I don’t think I need to remind you that Zack Snyder’s interpretation of Superman has been polarizing to fans. Those who grew up loving the wholesome boy scout were betrayed by the more human, uncertain version of the character portrayed in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.
In the eyes of many, Superman shouldn’t have to go through a huge transformative process in order to think mankind deserves saving. However, it’s worth stating that this aspect of the character has always been intention on Snyder’s part. Rather than have a character who was a finished product from the get-go, his Superman was meant to eventually grow into the hero we know him to be.
Following his death in Batman v Superman, it was believed that he would emerge to become that very hero. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be something else if when he does become that hero that we hear the theme from the original Superman film? Well, it sounds like DC may already have that in mind…well…sort of…
Speaking with Billboard about revisiting DC in Justice League, Danny Elfman discussed a few details regarding his work on the film:
“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.”
Okay, so it’s not exactly a theme that emerges in a time of true heroism, but rather a darker moment where we’re still not quite sure of his allegiances. But the effect is still somewhat the same, and fans of the original film will definitely get a huge kick out of it. Nothing like laying a little bit of history on something new to make it impactful in a wholly unique way. This is something DC is starting to realize more and more as time goes on.
“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. Contemporary thinking is, every time they reboot something, you have to start completely from scratch — which, of course, audiences will tell us again and again, is bullshit. Because the single-most surviving and loved theme in the world is Star Wars, which they had the good sense to not dump for the reboots. And every time it comes back, the audience goes crazy.”
I’ll certainly be keeping my ears perked throughout the whole film for that. For them to fall back on the original Superman theme is a real stroke of genius — especially if it’s used in a very different way than we’d expect.
What do you think? Do you like how Elfman says they plan on using the theme? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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