When Hans Zimmer announced his “retirement” from comic book movies last year, my heart sank. After all, he composed the score for Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel and Batman V Superman – including the BRILLIANT Wonder Woman theme song. He also worked on non-comic book movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Interstellar, etc. Mr Zimmer is a bloody legend.
But hey, it wasn’t all bad, as JUNKIE XL, Hans Zimmer’s protege who worked together with Zimmer on Batman V Superman was set to compose the score for Justice League. And while Junkie XL is not Hans Zimmer (yet), he’s pretty damn amazing as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with his work, check out the video below. I promise you 13 minutes of eargasm.
Well, I have terrible news. It looks like we won’t be getting Junkie XL’s tunes in Justice League either. Joss Whedon has just replaced Junkie XL with Danny Elfman, who previously collaborated with Joss Whedon on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
— Tom Holkenborg (@Junkie_XL) June 15, 2017
A couple of things come to mind upon reading this news. One, while the MCU does have better movies under their belt, the DCEU definitely has the better soundtrack (Suicide Squad aside). Honestly, “better” would be severely underselling it, as the DCEU has some of the best movie scores of the decade. And this is largely due to Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL and to a lesser extent, Rupert Gregson-Williams – Wonder Woman. So, replacing Junkie XL with Danny Elfman is a peculiar choice, especially since Age of Ultron’s soundtrack doesn’t exactly scream memorable.
Two, perhaps it isn’t peculiar. We’ve been told that Joss Whedon is merely “guiding” Justice League through its post-production stages and some minor reshoots, while Snyder takes some time off following a family tragedy. But as days go by, that seems to be absolute bollocks. Not to say that Snyder isn’t actually healing with his family. I doubt the Snyders and Warner Bros would lie about that. However, I doubt that Joss Whedon is merely overseeing post-production. I think Whedon is tearing Justice League apart and building it back up from scratch. Why else would he replace Junkie XL with someone he’s collaborated with in the past? Plus, there’s also been rumours circling around recently that the so-called reshoots will be going on for more than three months.
I don’t know what to feel about this. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Zack Snyder’s visual style. That opening scene of Batman V Superman still gives me goosebumps. I truly believe that if Snyder is given a good script to work with, he can come up with something special. On the other hand, Joss Whedon is a much safer bet. Besides Age of Ultron which I absolutely loathe, his work on Firefly, Serenity and The Avengers (first one), is nothing short of excellent. He may not have Snyder’s visual flair, but he can direct an ensemble exceptionally well, which is admittedly more important.
While I sit in the corner of my room, drawing circles on the floor trying to figure out how I feel about all this, I have a question for you.
When it comes to Justice League, would you like to see Zack Snyder’s or Joss Whedon’s creative direction? Let me know in the comments section below.