Justice League

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Name: The Justice League
Justice League of America, Justice League Dark, Justice League Europe, Justice League International, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Elite, Extreme Justice
Abbreviation(s): JL, JLA
Creator: Gardner Fox
Date(s): 1960 - present
Medium: comics, cartoons, films, video games
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia
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The Justice League is the title of a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books of the same name published by DC Comics.



The team first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Feb/March 1960) as a revival of the WW2-era Justice Society of America. It received its own comic book title in October 1960, under the name the Justice League of America, Volume 1. Unlike rival Marvel's team, the X-Men, the concept was a team of superheroes who normally operated independently but who would join together as the League to address larger threats; later it was used to give lesser-known characters a spotlight.

In the late 1980s, due to the popularity of the book, a new Justice League was created: Justice League International (JLI), whose focus was more global than the previous JLA. A number of spin-offs were also created: Justice League Europe, Extreme Justice and Justice League Task Force. When sales declined in 1996, the "extra" teams were cancelled and the original team relaunched as JLA, which became DC's best selling title. Justice League of America, Volume 2 continued from 1996 to 2011 with similar plot-driven stories of epic threats and crossovers with various other DC properties. The New 52 reboot (2011-2016) of all DC titled retroactively added Cyborg as a founding member and created a number of teams including the government-sanctioned "Justice League of America" formed by Amanda Waller, Justice League Elite and the magic-focussed Justice League Dark.

Between 2016 and 2023, there were a number of reboots/retcons/reimaging of DC in response to reader response to the New 52 and other events. These included new Justice League books: Justice League, Volume 3; Justice League: No Justice; Justice League Odyssey; Justice League, Volume 4; and Justice League Incarnate. At the end of all this, the League had been killed and resurrected and during 2023 it was decided to put the team on hiatus in order to focus on other teams and the various members in their own books or as different team-ups.

Animated Television

The most well known version of the Justice League is known in the DC Animated Universe (1992-2006), introducing new fans to the comics and old fans a chance to enjoy the new universe which was close in canon details but enough twists and such to make it different.

Live-Action Television

Animated Films

  • Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) - the team consists of: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Martian Manhunter. Aquaman, Firestorm, Black Canary, Red Tornado and Black Lightning also appeared.
  • Justice League: Doom (2012) - team consists of: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Flash (Barry Allen), Martian Manhunter and Cyborg.
  • Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite (2013) - features several main JL members: Batman and Superman.
  • Justice League: War (2014) - team consists of Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, the Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Shazam.
  • JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014) - team consists of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash (Barry Allen), and Cyborg.
  • The Lego Movie (2014) - features several main JL members: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan).


The founding members were:

Other characters from the DCU were later added such as: Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Red Tornado, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Vixen and thousands more. The sidekicks often tend to lend support to the main cast, such as Robin or Supergirl. For a full list of the many, MANY JLA members, see Wikipedia's List of Justice League Members which includes which version of the team they were a member of, including the various non-comic media versions.

The main villains for Justice League often tend to be villains from individual hero villain galleries, such as Superman's Lex Luthor or Batman's Joker. Usually the different villains of the DCU team up to destroy the JL.



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  1. ^ The Batman Season 4 Episode "The Joining" - Batman allied with Martian Manhunter, who has created a group - The Justice League. Season 5 focuses on the League.