Superheroes are imagined to have a strong ethical code. It is within the job description. In any case, that is why civilians belief their lives to those people… However typically, even superheroes fall quick and take an ethical misstep, whether or not in the direction of one another, a civilian, and even an antagonist.
With its quite a few members and particular person agendas, it is pure for the DC Justice League to have made questionable selections throughout the various timelines inside the comics. On the finish of the day, most superheroes are simply human (or half-human). Even when they’re dangerous function fashions, there’s something to be taught from them.
10 Superman Dooms Atlantis By Dropping It In The Sahara
Injustice: Gods Amongst Us #12 is one other story of the first Justice League members turning in opposition to one another. Inside this storyline, Aquaman and Superman are at one another’s throats as soon as once more. As a way to show that he is not going to permit Atlantis to be conquered, Aquaman instructions his armies to assault Earth’s coastal cities. In retaliation, Superman chooses to circuitously assault his colleague-turned-opponent. As a substitute, Superman, Surprise Girl, and the Inexperienced Lantern carry Atlantis from the ocean. They place the town within the dry Sahara Desert, thus dooming it and its inhabitants.
Revenge is a dish finest served chilly; nonetheless, Superman’s revenge not solely hurts Aquaman however a whole civilization.
9 The Inexperienced Lantern Dates A Teenager
After enduring some household trauma, the alien Arisia joins Hal Jordan as a Inexperienced Lantern. She develops a crush on him. Whereas Arisia does use her powers to age her physique into womanhood, she nonetheless has the mentality of a younger teenager, making this relationship totally inappropriate and unacceptable. To make a protracted story quick: the connection doesn’t final lengthy. Nonetheless, as a result of they’re stationed on Earth, then they have to abide by Earth’s legal guidelines and justice programs, proper? Relationship a minor undoubtedly hits a number of main chords.
8 The Justice League Resolve to Brainwash Batman
A typical sample all through the DC comics is the Justice League making the choice to show in opposition to one in all their very own members. In 2004’s Id Disaster, this unlucky occasion occurs once more when Batman dares to talk out in opposition to a quite controversial Justice League plan. He doesn’t need Zatanna to brainwash the antagonist, Physician Gentle.
As a substitute of politely disagreeing, the Justice League decides to brainwash Batman, too. Batman doesn’t recall this disagreement in any respect. Two birds with one stone, proper?
7 The Justice League Promotes Themselves To Lords
In a parallel universe, after the assassination of the Flash by Lex Luthor, the disillusioned Justice League promotes themselves to the Justice Lords. This alternate group consists of Batman, Superman, Inexperienced Lantern, Surprise Girl, and some others. After preventing crime for a few years, the Justice League decides that humanity have to be protected against itself. Their controversial strategies as Justice Lords embody limiting free speech, pressured lobotomies, and extra. Ultimately, they rule your complete planet. Their storyline additionally makes the leap from the DC Animated Universe to the comics.
Justice Lord Superman sums it up finest: “I did love being the hero. But when that is the place it leads, I am achieved with it.” Their cynicism doesn’t make them dangerous function fashions as a lot as their actions.
6 Surprise Girl Betrays The Justice League
As a superhero, what occurs if you determine to cruelly break an alliance? Revealed in 2000, JLA: A League of One has the reply. Realizing that she is extra highly effective on her personal, Surprise Girl decides to dismantle the Justice League. Like another common superhero, Surprise Girl decides to do that by herself. She fights every Justice League member individually.
Whereas the general difficulty is way more nuanced than that, Surprise Girl’s crew does forgive her. It’s plain to see who’s the great function mannequin, and who’s the dangerous one.
5 Batman Retains Recordsdata On All Justice League Members
Within the Justice League storyline titled Tower of Babel, Batman curates his personal model of the Imply Ladies Burn Ebook. Ever the planner, Batman shops recordsdata that element every of the Justice League members’ weaknesses, flaws, and extra. Whereas Batman by no means finally ends up utilizing the safety plans, they nonetheless encourage destruction when leaked to Ra’s al Ghul. This undoubtedly lowered the notion of Batman within the eyes of his Justice League colleagues; or, at the very least, those that had been the previous couple of to outlive Ra’s al Ghul’s wrath.
Evidently, this storyline validates the thought to by no means write down beneficial secrets and techniques, a lot much less your individual.
4 The Justice League Tells Youngsters With Disabilities To Get Over It
When organizing crew retreats, the Justice League males apparently by no means thought of sensitivity coaching. In “The Case of the Disabled Justice League”, Superman, Batman, Inexperienced Lantern, Inexperienced Arrow, and Flash work collectively to encourage a bunch of youngsters with disabilities. The heroes struggle in a mock battle with disabilities that mirror the children’, equivalent to blindness or a stutter.
Revealed in 1965, this Silver Age comedian has not aged nicely. The heroes strategy disabilities as one thing to beat or an issue that won’t be resolved with griping. On the intense facet, at its conclusion, the Justice League determine so as to add a particular addendum to their constitution: they may respect all people with disabilities and deal with them equally. What a low bar.
3 Surprise Girl Kills Mera, Aquaman’s Spouse
Within the alternate DC timeline, Flashpoint, Surprise Girl is not the honorable and admirable character that followers know and love. Surprise Girl pursues an affair with Aquaman, and that’s simply the starting of this weird character arc. Embracing her function as the opposite lady, Surprise Girl antagonizes Mera, Aquaman’s spouse, and murders her.
To drive the purpose dwelling, Surprise Girl takes Mera’s head and shows it as a contorted, terrible trophy. There’s a lot to unpack right here, however it’s clear that there are two dangerous function fashions: Aquaman and Surprise Girl.
2 The Flash Creates Flashpoint
What number of instances has humanity wished to alter the previous? Effectively, Barry Allen, a.okay.a. the Flash, pulled a Again to the Future. He managed to journey again in time and spare his mom from her doomed destiny. Little does he notice the repercussions: Superman is imprisoned, Bruce Wayne is lifeless, and the planet is on the mercy of Surprise Girl and Aquaman.
The lesson to be taught right here is that there isn’t any altering the previous, regardless of how briskly you run.
1 Superman Reveals Batman’s True Id… On Social Media
With as we speak’s know-how, it’s as straightforward to be a superb function mannequin as it’s to be a nasty one. In Injustice: Gods Amongst Us #10, Superman makes use of Twitter as his finest weapon to annihilate Batman. To punish Batman for imprisoning Hawkgirl, Superman tweets, “Batman is Bruce Wayne”. The tweet goes viral with greater than 2 million retweets.
On the planet of superheroes, there isn’t any better betrayal than to disclose one’s true id, particularly between two finest pals.
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