Joss Whedon isn’t the only creator stepping onto Warner Brothers’ Justice League to help get the film over its November release finish line. The Hollywood Reporter has released that composer Danny Elfman will be composing the film’s soundtrack.
Initially, Antonius Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, had been tapped by Justice League‘s original director Zack Snyder to score the superhero team-up film. The two had worked together previously on Warners’ Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Holkenborg is reportedly moving on to work on the music for the upcoming video game adaption franchise reboot Tomb Raider.
Holkenborg’s departure does strike me as strange. This is not a situation where the film’s post-production schedule has massively changed at the last minute. The current reshoots that are underway in London were always scheduled for this time, and the dates for scoring the film should have been pretty much locked into place for some time now. Is Holkenborg’s departure part of the reported on push from the studio to make sure that Justice League is not as dark as Batman V Superman turned out to be.
Last month, Whedon took over the post-production reins on Justice League from Snyder, when the director had to drop out due to a family tragedy.
Elfman’s relationship with Warner Brothers goes back over three decades to 1985, when he scored Tim Burton’s PeeWee’s Big Adventure. He would then go on to core a number of film’s for Burton, including the director’s two Batman films. He did further superhero genre work for director Sam Raimi on the first two installments of his Spider-Man trilogy. He more recently worked with Whedon on 2015’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, adding additional material to the score already composed by Brian Tyler.