In addition to writing and directing reshoots on Justice League, Joss Whedon was also responsible for one other major change on the DC blockbuster, hiring composer Danny Elfman to score the film after firing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Junkie XL.
Being a last minute replacement meant that Elfman was working to a very tight schedule, while he also faced further pressure due to the reshoots, revealing to The Hollywood Reporter that much of the score was written to storyboards, rather than completed footage.
“I got the call from Joss very last-second,” said Elfman. “I got the call and it was, ‘You have to decide now and then go to work tomorrow.’ I had a lot of storyboards in place of action. There would be full scenes and then a five-minute sequence of storyboards. Honestly, it was like working on an animated film. I didn’t score any of the unused footage — the movie that came out is the movie I scored, it was just in very rough form.”
Meanwhile, here’s a featurette which sees Elfman talking about the classic themes for DC’s iconic heroes…
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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists 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 reunites Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as General Antiope alongside J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard (The Danish Girl) as Mera and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) as Steppenwolf.