Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL spoke with Collier on his YouTube series “Studio Time with Junkie XL” and was asked how it was to score Justice League, in which he talked a bit about the pressure presented when giving a classic character a new score and goes on to discuss more on his relationship with Zack Snyder and Hans Zimmer, who he worked on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
ON SCORING JUSTICE LEAGUE WITHOUT HANS ZIMMER AND THE PRESSURE INVOLVED WITH SCORING FOR ICONIC CHARACTERS
It’s a massive undertaking. And I can’t say anything about Justice League specifically, but I’ll tell you this, and this was exactly the same experience that Hans and I had when we did work together on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: It’s like when you see a movie like that, these iconic superhero movies, some of them have a 60 to 80 year legacy, multiple composers had a go at their themes, multiple filmmakers did their version of these characters—it’s very scary. You watch a movie and it’s like, “Holy shit, now I have to come up with something.” You’ve got sweaty hands and you’re nervous, and you talk about it over and over again—and I have exactly that relationship with Zack Snyder—and then Zack said, ”There’s only one thing you can do, and that is embrace this character as if it’s your own, keep it close to your musical soul, and just do whatever you feel is the right thing to do for this character.” That’s the only thing we can do. That’s what all these great directors did back in the day, and that’s what all these great composers did back in the day. It makes no sense for me to do extensive quoting of Hans’ score of the really amazing Batmans. It makes no sense for me to quote Superman from John Williams. Because all fantastic composers, they all did the same thing, they did something that was close to their heart, and I have to do exactly the same thing on this movie.
HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ZACK SNYDER AFTER FOUR FILMS
You know this is Movie Number 4 that I’m doing with Zack, so you build a friendship and it’s built on trust and loyalty. You know how to challenge each other, you know what to expect on the other side, and it’s this really open, amazing dialogue about where to take this franchise.
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