Warner Bros. has made the entire Justice League soundtrack available to stream on YouTube via the official WaterTower Music YouTube channel.
Elfman boarded the production this summer after original director Zack Snyder left Justice League under tragic circumstances. Snyder turned the superhero epic over to The Avengers Joss Whedon, who recruited Elfman to score the picture, replacing the previously-tapped Antonius Holkenborg (better known professionally as Junkie XL). Whedon previously worked with Elfman on Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the four-time Academy Award-nominated composer is no stranger to the superhero game: he's scored Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, and 2003's Hulk.
Fans can now listen to composer Danny Elfman's rousing score, which takes cues from John Williams' iconic Superman: The Movie theme and Elfman's own iconic 1989 Batman theme. Unfortunately, fans of Hans Zimmer's Man of Steel score may be disappointed to learn none of the music associated with Henry Cavill's Superman makes it into Elfman's score, nor does most of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice score, co-produced by Zimmer and Junkie XL.
Elfman puts his own spin on Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman Rescue," which presumably accompanies Wonder Woman's solo adventure against what appears to be bank robbers in the Justice League trailers. At minute 1:17, you can hear a new iteration of the now-famous Wonder Woman theme (first introduced in Batman v Superman as "Is She With You?"). Elfman's take is more orchestral in nature, replacing the aggressive guitar riffs of the original.
The first thirty seconds of "Friends and Foes" recalls John Williams' unmistakable Superman theme, putting a decidedly Elfman spin on the heroic score: it's more ominous and eerie, but nonetheless obviously has something to do with Henry Cavill's Superman, who will be resurrected sometime during the events of Justice League.
Elfman doesn't overdo it with his incorporating bits of classic Superman, but one has to wonder if it was the right decision: as iconic as Williams' Superman theme is, it's an integral part of the DNA of the Christopher Reeve Superman and those now-retired series of movies. Transplanting it into this unrelated rebooted franchise is a risky move — especially as Cavill's Superman already has his own musical identity in a score crafted by Zimmer. The Man of Steel theme isn't as iconic as Williams' take on the big blue boyscout — nothing is — but it was identifiable in its own right. As exciting as it is to hear those all-too-familiar bars of Williams' Superman works again, it would be fair for one to question if it should have stayed with the past.
The score gets bombastic and epic with the first 75 seconds of "Aquaman in Atlantis," and it doesn't take the world's greatest detective to figure it's the track that will be accompanying our first in-depth (ahem) look at the aquatic superhero's enigmatic home.
One would expect "The Final Battle" to set the tone for the no doubt action-packed finale in store for Justice League, but the biggest surprise comes at minute 1:15, when the distinct bars of Elfman's timeless Batman theme roar to life. 2:44 gives way to what sounds to be an awe-inspiring moment for the man of steel, in what is shaping up to be a movie filled with big hero moments.
With under a week to go until Justice League soars into theaters, the movie has scored mostly favorable responses from preview audiences. Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher, Justice League opens November 17.
The Justice League soundtrack is also available for streaming on Spotify and hits online retailers such as Amazon on December 8.