Zack Snyder had originally roped in Junkie XL, real name Antonius Holkenborg, to write the score for Warner Brothers’ 2017 released Justice League. But, after Snyder left the project before the completion of the film following a family tragedy, Junkie XL was replaced by the Batman fame Grammy-winning composer Danny Elfman.
During a recent interview that was posted to Reddit, Junkie XL openly talked about being removed from Justice League for the first time.
When the interviewer asked Holkenborg if he had plans to incorporate some of the thematic elements and themes of previous DCEU film he had worked on into Justice League, he said of course.
“Let me just give you a simple answer: of course,” Holkenborg responded.
However, he said Joss Whedon, who took over the helm of Justice League after Zack’s exit, had a different approach to the film, so he decided to go in a different direction.
“I can’t dive too deep into it because at a certain point, Joss [Whedon] took over from Zack [Snyder] and he wanted a slightly different approach so obviously he went in a different direction,” Holkenborg added.
Holkenborg had previously collaborated with Snyder on 300: Rise of an Empire before joining forces with A-list composer Hans Zimmer on Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also created the theme for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
“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,” Holkenberg wrote on Twitter after he was asked to make an exit from Justice League. “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.”
Elfman, who replaced Holkenborg on Justice League, had earlier worked with director Joss Whedon on Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elfman has been nominated four times for an Academy Award and has also won a Grammy award for The Batman Theme from Batman.
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