The theatrical cut of Justice League is riddled with issues. We’ve all accepted that, haven’t we? One of the problems that stood out the most for me was the music. Danny Elfman has brought us some absolute gems across his career including the original Spider-Man theme and the enchanting score for Edwards Scissorhands. Hearing the return of the iconic themes for both Superman and Batman was fantastic, but something didn’t feel right. Shortly after its release, it soon became clear that was we got was vastly different to what was originally planned. This includes the soundtrack.
Junkie XL is back to score Justice League and we were lucky enough to get a preview from DC FanDome. It wasn’t a long preview. However, it was enough to instantly show how different the entire film would be. Soundtracks are great tools that reflect the overall tone of the film. If you haven’t checked it out, you can listen to Junkie’s short preview here.
“To be honest, the reason why it’s called the ‘Snyder Cut’ is that there was a Snyder Cut. I knew quite a long time ago that this was in the works and that it existed,”
“This was not decided overnight. I had already done a lot of work for this project. It’s so exciting to see this version of the movie finally coming alive. Zack put a lot of time into the original version, I put a lot of time into the original version, so it is great to have closure and that this is finally coming out.”
Junkie seems relieved to finally be able to say goodbye to Justice League. He’s been sitting on a lot of work that had nowhere to go until The Snyder Cut movement ignited a spark of hope. For him, it’s closure to a project that started almost 4 years ago. So we are over the moon that Junkie can release what he made for the original cut. Junkie XL has previously worked with Snyder on Batman v Superman and is collaborating with the director once again for a new Zombie flick.
“It’s so great to work with Zack. This is like project number five for us. I have also finished Army of the Dead with him this year, and that movie comes out on Netflix next year. This whole year, it’s been like working with my best friends.”
Of course, Holkenborg did a lot of work for the soundtrack many years ago. However, a rare opportunity such as this has allowed him to revisit and rework his work- very similar to what Snyder has been able to do.
“Besides the Man of Steel theme for Superman and the theme for Wonder Woman, which I have given a new spin, all the other themes for this movie are brand new,”
“Some of them I did the groundwork on four years ago, but as you grow as a composer, you look at what you did and maybe have a better way of doing it now or a better idea. It was inspiring. I would get an idea in my downtime and think, ‘Oh, let’s rework this thing. Let’s do that.’ Because I knew for a while that this was coming, I had the time and space to shape it into its best possible form.”
So it looks as though we’ll get new variations of pre-established themes. Wonder Woman’s theme from Batman v Superman is absolutely outstanding so we can’t wait to hear what he has planned for it. How exactly is he going to change it? Exciting stuff. Additionally, despite being a massive fan of the Flash’s theme in Justice League, I can only grin at the thought of Junkie’s Flash theme.
Are you excited to hear what Junkie XL has in store? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We can hardly wait. The Snyder Cut will be available to watch on HBO MAX in 2021.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.