from Avengers 2 was one I found myself hummming after the film and his hiring does make me think Joss may want to bring abit of that old fashioned approach to the sound of the film. Which makes me hopeful, as the trailers for the film suggested they would go for a very contemporary sounding soundtrack, where as the Justice League always felt like the type of superhero group that should have more of an orchestral sound to them.)

[ edited by rg253 on 2017-06-17 04:30 ]

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