An often asked question about #Batman is, how does he fit into the Justice League? He may be #DC's most prolific character, but how can we possibly expect a man in a bat-suit to stand on the same level as demi-Gods, cyborgs, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps?
We've discussed this before, in terms of how Batman's skill-set both as a vigilante, a detective, and a master strategist secures him his place in the League. And speaking of being a master strategist, it's mentioned many times across many forms of DC media that Batman has a plan to take down every single member of the #JusticeLeague should they go rogue, and we've even seen these plans in action on occasion.
These plans are called the Agamemnon Contingency, so named after the cosmic deity Agamemno who mind-swapped the Justice League members with super-villains from Earth, thus compromising them all. This spurred Batman to create the plans in the JLA storyline Tower of Babel — a controversial move as Ra's al Ghul ultimately used those plans against the League.
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So, have you ever wondered how to defeat the Justice League? Here we break down Batman's Agamemnon Contingency for each of the seven founding members of the League as detailed both in Tower of Babel and DC Universe Online, and wonder, will we see the Contingency appearing in the upcoming Justice League movie?
Code Name: Last Son
In the event of #Superman going rogue, Batman would use — you've guessed it — kryptonite. Superman himself actually provided Batman with a sample of green kryptonite in case of such an event occurring, which is stored in Batman's "Vault 7B." This kryptonite would incapacitate Superman if it were exposed briefly to the Kryptonian, and kill him over a long exposure period.
Batman also briefly experimented with turning green kryptonite red via exposure to radiation, but it was later revealed that red kryptonite had the opposite effect on Kryptonians, turning them evil and dangerous as it overwhelmed their powers. It was however briefly effective, turning Superman's skin transparent and overriding his super senses as it weakened him.
2. Wonder Woman
Code Name: Olympus
#WonderWoman is a tricky one, partly because she's perhaps the most stubborn member of the League due to her position as the champion of truth and justice. Her entry in the Agamemnon Contingency involved using a nanite injected into Wonder Woman's ear to trap her in a virtual reality. Inside this reality she would fight against an opponent who was exactly her equal, struggling against them until she became too tired to fight on due to her refusal to surrender.
Batman: Endgame revealed a newer twist to these mechanics with his suit of armor "Fenrir," as Batman uses the bind of veils to trick Diana into believing that she had defeated him. As he says then, the only way to beat a warrior of truth, is with a lie.
3. Green Lantern
Code Name: 2814
So how do you take out a #GreenLantern? The answer is fairly simple: You take out their connection to their Power Ring. How to do so is a little more tricky to answer though, as the rings are typically shown as unable to be removed from their user unless the host dies.
But, as Batman identifies, in order to wield the Power Ring Green Lantern must be able to see what he is doing. The inbuilt defenses of the ring make a direct attack upon the eyes difficult, but Batman's research led him to experimenting with the idea of a post-hypnotic suggestion planted within Green Lantern's psyche, which would cause him to believe himself to be blind. This belief would feed into the powers of the ring, which in turn would cause him to become actually blind, and therefore unable to use his powers.
4. The Flash
Code Name: Unknown
The Agamemnon Contingency didn't have a great deal of answers when it came to the Flash, with Batman's only note being "Paralysis?" However other entries in DC media have shown us different ways of countering the Flash's powers.
In Tower of Babel a specially created vibra-bullet was developed to be shot into the back of Flash's neck, which caused him to experience light-speed seizures until it was removed. While the bullet was only effective for around 20 minutes, the way Flash experienced time due to his speed made the experience feel like months, weakening him both physically and mentally. Maybe Batman decided this was too cruel though, as when they fight in Endgame he defeats the speedster by using a frictionless coating on the ground, which causes Flash to slip and slide so fast that he crashes into a building, taking himself out.
Code Name: Unknown
People like to make fun of Aquaman (mostly because of the whole talking to fish thing) but he's not a member to be taken lightly. However, his domain is the ocean. Some versions of the character had his weakness being that he needed to return to a body of water after a certain period of time or he would die, but later versions have removed or altered this weakness.
Still it was used as the basis of Batman's contingency against him. Using a modified version of the Scarecrow's Fear Toxin to induce severe aquaphobia, Aquaman was physically unable to enter water, which would lead to his death in a matter of hours. When this was used against him by Ra's al Ghul in Tower of Babel J'onn was able to utilize his telepathy to cure Aquaman's aquaphobia. So when Batman fought Aquaman in Endgame he defeated him instead by blasting him with foam that was specially designed to rip the moisture from his body, rendering him immobile.
6. J'onn J'onzz the Manhunter from Mars
Code Name: Red Sands
At this point in the comics The New 52 had not yet retconned Cyborg into the place of J'onn J'onzz, who was one of the original seven founding members of the Justice League. So while we're not quite sure how Batman would tackle Cyborg, we have a pretty good idea of how he'd take on J'onn J'onzz.
Batman identifies his strength and speed as J'onn J'onzz's most dangerous aspects, but also recognizes his vulnerability to fire. And so he suggests a nanite virus that would attack J'onn's skin, converting the outer layer of his epidermis into magnesium, which in turn would burst into flames upon contact with air. This strategy was once utilized against J'onn J'onzz, but he managed to survive for much longer than Batman had anticipated, hiding in an airtight, water-filled suit while he shed the affected skin cells.
Code Name: Detective
What, you didn't think Batman didn't have a plan for himself? Of course he does, he's just that kinda guy. As we said earlier, Batman identified his own weakness as being the fact that he is "only human." So what does he think his greatest vulnerability is? His parents.
As he explains, his strategic abilities could be distracted by playing upon his emotions, and his greatest blind spot is his parents. He could also be manipulated by threatening innocents or taking hostages, especially if they are friends or family of Batman. It has also been theorized that the Batfamily — Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red-Robin and Robin — could be the real contingency plan for Batman going rogue, as the five of them could likely take him down if they had to.
But Batman does make a final note in his file regarding the threatening of his friends and family, which reads only "Think carefully before you do this." Probably a solid plan, we wouldn't want to be on Batman's bad side either.
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