Zack Snyder's Justice League may be the most highly anticipated film of 2017, but if they plan it just right, the Arrowverse could beat Warner Bros to the punch with their own Justice League this year in the upcoming CW crossover.
Admittedly, the Justice League don't have the best track record on TV — their formation on CW's Smallville overwhelmed the show's budget back in 2007, and the less said about the '90s TV movie, the better. That being said, most of the pieces are now in place for a faithful adaptation of DC's premier super team within the Arrowverse.
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Who Would Be A Member Of The CW's Justice League?
Now that Supergirl has officially joined the CW's Arrowverse, both Kara and her cousin Superman could be the cataylst that eventually brings the Justice League together, bringing the DEO's Martian Manhunter along for the ride too.
Other pivotal Justice League members such as the Flash, Green Arrow, Firestorm, Atom, White (Black?) Canary, Hawkgirl and even Red Tornado have all appeared at some point within the CW too, providing the show runners with more than enough members to fill out the Justice League's ranks.
Sure, we may be currently missing the likes of Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, but the fact that locations such as Gotham and Coast City are regularly mentioned means that seeing The Dark Knight and The Emerald Knight in the Arrowverse isn't totally implausible. Hell, even Batwoman could swing into an episode of Supergirl any day now, thanks to the new addition of Maggie Sawyer to the cast.
How Could The CW Form The Justice League In The 4-Way Crossover?
Green Arrow and The Flash have encountered a number of villains before without often feeling the need to call on each other for help, so it was going to take a huge threat to unite all of the heroes of the CW for the upcoming 4-way crossover. Fortunately though, the CW show runners have met the challenge by drafting in the Dominators, an alien race who are hellbent on destroying the earth in order to wipe out the meta-human threat once and for all.
So far, so good, but what remains unclear is the status of the CW's villains during this intergalactic invasion. Will Arrow's Prometheus take a well-needed break during the crossover? Could the likes of Savitar and Doctor Alchemy take some time out to Netflix and chill? Factor in the Legion of Doom into the equation alongside whatever Project Cadmus throws at Supergirl, and we're looking at a potential threat even larger than the Dominators.
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Sure, we may see some of the villains temporarily align themselves with our heroes in order to defend the earth — it's their home too, after all — but it's likely that characters such as Damien Darhk will take advantage of the alien peril in order to achieve their own diabolical ends. If that's the case, then the combined might of the aforementioned Justice League characters may represent the Arrowverse's only hope of survival.
Sure, the majority of these heroes will already unite to stop the Dominators, but we're hoping that the CW use this opportunity to specifically bring together the Justice League members into one cohesive unit, perhaps even sharing ties after the crossover has ended.
Will The CW Ever Form A Justice League?
The problem with this is that there's already far too many heroes to juggle across the four shows, which includes The Legends of Tomorrow team in the line-up too. Throw the Justice Society of America into the mix and we're already looking at a tricky set-up as it is, before you even begin to factor in the possibility of forming a Justice League.
Furthermore, it's already been confirmed that Superman won't travel to Earth-1 in the crossover, and we doubt that the show runners would throw a new name such as Batman or Green Lantern into the chaos.
However, that's not to say that some kind of reference or homage couldn't be included briefly as a cheeky nod to the fans. After all, this many superheroes have never appeared together in the history of genre TV. It's almost impossible to think of DC team-ups without the Justice League at least springing to mind, so we wouldn't be surprised if a throwaway mention isn't made at least in passing.
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It may be too soon for the Justice League appear in the CW's Arrowverse, particularly as Warner Bros. are gearing up to release their own take on DC's premier super team. However, there's certainly a chance that it could still happen one day. The CW has huge scope across its four Arrowverse shows to develop a project like this — and hell, if Smallville can manage to form the Justice League-lite back in 2007, the CW have zero excuses now!