Junkie XL Says Superman and Wonder Woman Themes Will Get New Spin in Snyder Cut
In a recent interview with Forbes, Tom Holkenborg -aka Junkie XL- shed a little more light on his score for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which he promises will feature new takes on Wonder Woman’s and Superman’s themes!
“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,” he revealed. “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.”
For those unaware, one of the aspects of Zack Snyder’s Justice League to get the axe was Junkie XL’s music. The composer provided additional music for Man of Steel before co-scoring Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice alongside Hans Zimmer. He was set to score Justice League and has said that his soundtrack was completed before WB replaced Snyder with Joss Whedon. As a result, Holkenborg was kicked off the project and the theatrical cut of the superhero epic arrived with an all new score by Danny Elfman that, for some reason or another, incorporated Elfman’s Batman theme as well as bits of John Williams’ Superman.
The final result was a decidedly underwhelming score that paled in comparison to the music heard in Snyder’s previous films. Thankfully, the Snyder Cut plans to incorporate Junkie XL’s original music, which means we will likely get to hear Zimmer’s iconic Superman theme once more. Rejoice!
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gadot as Wonder Woman, Momoa as Aquaman, Miller as The Flash, Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.
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