Justice League: Gods and Monsters

Composed By: Frederik Wiedmann

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Set in a divergent reality, Justice League: Gods and Monsters features a very different view of our favorite heroes.  Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman use varying styles of intimidation, fear and brute force, all in the name of justice.  Each hero has a dark past that has inspired what they have become, but are they heroes of justice or maniacal despots?  And if they are evil, how do you serve justice to those above the law?

The musical score of Justice League: Gods and Monsters was created by German composer Frederik Weidmann, who came to Los Angeles in search of his childhood dream to become a film composer in 2004.  Beginning with his score for Return to the House on Haunted Hill, Weidmann has composed music for a number of films, including Company of Heroes, Hostel: Part III, The Hills Run Red and Field of Lost Shoes.  Weidmann is also no stranger to the DC Comics animated television series, having created musical scores for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware the Batman, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and more.

The music found on the Justice League: Gods and Monsters Soundtrack is quite dark, reflecting the presence of these alternate versions of our heroes.  While most scores featuring superheroes contain great brass fanfare, this score features mainly strings.  Ethnic woodwinds, dulcimer and guitars are used to supply the ethnic background for Wonder Woman, but the rest of the soundtrack is string-driven dark drama, manipulated here and there through electronics. 

The Justice League: Gods and Monsters Soundtrack is like nothing fans of the Justice League series of films has ever heard before.  This is not the heroic score you would normally come to expect.  Each of our "heroes" has a dark past driving them and the music clearly reflects that darkness.  There are action sequences in which the music takes on a faster pace and more dramatic effect, but Weidmann has created a score that is unique in the animated film series.  Quite an interesting listen.


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