Danny Elfman thinks it’s “bullshit” that other Batman movies didn’t use his classic theme

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Justice League composer Danny Elfman, who once again was very passionate about his classic Batman theme.

Elfman took an indirect shot at Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer for not using his classic 1989 Batman theme in the Dark Knight Trilogy. He thinks it’s a “bullshit idea” for superhero reboots to start over from scratch with the music.

“I twisted [John Williams’ classic Superman theme] and my Batman theme… the DNA is there, but the themes aren’t necessarily obvious in the film. Except for one specific moment in the final battle. Joss said, ‘Let’s do it [Batman’s theme] on the nose. Fans love this kind of stuff.’ ”

“The whole concept that every time a superhero franchise is rebooted with a new director, then you have to start the music from scratch is a bullshit idea. It’s only for the ego of the director or the composer,” Elfman added. “They need to learn the incredible lesson that Star Wars and James Bond have known for ages, which is that keeping these musical connections alive is incredibly satisfying for the people who see those films.”

“There’s like four different Spider-Man themes at this point, and as a result, he doesn’t have a recognizable sound. I told the guys at DC, you have a great musical heritage that you should be proud of and you should keep it alive. And they agreed with me, which is refreshing,” Elfman said.

Elfman’s Justice League score has been controversial among fans. Some liked it, but others were left wishing they got to hear what the original composer, Junkie XL, had been working on. What do you make of Elfman’s comments and the Justice League score? Let me know in the comments section below.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter