We're living in the golden age of superhero movies. Already this year we've seen the gargantuan battle of numerous hard-hitting superheroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we're (very) close to seeing the Avengers assemble in Captain America: Civil War.
It seems that more is definitely better when it comes to superhumans. BvS paved the way for a conglomeration of DC's finest to collaborate in the battle against evil, with Justice League Part One the next in line to reach the big screen in DC's extended universe.
Like all graphic novel adaptations, the origins of the Justice League are weaved deeply into the fabric of the comic book world. Although there are a multitude of retellings and different origin stories across the years, let's take a look at the stories that influenced the team we'll see in Zack Snyder's film.
The Silver Age
Back in the 1940's, a similar group — known as the Justice Society of America — were the center of a popular DC strip. The crime-fighting, alien-destroying team included the likes of Atom, Sandman, Spectre, the Flash, and Green Lantern.
When comic book legend Gardner Fox was asked to rejuvenate the JSA, he opted to follow a similar format, but also include more modern characters. The Justice League itself made their first appearance in Brave and the Bold #28 (1960), consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Aquaman. Their debut battle was against Starro the Conquerer.
The two A-list comic book creations, Superman and Batman, took a back seat in early editions, rarely appearing on the cover, giving some lesser known characters a platform to earn legions of new fans. Such was the popularity, the group shook up the comic book industry, and even inspired the likes of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four.
It wasn't until two years later that a genuine origin story was finally revealed in Justice League of America #9. In that 1962 issue, the formation arrived after each of the team individually tackled the Appelaxians, and Alien race who came to Earth in a battle to decide their planet's fate.
After successfully defeating their enemy, the team had an impromptu meeting and decided, for the benefit of the planet, they should team up and offer support against further threats.
The most recent rejuvenation came with DC's relaunch. In the New 52 #1, the origin story was also reworked: The league forms when Darkseid attacks earth, and Batman and Hal Jordon convince Superman to join them in the battle. They're later joined by Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg.
That same team, sans Hal Jordon, will be joining forces for Zack Snyder's live-action adaptation, Justice League Part One, which is due for release next year, fronted by Ben Affleck as Batman, and Henry Cavill as Superman.
Snyder, who came under criticism from critics for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will have the important task of bringing the Justice League to the big screen. With a rich history spanning almost 60 years, they'll be scores of fans hoping he can pull it off.
Justice League Part One is released on November 17, 2017.
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Source: DC Wikia