DC Universe: After the Fall
The Justice League
“The League leads. When there is a Crisis, the other heroes — and the world — look to us first to deal with it, to rally others. We set the example.”
The Justice League is an organization comprised of the world’s most powerful super-heroes dedicated to fighting crime and injustice. They work together as a team and a strike-force, acting as Earth’s first line of defense against both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial threats. Their numbers have greatly expanded over the years, but the original core members were The Flash, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.
The official formation of the Justice League began when Earth was invaded by Appellaxian warriors sent to the planet to see who could conquer Earth first, as a means of determining who would become the new ruler of their home planet. Each alien warrior possessed a different power or ability, and attacked a different portion of Earth, which drew the individual attention of the Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. While most of the Appellaxian invaders were defeated by the superheroes individually, the heroes themselves fell prey one by one to a single competitor’s attack; they soon discovered that only by working together could they defeat the competitor. Superman and Batman joined them in defeating the remaining Appellaxians. Afterwards, the group decided that they should form a permanent organization to confront menaces that required a similar pooling of resources, and dubbed themselves the Justice League of America.
Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, was the first loss the Justice League took during the Brainiac War. Over the course of the war, the League took tremendous casualties, including many more of its founding members, notably Superman, The Flash, and the Martian Manhunter. After the end of the war and the destruction of the Watchtower, both Wonder Woman and Batman left the league for their own reasons. With that, leadership of the League fell to the Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. He has been struggling to rebuild the League to its former glory, but it is unlikely that it will ever reach the strength it once had. With the League so badly crippled, the criminal element of Earth has spread almost unchecked, once again leaving the defense of humanity mostly to a unaffiliated group of disparate vigilantes.