With all the love DEADPOOL is getting right now, it only puts more pressure on BATMAN v SUPERMAN, the next (and, in some ways, the first) film in their DC Extended Universe. What most people don’t know, however, is that both DEADPOOL and BATMAN v SUPERMAN share another element: a composer.
Tom Holkenborg, probably better known by the name Junkie XL, is the man behind the music for both of these films (well, at least half behind in the case of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, which Junkie XL composed alongside Hans Zimmer). Needless to say, the next few months are perhaps even more important for him than they are for even the most hardcore of comic book fans.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Junkie XL called BATMAN v SUPERMAN “Fantastic,” which likely wont surprise most readers. After all, someone who worked on a movie would hardly bad-talk a picture with so much manpower and money invested in it. That being said, with the exception of that second trailer, I’d say most of what we’ve seen has been pretty good thus far.
But Holkenborg had more to say than “the film was fantastic.” He also went into detail about his approach for composing the film. Most importantly, he emphasizes making the film your own.
“Now let’s go back to Superman or Batman, Superman… Keeping that in the back of your head, it makes little or no sense to examine what somebody else had done over the last ten or twenty years. Because in fifty years from now, when we’re all dead, somebody else is going to take a stab at Batman vs. Superman. Do you know what I mean? You don’t want that person to say,’Oh, let’s look back and see what Hans Zimmer and Tom did there in 2016.’ It’s like, ‘No, he’s going to do his own thing that he feels fits the time or fits at the movie.’ That’s exactly what Hans and I did. We made the movie our own. We observed it. We came up with the best possible solution for that movie in combination with the wonderful Zack Snyder. It’s really what that is.”
We’ve already had our first taste of this with the release of Batman’s theme onto SoundCloud, though many were very quick to dismiss that. I suppose we’ll have to wait until we see the music in context.
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