For all of the hate the DCEU gets, there are some subtleties they use which I enjoy. During to hodge-podge that was Justice League, the classic Batman 89 theme from Danny Elfman is used a couple times. Blending it into the rising action near the climax honestly brought chills to me. It is also a great tip of the hat to what came before. Composer Hans Zimmer is no stranger to the Dark Knight either. He composes for most Christopher Nolan films, including the Dark Knight Trilogy, and many other DCEU films. I love his work. If you enjoy it I would highly recommend checking him out on Pandora or Spotify. With Zimmer being the composer for WW84, the DCEU continues the trend of using previous scores.
BvS begins the film with the funeral, and flashback, to the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During the scene, the truly brilliant “Beautiful Lie”, by Hans Zimmer, is playing. The song encapsulates the emotions of the moment. It later returns during the infamous “Martha” scene.
While it isn’t usually common that songs are recycled (aside from some major, notable pieces) the DCEU continues the trend in their most recent film. In this case it absolutely makes sense as well. First, the two films are in a shared universe. The last film it was used in, Wonder Woman is also present, making herself known in the universe.
The second reason why “Beautiful Lie” works is the way it is similarly used as it was in BvS. The two times the song is used in the Zack Snyder film, Bruce is presented with honest truths. Not to give much from WW84 away, but there is a moment of truth where Wonder Woman addresses the world regarding the reality of Maxwell Lord and the Dreamstone.
I really like how the DCEU is reusing scores, especially if they are from Hans Zimmer. Have you seen WW84? Did you catch Han Zimmer’s “Beautiful Lie”? What are your thoughts on reusing scores? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!
WW84 is currently in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.