A League of My Own

A while back, I threw together my dream Avengers roster. Because I don’t want to play favorites–and because from what I’ve seen the current team was created by a six-year-old–I’ve decided to put together my dream roster for DC’s Justice League.

There are a few rules I operated under. First, no sidekicks. I love Bart, Cassie, and Tim. But, they’re sidekicks and will remain as such. Second, characters who are widely associated with another established group were not in the running. Therefore, no Power Girl, Hawkman, or Captain Marvel. Whether or not I like these characters is irrelevant, in my mind they belong on the Justice Society of America. (This second rule may or may not be broken when it serves my own nefarious purposes.)

The Big Three:

Just like I wouldn’t want an Avengers team without Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, I don’t want a Justice League without Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Superman/Clark Kent

He may lack the tactical expertise of Bruce and Diana, but you can’t deny that Clark is one inspirational bastard. All you really need to succeed is Clark believing that you can.

Batman/Bruce Wayne


He’s Batman…why wouldn’t you want him on your team? Master tactician. World’s greatest detective. Paranoid freak. Plus, he can single-handedly defeat a clan of White Martians with a book of matches.

Wonder Woman/Princess Diana of Themyscira

Diana equals Clark in power and Bruce in tactics and hand-to-hand skill. She is, in every sense, a born warrior.

Aquaman/Arthur Curry

I like Aquaman. I have no problem mocking him, but I like him. I also have no problem with magic-water-hand Aquaman. As long as it’s Arthur, I’m happy.

Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz

Just like every Avengers team needs Vision, every Justice League needs J’onn. ‘Nuff said.

Green Lantern/Hal Jordan

For the longest time, I never really liked Hal–mostly because of all those lame boxing gloves from the old Super Friends show. But, I confess to having a weakness for these kinds of devil-may-care cowboy types.

The Flash/Wally West

I’m a firm believer that every team needs a speedster. Wally is, and always will be, “my” Flash.

Green Arrow/Oliver Queen

If you’re going to have Hal, you need Ollie. These guys are awesome together. (Part of me kinda wants Barry on the team to complete the second trinity, but I’m a Wally guy all the way.)

Black Canary/Dinah Lance

I like that Canary can not only hold her own next to folks like Batman and Wonder Woman, but also that she’s always ready to call Ollie on his shit.

The Atom/Ray Palmer

Ray comes from the generation of down-to-earth heroes that included Barry Allen and Ralph Dibny. On a team that includes aliens, space cops, and Amazon princesses, Ray serves as a constant reminder of the power of the human spirit.

Zatanna Zatara

What?!?!

Metamorpho/Rex Mason

Having Metamorpho on a team with Martian Manhunter may be redundant, but I just love this guy. Also, I know this violates Rule #2, but I don’t care.

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5 responses to “A League of My Own

  1. Hi Faust,

    My current dream line-up looks similar, but has 10 members – it was part of this post:

    http://1truegl.blogspot.com/2010/02/call-me-jla-elitist.html

    We seem to agree on the BIG GUNS and Metamorpho. I agree with some of your rules, especially on NO SIDEKICKS.

  2. J’onn and Rex together are not redundant, IMO.

  3. RE: Zatanna

    “What?!?!” is right. I don’t like her very much, at least not recently.

  4. That’s not a bad list.

    As for my inclusion of Zatanna: I really enjoy the way DC’s magic works. Their system is better developed than Marvel’s, in my opinion. I wanted a magic user on the team and, as much as I like Etrigan, he doesn’t really work well with others. Also, I like the relationship that Zee and Bruce have.

  5. The JLA should always have at least one magic user.

    I have to agree about DC’s mystical heroes. The overall system is better than Marvel’s, but the individual heroes are also individual. Currently, my favourite DC magical heroes are Doctor Fate and Ragman (he fits into the vigilante-world ala bat-family and also with magic users such as Shadowpact). Both are vastly different from each other, as is Zatanna from Phantom Stranger (a commenter, friend and fellow blogger’s mystical obsession). There’s always a logic behind magical powers in the DCU.

    Good point about Zatanna and Bats.

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