Danny Elfman/Justice League Update – Danny Elfman wants you to know that you got rid of a Junkie (XL), and brought back a master craftsmen. Elfman, known for his work with director Tim Burton, is bringing back past elements of previous DC Movie musical lore, such as the iconic John Williams “Superman” theme from the 70’s as well as the “Wonder Woman” theme introduced in “Dawn of Justice” by Hans Zimmer. Elfman’s entire intention is to embrace the heritage of these past films. Keep in mind, the below quotes to make mention of Superman’s return from the dead, so if you REALLY didn’t see that one coming, well, we can’t be responsible for your naivety;
There are a few little fan moments. I instated a moment of the Wonder Woman theme that Hans Zimmer did for Batman Vs. 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.
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 created very simple motifs. There are so many themes, you can’t just do a big theme for everything. So i created a motif for Flash, for Aquaman and Cyborg — but they’re very simple things, and [DC] understood. I said, “These things may never be used again, but I’m giving you all the components, should you wish to have things to build on.” So they either will or they won’t, but that’s how I approach a project like this. You have to take the attitude that this is the beginning of a mythology and it all matters, it all comes to fruition, and with any luck they will.
Elman also mentions that he convinced the producers of the film to hire an entire string orchestra to improve an emotional scene. It seems very much as though Junkie XL has been, as comic writers say, retconned out of the film.
Elongated Man Update – The fourth season of “The Flash” will introduce the Elongated Man into the Arrowverse continuity. Apparently, the source of Ralph Dibny’s powers will be a secret throughout the season. Andrew Kreisberg revealed that tidbit when he was quoted as saying;
That’s one of the big mysteries of the season. There’s going to be a lot of conflict between them in terms of how to be a good guy. Ralph is hitting on everybody all the time. He’s brash and loud and doesn’t listen.”
Quick Hits – Liam Neison un-retires from the world of action films, saying, “I’m going to be doing action movies until they bury me in the ground. I’m unretired.” Neil Gaiman, the author “Coraline” will voice Snowball V in the upcoming “Treehouse of Horrors” Simpson episode. “Ghost in the Shell” nominated for Outstanding Color Grading and the Outstanding Visual Effects categories in this years HPA Awards.