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SYFY WIRE Zack Snyder’s Justice League

WIRE Buzz: Junkie XL teases new Justice League theme; Hulu drops Animanaics teaser; more

By James Comtois

Hallelujah, at long last, Zack Snyder's vision for Justice League will finally be upon us. And with an all-new version of the originally underperforming 2017 DC Extended Universe film also comes an all-new score and theme from composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL.

Junkie XL, who composed the score for Snyder’s 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, had been originally tapped to compose the score for Justice League. But when Snyder left the production and Joss Whedon took the reins as director, Junkie XL’s score was replaced by a new one composed by Danny Elfman.

But in a video presented during DC FanDome this past weekend, Holkenborg not only confirmed that he has been brought back to finish what he started with Snyder for HBO Max's upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but the composer/producer also gave fans a taste of the new theme.

“I’m so excited to be back and finish Justice League with Zack Snyder, the Zack Snyder cut. I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Holkenborg said in the video. “But there’s a lot of work that needs to be done, obviously, even though I already did a lot of work. So, right now I’m in the middle of finishing an action bit with the new Justice League theme, and I want to preview a little bit of that.”

Check out the video, which includes the new theme:

 Zack Snyder’s Justice League premieres on HBO Max in 2021. 

Wherever there is stupidity, we’ll be there. And so will the Animaniacs. 

To celebrate the 27th anniversary of the original premiere of Animaniacs (dear lord, where did our lives go?) and to get us all lathered up for the series’ highly anticipated revival, Hulu has launched a new trailer giving us a peek behind the scenes with Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille reprising their roles as Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner. The teaser also reveals Paulsen voicing Pinky and Maurice LaMarche back to voice The Brain.

So, what can we expect from this new iteration of the classic animated series? Well, as the show’s animated hosts put it themselves, maybe something reminiscent of the first season, "but modern, to show that we’re not your dad’s Animanics."

Can they pull it off? We’ll find out in a couple of months. In the meantime, check out the trailer from Hulu that shows the band finally getting back together:

 New episodes of Animaniacs will be available to stream on Hulu beginning Nov. 20.

Get him a body bag! Or maybe get him some painkillers and put him on an IV drip! You’re a doctor now, Johnny! At least in this alternative universe. 

In Cobra Kai, the Netflix (originally YouTube) show that revives the long-dormant Karate Kid franchise, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) rekindle their old high school rivalry now that they’re middle-aged. The show marks the return of Johnny since his brief appearance in the opening of The Karate Kid Part II. But according to Zabka, there was another, entirely different, way he could have re-entered the dojo: as Mr. Miyagi’s doctor. 

In an interview with Collider, when asked what were some of the wildest pitches he had heard for bringing Johnny back to the franchise, Zabka confessed that perhaps the wildest came from one of the franchise’s stars, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, who played Noriyoshi Miyagi. Zabka explained that Morita pitched an idea where Mr. Miyagi was dying and discovered that his doctor was none other than Daniel’s former nemesis, Johnny.

“I had so many people that had ideas for Johnny Lawrence," Zabka said. "Actually, my favorite one was Pat Morita himself had an idea. He wasn't done with Miyagi yet, and this was in his last years. He called me he said, ‘BZ BZ, I have a great idea for Karate Kid 5.’ Miyagi's going to die, and he wanted him to have a proper Okinawan burial, but while he's sick, he saw Johnny Lawrence as being his doctor, and I thought that was interesting. That was probably the wildest idea I could've imagined, and coming from Pat Morita, it was awesome."

Sadly, Morita passed away in 2005, so such a scenario is forever lost to the great sequel pitches in the sky. 

The whole interview is available below. The part where Zabka talks about Morita’s Karate Kid V begins around the six-minute mark. 

The first two seasons of Cobra Kai are available to stream now on Netflix.