Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ pièce de résistance superhero ensemble effort, has a daunting task ahead if it wishes to match the financial and artistic benchmarks achieved by Marvel Studios’ Avengers films. However, the score for the November-scheduled super-team film should be more than adequately covered with the acquisition of replacement composer Danny Elfman.
According to THR, a shakeup from Justice League’s relief director Joss Whedon, who recently stepped in for Zack Snyder post-principal photography after tragic circumstances, will not only see some London-based reshoots, but a changing of musical visionaries. Under the directorial stewardship of Whedon, Justice League will see a major personnel change, with Danny Elfman stepping in for the previously-tapped Antonius Holkenborg, an experienced talent in his own right, who operates under the nom de disque Junkie XL.
Snyder had been collaborating with Holkenborg on the Justice League production, after having worked with him on 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While a reason for the composer switch has yet to be provided, it was clearly not a voluntary exit for Holkenborg, who released the following bittersweet statement:
“As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me: you haven’t made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So, I guess I finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss and Warner Bros all the best with Justice League.”
Nevertheless, with Danny Elfman, Justice League lands one of the most experienced and successful television and film composers of all time; one who previously worked with Joss Whedon at a similarly late stage on his last comic book superhero mega-movie in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The rest of Elfman’s resume is, of course, a surreal list of blockbuster hits and television staples (seriously, the man composed the theme to The Simpsons). He’s notably been attached to the signature hits of repertory collaborator Tim Burton. Besides Ultron, Elfman’s comic book movie credits include Batman, Batman Returns, Dick Tracy, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Hulk, Wanted and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.
Justice League, with new director Joss Whedon and composer Danny Elfman, will serve as the proverbial Hall of Justice to Warner/DC’s cinematic heroes in Gal Gadot’s box office queen Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and, in a spoiler that’s not really a spoiler, Henry Cavill’s somehow-resurrected Superman. The film arrives on November 17.