The Justice League has been around since 1960, and throughout that time, just about every superhero in the DC Universe has been a member. Although the team is widely recognized for featuring the so-called "Big Three" of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, its roster includes so much more. Over the years, the JLA has included Black Canary, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Stargirl, Zatanna, and dozens more.
If you're a fan, you probably know a lot about the team. Still, with 60-plus years of history, there are things you probably don't know about the Justice League. After all, the group has been featured in thousands of comic books, numerous television series, a feature-length live-action movie, and more.
This list includes some of the more interesting things people probably don't know about the Justice League.
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Batman Has A File Detailing Ways To Defeat The Entire JLA
Whenever someone makes a claim about Batman being able to defeat anyone in a fight, they usually include the caveat, "If he has time to prepare." The Dark Knight is legendary when it comes to being prepared. He's used this skill to defeat foes far stronger than himself, and because he's not the most trusting person in the world, he even prepares to fight his allies.
His plans are pilfered by Ra's al Ghul and used against his friends, revealing Batman's betrayal. To defeat Superman, he creates a form of Red Kryptonite that turns the Man of Steel's skin transparent, causing a sensory overload from the Earth's sun. In Wonder Woman's case, he creates nanites that lock the Amazonian in a virtual reality where she squares off against an opponent who is her equal. Unwilling to quit, she fights until she perishes from exhaustion.
The Flash's exploit works by targeting him in the back with a "vibra-bullet," causing epileptic seizures. Due to his abilities, those seizures happen at light speed, rendering the Scarlet Speedster completely inert. Green Lantern can be defeated through hypnosis. He is hypnotized into thinking he is blind, so the Ring, which acts upon his will, makes him blind and unable to control his power.
Batman's Aquaman exploit uses Dr. Jonathan Crane's (Scarecrow's) fear toxin to induce hydrophobia, making him afraid of water. Because his powers come from exposure to water, he loses his strength. Martian Manhunter is dealt with in a similar way through fire. Nanites injected into his body cause him to experience perpetual combustion, playing on his Martian physiology and fear of fire.
Plastic Man's unique physiology means that the best way to defeat him is to freeze him, so Batman's plan involves covering him in liquid nitrogen. When Ra's and his men give it a go, they add a smack with a hammer, breaking him into bits. Batman even creates a contingency for himself, should he go rogue. According to the man himself, the way to defeat the Dark Knight is to abduct someone he cares for to distract him.Cool new fact?
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Martian Manhunter Is Addicted To Cookies
Martian Manhunter is addicted to a brand of cookies in the DC Universe called Chocos, which are similar to Oreos. He first acquires a taste for them whenever he isn't working on monitor duty. Basically, any time he isn't working in an official capacity, he's eating from a bag of Chocos, and it becomes something of a joke to his fellow Justice League members.
Booster Gold and Blue Beetle decide to play a joke on their Martian comrade, so they take his remaining supply and purchase the entire stock of Chocos from every retailer in the city. When he discovers his Chocos are missing, J'onn freaks out and has a tantrum. When he does, his shape-shifting abilities go into overdrive, and he - for lack of a better DC term - Hulks out!
He tears through the city looking for Chocos, and as he does, his intellect declines. He becomes so brutish and damaging, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle have to lure him to a warehouse to calm him down with their stash of cookies. It's eventually revealed that Chocos contain a chemical that causes a narcotic-like response in Martians. Eventually, however, Martian Manhunter figures out a way to exorcise the dependency from his body.Cool new fact?
A Continuity Error Kept Cheetah Alive In The Animated Series
Cheetah makes an appearance in the two-part "Injustice for All" episode of the animated series Justice League, though she's a bit different from her comic book counterpart. The animated Cheetah is most similar to the third incarnation of the character, Barbara Ann Minerva, who is locked in her cheetah form because remaining in her human state causes a great deal of pain.
She was supposed to be eliminated in "Injustice for All," but that didn't happen. A continuity error shows her alive after the Injustice Gang is defeated. As a result, she appears in another Justice League episode and eight episodes of its subsequent series, Justice League Unlimited.Cool new fact?
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The Team's Roster Once Included Marvel Comics' Hawkeye
During the JLA/Avengers inter-company crossover series published in 2003 and 2004, a familiar face to Marvel Comics' readers appeared with the JLA. Hawkeye managed to do something that has only been done by a single character in all of comic book history: He became a member of both the Avengers and the Justice League of America.
Hawkeye was only briefly in the JLA, filling out the spot held by either Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, both of whom were out of action via chronal distortions. When everything returned to normal, and both universes were returned to their respective comic book publishers, it was only after Hawkeye took out Krona's machinery. He and everyone else from the Marvel Universe returned to their familiar surroundings.Cool new fact?