Original Justice League Composer Responds To Being Replaced

Cyborg in the Justice League trailer

Despite the massive success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, it seems like the DC Extended Universe is still in constant flux. Following Zack Snyder's departure from Justice League after a personal tragedy, The Avengers and Buffy director Joss Whedon was tasked with completing Snyder's vision for the film. But Whedon seems to be making massive changes on the film, including canning songwriter Junkie XL as the film's composer. He has since been replaced by Danny Elfman, and now Junkie XL aka Antonius Holkenborg has responded to the dishonor of being replaced in Justice League.

Following the news of Junkie XL's departure from Justice League, the songwriter took to Twitter to reveal his feelings about the change up. And they're pretty honest. He said:

As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me: you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess I finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to be part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss, and Warner Bros. all the best with Justice League.

Well, he certainly didn't hold back. The Batman v Superman and Deadpool composer has unfortunately been shown the door, which will likely continue to baffle fans of the DCEU.

While Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a very divisive film, there were a few moments that were universally adored. Chief among them was the introduction of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, especially once she entered the fray in the climactic battle against Doomsday. And accompanying the Amazonian warrior was her very own theme, composed by Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer. The music is exciting and powerful, and helped to revive audiences of the film. Many of us assumed that Junkie XL would compose similarly awesome themes for Justice League, and that his work from Dawn of Justice would carry on to future appearances of Wonder Woman. But now it looks like it ain't happening.

As a reminder, check out Wonder Woman's awesome theme from Batman v Superman, starting at around 0:50.

Seriously, I'm not sure I've ever seen such an effective bit of movie composition that aren't from a movie musical. Junkie XL's work is part of what made Wonder Woman such a standout aspect of an otherwise "meh" film, while also helping to amp up excitement for her solo movie.

It should be interesting to see what other changes Joss Whedon makes to Justice League is available to the masses. Furthermore, I have to wonder how Zack Snyder feels about Whedon firing key members of the creative time.

We'll see how it all shakes out when Justice League hits theaters on November 17th. Till then, check our full 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.