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The JLA might just be getting started in our theaters, and you probably know who's all slated to join. But do you know the history of the team?

The league's first appearance was in The Brave and The Bold #28 in 1960-

Where they battled a...what the hell is that thing?

But their first stand-together-alone comic was JLA #1 in the same year.

Their members included Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder Woman. Over the next few years, Green Arrow, the Atom, and Hawkman were all added to the team.

Their first origin story was told by them on their 3rd anniversary of the formation of the team, in issue #9.

Aliens had attacked Earth, and the heroes joined forces to stop them. The aliens arrived on meteors that caused those close to the rocks to change into the same form as the attacker. Martian Manhunter fought the stone alien, won, and started fighting the next alien. He began changing into a tree before he could win. It was the same with Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman. After they defeated their respective aliens, they also attacked the tree alien, only to start turning into trees. But, working together, they beat the tree guy, and joined up with Batman and Superman to fight (and beat) the final meteor alien.

Understandably, the team thought it would be a good idea to team up like this in the future, if the need arose.

I would LOVE it if they included a throwback to the heroes turning into trees in one of the JLA movies!

Then again....maybe not.

It's looking like the JLA we're going to be seeing in theaters will be closer to the New 52 team, rather than the original members. The Martian Manhunter is gone, and Cyborg is going to be here to stay.

And in 2020, the Green Lantern Corps movie will be released. That's the word on the street at the moment, anyway. But whether or not they/him will be in JL: Part 1 or 2 is yet to be confirmed.

With the movie JLA lineup DC has in store for us, it doesn't matter who joins the's going to be awesome!


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