Justice League: origin, main superheroes and trivia

A Justice League is now the premier group of comic book heroes at DC Comics, and one of the most popular in geek culture. The super team was formed to unite the main forces of the stories against gigantic threats, but its formation has already had some very unlikely variations – including some villains. However, contrary to popular belief, he was not the first group of heroes.

In fact, the Justice League is an alternate version of the Justice Society, the first comic book superhero group. The Society made its comic book debut All Star Comics #3 (1941) and was formed by Mr. Doom, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), The Flash (Jay Garrick), Hourman, Sandman (an earlier version of Neil Gaiman), Hawkman, Atom, and Spectre.

The Justice Society. From left to right: Atom, Sandman, Spectre, Flash, Hawkman, Mr. Doom, Green Lantern and Hourman.Source: DC Comics

During the 1950s, DC decided to create a second version of The Flash (Barry Allen), who came to exist in a different universe than the one in which Jay Garrick was. With this, the publisher could work with alternate versions of their characters (an editorial excuse to bring back dead heroes) and thanks to his powers, the Flash was able to travel between these universes.

From this, the Justice League emerged as a new supergroup, inspired by the Society, but with DC’s main heroes: Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, The Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Wonder Woman. Batman and Superman were later added at the publisher’s request, as they are the most famous characters. The League’s first appearance in comics took place in 1960, in The Brave and the Bold#28during the Silver Age as the brainchild of screenwriter Gardner Fox.

main heroes

DC has used all of its main characters in the League, even if temporarily, such as Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Elongated Man and Cyborg. Over the decades, different writers have rethought the group, taken out key members and replaced them with minor characters, and even some of the villains have appeared to face some threats. One of the most recent cases happened in the series Justice League vs. Suicide squad.

In this story, Maxwell Lord (one of the League’s first villains) uses the Heart of Darkness to infect the heroes and only Batman manages to escape. In order to stop the group, the Gotham Watcher decides to turn to the members of the Squad: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Crocodile, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost and Wolf. Lex Luthor and Captain Cold were also part of the League, during the New 52 (DC story relaunch that took place from 2011).

Justice League Dark.Justice League Dark.Source: DC Comics

Another different version that has become quite popular is Justice League Dark. The group first appeared in 2011 during the New 52, ​​with the aim of combating supernatural threats. As with the core team, this team had several members, but its origins include John Constantine, Zatana, Deadman, Black Orchid, Shade, and Swamp Thing. The team’s success was so great that it returned with Rebirth (the current relaunch of DC’s comics), and will have a live-action series that will be released on HBO Max, still without a confirmed date.

other media

In addition to the comics, the League has appeared several times in video games, movies and, especially, animations. One of the most famous productions is the film directed by Zack Snyder, which was released in 2021 on HBO Max. The production had a controversy involving the filmmaker, who was fired during filming, being replaced by Joss Whedon. For a long time, Snyder claimed that the released film was different from his original idea, which caused fans to scramble for DC to release the original cut of the film.

Zack Snyder's Justice League.Zack Snyder’s Justice League.Fonte:  IMDb

in the animations, Justice League: Flashpoint is one of the most popular adaptations. The story is based on the arc Flashpoint, when Flash travels back in time to save his mother, but as a consequence, this ends up changing the way things happened and gives rise to a war that would end the planet. In this story, even trying to right his mistake, The Flash gives rise to the multiverse again (this story will be adapted for the big screen as well). The League also had to face the Teen Titans in a 2016 animation, when Trigon, Raven’s father, manages to dominate the group’s heroes.

Not only did the Justice League become the biggest group of comic book heroes, it also served to redefine the way stories could work with their characters. She became a reference in the world of comics, in addition to having created some of the most important DC magazines and having passed through the hands of great writers and designers. Did you already know the group? What’s your favorite story? Tell us in the comments.

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