With the fifth film in the DC Extended Universe soon to explode into cinemas November 17th, we introduce the heroic members of the Justice League and the uber-baddie determined to bring them down!
A bit of background for you first....
Inspired by Superman’s sacrifice in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015), the billionaire detective is putting together a team of Super Heroes to combat a force threatening the entire planet. For the first time, Batman understands that he, alone, cannot save the world.
CEO of Wayne Enterprises
Dark Knight, Caped Crusader, Matches Malone.
Created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Batman first appeared in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27, before stepping off the page to become a cultural touchstone across the globe.
The tragic origins of Bruce Wayne’s one-man war on crime were later revealed on the pages of Detective Comics #33 (November 1939).
OK, let’s just come out and say it: Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. Following her dazzling solo outing earlier this year, Wonder Woman is another League member whose reputation precedes her. Raised on the paradise island of Themyscira – a women-only zone – Diana is an Amazonian princess, and demigod, blessed with super-speed and strength and innate goodness.
The world’s first and foremost female Super Hero, Wonder Woman embodies the unrivaled force and grace of a born warrior with the genuine compassion of a true humanitarian. The first to join Bruce Wayne’s team, Diana’s natural confidence and unmistakable intelligence make her an indispensable ally.
Hero and Godness
Princess Diana of the immortal Amazons
Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. Since her October 1941 debut on the pages of All-Star Comics Volume 1, #8, Wonder Woman has been embraced by generations as a global symbol of peace, justice and empowerment.
This scarlet speedster is about to become your new favourite superhero. Born plain old, powerless Barry Allen, The Flash inherits his immense speed by accident and is still getting to grips with his gift when we meet him. We know what you’re thinking. So basically he’s really, really fast? Well yes, but there’s more to it than that. The Flash is able to experience time more slowly and, as a result, can do things like plucking batarangs out of the air mid-flight...
Barry Allen is an excessively energetic student attending Central City College, where he studies criminal justice with the hope of one day freeing his incarcerated father. More than eager to team up with crime fighting icon Batman, Barry’s remarkably quick wit is surpassed only by his ability to move at hyper-speed.
Base of Operations
Scarlet Speedster, The Fastest Man Alive
Barry Allen first appeared as The Flash in Showcase #4 (October 1956), created by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Carmine Infantino.
Barry is among a handful of DC characters who have appeared under The Flash mantle, dating back to the 1940 debut of the “Scarlet Speedster” in Flash Comics #1, created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert.
Aquaman’s been an icon for over seventy years. The King of the Seven Seas. Reluctant ruler of Atlantis. A man who holds his own against heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman. He’s able to breathe underwater, communicate with sea-life and is also incredibly strong. But he’s troubled too, coming from two different worlds, neither of which he really fits into.
Half-human, half-Atlantean, Arthur Curry is an outsider who does not feel at home on the Earth’s surface or under the sea. That is, until the world is threatened and he joins Batman’s newly assembled team of heroes.
Justice League, The Others
King of Atlantis
Aquaman was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, and first splashed into action on the pages of More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941).
Cast out from Atlantis as a baby, Arthur Curry grew up on land, thinking himself a normal human. But when he matured, Atlantis returned, claiming him as their rightful king
Nowadays, everyone’s juggling an offline and online persona. But only one hero is a literal marriage of technology and man. Half human, half machine, Victor Stone is Cyborg, a digital and physical tank—and a true superhero for the modern age. Infused with advanced alien technology, Victor is now pretty much at one with machinery, manipulating it at his will.
Victor Stone is a former star athlete at Gotham City University. After a horrific accident nearly cost him his life, he was saved when his father, scientist Silas Stone, used alien technology to reconstruct his body. In the process, Silas turned Victor into a human computer, organic with biomechatronic body parts. In other words, a Cyborg.
Member of Teen Titans
Cyborg was created in 1980 by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, and first appeared in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26, introducing the popular Teen Titans Super Hero team.
A fan-favorite in the Teen Titans comics and animated series (voiced by Khary Payton), Cyborg was reimagined in the August 2011 issue of Justice League #1, as part of DC’s The New 52 relaunch.
FIRST LOOK TO THE VILLAIN : STEPPENWOLF
Brought to terrifying life by Northern Irish actor Ciarán Hinds (aided by state-of-the-art, motion-capture technology), Steppenwolf is a military general from the planet Apokolips (a fiery hellhole that you really wouldn’t want to visit). He’s been sent to Earth by his nephew Darkseid, who’s also his commanding officer, to retrieve three Mother Boxes (miniature supercomputers with astonishingly powerful abilities). To what end? Well, if these threatening words from the trailer are anything to go by, then nothing good:
“No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian. This world will fall. Like all the others.”
BACK FROM THE DEAD?
The most famous superhero of them all (don’t even try to argue!), Superman (AKA Kal-El, AKA Clark Kent) is an alien from the planet Krypton who was sent to Earth by his parents just minutes before his home-world was destroyed. His powers, which he gets from Earth’s yellow sun, are seemingly infinite and include flight, super-strength, X-ray vision, freezing breath, etc, etc.
Everyone assumed he was immortal until he, er, died at the end of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. But does he appear in Justice League? Well, that’s the big question. And if he does appear, will he be the Man of Steel we know and love ? Only time will tell…
TIME FOR ACTION!
Justice Leagues hits cinemas November 17th! If you can't save the world alone, you also can't watch the film on your own, so to share the excitment book your tickets now!