JLA. That stands for Justice League of America, not to be confused with the Justice League. They are the World's Most Dangerous Superheroes, not the Greatest.
Arrow already has key elements laid out of the Justice League of America, such as:
- Green Arrow/Oliver Queen
- Amanda Waller
- Cisco Ramon, who later becomes teenage superhero Vibe
- Doctor Light (hero version), who was mentioned by Caitlin and Cisco
- Professor Ivo
Now, before I go into more details, I'll explain the basics of the Justice League of America.
- Green Arrow
- Martian Manhunter
- Green Lantern Simon Baz
- Doctor Light (later)
- The Atom/Atomica (later)
Around 5 years after the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Batman and Cyborg) is formed, Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor design the Justice League of America to take on the Justice League, in case they ever decide to become bad.
The members list (see above) may seem very unusual, and it is. The writers explore the differences in the team's first meeting. For example, two of the members are killers, which scares them. Two of them are very young, while another two hold great power. One is/was a burglar.
The government and A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans) sanctions the JLA and announces them to the whole public. After that, they start their missions.
The plot of this particular series was to lead up to the Trinity War and Forever Evil, two big events in the comics.
- Secret Society
- Professor Ivo's JL Androids
- Earth-3 Crime Syndicate
Recently, season 2 of Arrow has been spectacular, because it has a clear direction and is simply awesome. It's been the DC hub for heroes & villains. The Flash, Black Canary (minus powers), and Deathstroke have been the most important to appear so far. The Mirakuru is a concept that I feel is being cleverly utilized.
In the comics, Green Arrow is on the Justice League of America because the Justice League wouldn't accept him. Just FYI, Aquaman encountered Ollie on the island once (in a not-so-good way), so it would be a cool flashback if it ever happened.
The CW's Arrow already has shown three characters that are involved with the Justice League: Green Arrow, Vibe, and Amanda Waller.
Geoff Johns and the writers added Cisco Ramon to the Flash pilot, which led to him having an appearance on Arrow. Why Cisco? It could have been Wally, or somebody else. Geoff Johns left the Vibe book to write the Flash pilot, so that could have been part of it, but I still think it's possible for him to be in the JLA adaptation.
Catwoman and Katana could easily make cameos on Arrow as a burglar and assassin. The vigilante has dealt with people like them before (for example: China White). Arthur Light was name-dropped in The Man Under the Hood, who becomes a member of the JLA for a short time.
Green Arrow, at least in DC's eyes, is becoming an A-list character with his TV show and outstanding comics, so why not give him a team that he can be in? Oliver being on a team changes him emotionally; it gives him a routine and people he can be comfortable around, outside of the arrow cave. The JLA comics show a world that could totally work in Arrow. Green Arrow was working undercover as a villain (Dark Hunter) to try to find out about the Secret Society.
In a few years, the writers of Arrow will run out of fresh story lines, so why not make Justice League of America in some sort of form? If DC ever decides to make this movie or series (which they might have decided already), it will be hard to have Oliver in his solo series because the audience will expect to see the JLA, similarly to the audience of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Storyline Idea: Around the end of Season 5, Oliver hears about the Secret Society and Felicity informs him about the threat they pose. He tells Felicity, Diggle, and Laurel (if all still alive) that he'll be gone for a while, so Roy Harper will have to stop crime while he's out. On his motorcycle, he puts on the Dark Hunter mask (see above) and that's the last time we see him before the JLA movie. At the end of the episode, Amanda Waller asks Steve Trevor if he will help her build a League.
HOW TO DO IT
DC/WB should make this a big-budget JLA film soon after Justice League. The advantage is that they could have these now B-listers and turn them into A-listers. There is no Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, or Green Lantern. It would be quite a risk, but DC should take a risk, like Marvel is with GotG. Plus DC doesn't have an X-Men-like team (Teen Titans doesn't count), and this could be almost as popular. Oh, don't use Snyder for this movie and hire a great director that isn't busy with Superman. How about Nolan or Spielberg?
Another approach could be a JLA TV miniseries on ABC or the CW. It's cheaper of course, but they could invest more money so that the CGI effects are as awesome as Man of Steel's. Even if Arrow is not connected to Man of Steel, because these characters are not usually the founding members of the Justice League (except Martian Manhunter), a League could still work. Smallville had their League.
MARKETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS
At the 2017 or 2018 SD Comic-Con, Stephen Amell should be with a director in the WB room to announce the movie (like how Superman/Batman was announced). DC/WB should say who from Arrow will be included in the movie. Since Geoff Johns wrote this comics series, he should be a producer of the movie because his work in this series was much better than Justice League: Origin. Cast announcements should be spaced out also like Superman/Batman. Before they start filming, it should be required that we see individual pictures of each character similar to this:
As for marketing, Man of Steel made $160 million off of promotions, so if they could be that successful with this possible movie, they're all set. Don't forget the Walmart Advanced Screening tickets! Those not only allowed people to be able to watch it, but also to by the merchandise they had out.
Put some fun in the movie, so that people will see it in the trailers.
CHARACTER INTERACTIONS & FUTURE
Later, the JLA is sort of disorganized because of the Crime Syndicate's failed invasion on the Earth. What happens next is out of this world. Seriously. Adam Strange, Animal Man (he's no joke anymore), Supergirl, and Equinox are among a few heroes to form Justice League United. By the way, Stargirl and Martian Manhunter are a stellar fighting duo.
Could Arrow be leading up to a Justice League of America adaptation?
Not yet. They are still focused on developing Ollie. Could they in the near future? Of course!
Would you be interested in seeing a Justice League of America adaptation?
I can't wait to hear Greg Silverman to say:
“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Arrow' will lead into ‘Justice League of America.’”
So while we desperately (or not) wait for World's Finest and Justice League, we have The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and Constantine to watch, that is if you're a DC fan.
I hope you learned something new from this article! Would you want a TV or movie of the JLA? Would you want Stephen Amell as Arrow? Should it be connected to the Man of Steel universe? Whose your favorite character in this JLA roster? Please leave a comment below and be sure to watch the season finale of Arrow on May 14 (it will have The Flash trailer)!