Probably not since Danny Elfman on the Time Burton’s first Batman movie has there been a definitive superhero movie theme music, usually it’s all about mood and ambiance in these movies. But is all that about to change? Looking at the X-Men movies specifically, a wide-range of composers have taken a crack at putting the tales of Marvel’s merry mutants to music, from Michael Kamen (X-Men), Harry Gregson-Williams (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) to John Ottman (X2, and Days of Future Past). But what sounds can we expect to hear for Deadpool? What kind of score, and what kind of composer, would be suitable for “the Merc with the Mouth”? Answer: Junkie XL.
The news, courtesy of Junkie XL’s Twitter page:
— Tom Holkenborg (@Junkie_XL) October 4, 2015
In just a few short years, the composer/producer/engineer/mix-master who sometimes goes by his given name Tom Holkenborg, has built an impressive film composition portion of his CV. He’s written the scores for Paranoia, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Divergent, but his big breakthrough was the wickedly awesome score for Mad Max: Fury Road, which is insanely enjoyable on its own outside the movie.
But does he have any superhero movie composing experience, you may ask? As a matter of fact, he worked with Hans Zimmer on portions of the scores for The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He will also be reteaming with Zimmer on the score for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Deadpool will be his first solo superhero film score though, but does anyone doubt that Junkie XL can’t knock this out of the park? Hardly.
Deadpool will be in theaters everywhere on February 12.