Blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. is starting up the engines on the late night talk show promotion for Justice League. The Grammy award-winning artist performed his rendition of “Come Together,” a classic track from The Beatles prominently featured in the latest Justice League trailer.
After the financially successful but critically panned pair of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the DC Extended Universe is currently enjoying its first unqualified smash hit with Wonder Woman, which has not only dominated the summer box office but is even earning some Oscar buzz. DC is looking to continue their winning streak with Justice League, which will unite Wonder Woman with Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg as they take on the evil Steppenwolf, an alien warlord who believes Earth is ripe for the conquering in the wake of Superman’s death.
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As the film’s November release date rapidly approaches, we’re starting to get our first hint of the massive marketing campaign that’s surely right around the corner. Clark stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform his version of the John Lennon-penned Beatles classic to promote the superhero team up film. Check out his performance above.
It’s an electrifying rendition of a pop classic, and slightly unusual as promotional material for a comic book film. Most modern superhero movies have eschewed the star studded soundtracks of eras past – everyone from Prince to U2 have had prominent songs attached to 20th century Batman movies – but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Indeed, Justice League director Zack Snyder has a history of prominently utilizing pop songs not only in his trailers, but in his movies as well; his 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen notably begins with a dazzling montage of an alternative American history set to Bob Dylan’s immortal “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and the soundtrack features a cover of Dylan’s “Desolation Row” by rock band My Chemical Romance.
It remains to be seen if pop music will play any major role in the film beyond its promotional push. We’re not completely in the dark about how the film will sound, however; legendary composer Danny Elfman was brought on to replace Junkie XL, who had worked with Snyder on Batman V Superman. Elfman’s Tim Burton Batman scores defined the sound of the genre for a generation, and his return to the world of DC superheroics is a welcome development, even if he declines to include any rollicking classic rock covers.
Source: Late Night with Seth Meyers
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