In a recent deep dive with V.F., Zack Snyder explained that Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” was his late daughter Autumn’s favorite song. This answered the question many had when this very unexpected tune appeared in the first teaser for Zack Snyder’s Justice League in August.
But now there’s a new head-scratcher. A different impossible-to-categorize cult favorite singer-songwriter, Tom Waits, has joined the Justice League, soundtrack-wise. Waits, whose career has mixed Neo-beatnik jazz, German opera, dissonant rock, piano-based torch songs, and appearing in movies like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is the unexpected voice heard on a newly released promotional clip for the four hour “Snyder Cut” coming to HBO Max on March 18.
The track is “Time” from Waits’s groundbreaking album Rain Dogs, which he wrote while he was living in a basement apartment with leaky pipes in a then-dingy Manhattan neighborhood. The album has contributions from musical heroes, some better known than others, like Keith Richards, Tony Levin, Marc Ribot, John Lurie, G.E. Smith, Robert Quine, Larry Taylor, and Greg Cohen. The album also features the tune “Downtown Train,” that later became a substantial hit for Rod Stewart.
With a team-up like that, it makes perfect sense for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and company.
The clip, called “The Mother Box Origins,” isn’t a scene exactly. It is an image collage of the band of heroes in some sort of metallic relief, with occasional blue lightning strikes, red lasers and drips of (what might be) mercury.
In DC Comics lore, a Mother Box is a sentient computer. It was tinkering with a Mother Box that transformed Ray Fisher‘s character into Cyborg in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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