The Invincible Justice League

When it comes to superhero teams, none compare with the Justice League. This group of crime-fighting specialists is made up of the best of the best of DC Comics’ superheroes.

There have been many members of this team throughout the years, but a few superheroes have remained constant. The first members of the League (often called its founding members) are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter. Others that have been important members are Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Green Arrow, and Black Canary.

In the comics, The Justice League (sometimes abbreviated as JL) first appeared in The Brave and the Bold series in 1960. Versions of the team went under various names, such as Justice League of America and Justice League International.

In the television world, the JL was featured in two of DC/WB’s most successful series. Justice League aired from 2001 to 2004 and Justice League Unlimited ran from 2004 to 2006. The former featured all of the founding members (although Aquaman was not an official member), and the latter had an expanded cast of a superheroes.

The TV show Smallville also has established its own version of the JL. Although it has not been given the title outright, a team of superheroes have banded together on many occasions to fight crime in Metropolis and beyond. So far, members featured in the show include Clark (Superman), Green Arrow, Black Canary, Impulse (younger version of Flash), Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkman. A two-part episode also featured members of the Justice Society teaming up with the League (Dr. Fate, Stargirl, and Sandman).

It was rumored that a film was going to be made based on the famous superhero team, but that project was scrapped in 2008. WB (the company that makes DC films) is instead focusing on its individual movie franchises (Batman, Green Lantern, Superman, and in the near future, Wonder Woman and Flash).

This team is an essential part of the DC superhero world, and includes some of fans’ favorite superheroes in all history. Hopefully DC will continue to produce media that stars the Justice League for those of us who can’t get enough of the team.

Justice League Action Figures

I remember the first time I saw a Justice League action figure, I must have been five years old and it was the coolest thing I ever seen. It was a 4-inch high plastic replica of Superman and I was hooked. Now 30 something years later I am still hooked I want to share with you some of my research.

The team had been around since the 50s using the name Justice Society. However, the name was changed to the Justice league, in 1960 by the writer Gardner Fox; who was a huge fan of the National Football League and American baseball leagues. The JLS was first formed in 1960 and the original lineup consisted of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aqua Man and the Martian Manhunter. This was by far the best lineup (in my opinion) and remained the core of many of the lineups that appeared over the next 40 years.

The JL has had many interesting headquarters over the years: including the secret cave in Rhode Island, an orbiting satellite (JLA was based on the moon) and even Detroit, Michigan.

The JL ‘s heyday was the early to mid 70s where you could find Justice League action figures in pretty much any shop you walked into. However, the series declined in popularity in the early 80s and in 1984, DC and made a radical attempt to re-energize the series. In hindsight, this proved disastrous as the original team was disbanded and replaced with newer younger characters and the secret headquarters was moved to Detroit Michigan!!!

In an attempt to restart the series in 1986, a spin-off was introduced: the Justice league International. This series brought a lot of much needed humor to the franchise and was initially extremely popular; however, the writers really struggled to maintain the balance between humor and action and the series eventually failed in the mid-90s.

In 1996 Justice League America was formed (JLA is probably the most famous JL spin-off). JLA was about getting back to basics. The original team was reintroduced and the focus was now on global problems of a magnitude that required the whole team’s powers to be successful. JLA was hugely successful right up until they were dissolved in 2007 (for more details read infinite crisis, it is fabulous, and you will love it)

Approximately one year after the infinite crisis, Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman reformed Justice League of America and rumor has it that a live-action movie is forthcoming (complete with new Justice League action figures)

Justice League Costumes in Upcoming Superhero Movie

Superheroes, they’re everywhere – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! With Marvel’s “The Avengers” scheduled for release in 2011, it brings back rumors of the “is-it or isn’t it” happening of a Justice League movie. Not too long back, DC Comics was into the production of their superhero movie, “Justice League: Mortal.” Rumor has it that the movie, to have been directed by George Miller, was already over $200 million in expenses before the axe on the project dropped while filming in Australia. Ouch. Surfing around on the internet, it seems like it may be gearing back up for 2013.

Regardless of when a Justice League movie will be made, fans will be lining up to see the world’s most famous group of good guys (and girl). Featured in comic books, cartoons and movies, this team of crime-fighters has evolved over time, with new characters coming and going. But, for the most part, the main members of the Justice League (and the ones most likely to be in the upcoming flick) are Superman, Batman, The Flash Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.

Halloween and children’s birthday parties are sure to be infused with plenty of superhero costumes, party merchandise and toys thanks to the renewed interest in superheroes of both Marvel and DC Comic persuasion. Dress up as the “Man of Steel” in a Superman or as the “Caped Cruisader” in a Batman costume and head out to save the day – or, better yet, head of the casting agent’s office and see if you can land one of the roles!

Really, you can’t go wrong wearing a superhero costume. Head-to-toe Spandex is sure to get you noticed wherever you go and may even gain you the nod into that exclusive club you’ve wanted to hang out at! Other great places for superhero costumes is to meet up with all the other fanboys and fangirls at the nearest comic convention – or host your own superhero shindig and make wearing a Justice League costume part of the deal! Bam – Pow – Shazamm!