The upcoming Justice League movie won’t just unite some of the world’s greatest heroes, it’ll also unite some of the world’s greatest composers. According to Billboard, the film will riff on the classic theme created by vaunted composer John Williams for Richard Donner’s Superman in 1978.
Danny Elfman (Batman, Beetlejuice) and Junkie XL (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman) have teamed up to do justice to the Justice League soundtrack, and they’re pulling out all the stops by paying homage to those who came before them.
“There are a few little fan moments,” Elfman told Billboard. “I instated a moment of the Wonder Woman theme that Hans Zimmer did for Batman v Superman, but I also had two minutes where I had the pleasure of saying, ‘Let’s do John Williams’ Superman,’ 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.”
The prolific composer’s comments are yet another confirmation of what most fans have been buzzing about for some time: that Henry Cavill’s Superman would play a key role in the film, despite having died at the hands of Doomsday in BvS. The return of Clark Kent and John Williams will be most welcome in a movie that seeks to introduce a slew of new characters, like Cyborg, Aquaman (his little cameo in BvS doesn’t realy count), The Flash (ditto for his Suicide Squad appearance), and villain Steppenwolf.
“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,” said Elfman.