Back when Justice League was in Zack Snyder’s hands the first time, the plan was for Junkie XL to create the score. After the director stepped away due to a personal family crisis, the original plans for the score were scrapped — and so, too, was Holkenborg’s participation (via NPR). It’s easy to see why the director chose for him to come back aboard when HBO Max commissioned the Snyder Cut — the two already had a history, with Holkenborg co-composing the score for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice with his mentor Hans Zimmer (via Billboard). And he, too, had unfinished business with the film.
Holkenborg actually created a whole new score for Justice League, despite having already created themes for it several years ago with Zimmer. He felt as though his original work on the score didn’t reflect his current mindset or skills as an artist (via ScreenRant). The result is four hours of music that blends rock and roll, synthesizers, dramatic orchestral cues, and haunting vocals. While it differs radically from Elfman’s version, many agree the new score fits perfectly with Zack Snyder’s vision for Justice League.