|“||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.||„|
|~ Martian Manhunter.|
The Justice League of America, also known as the Justice League and the JLA, is a team of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. As the DC Universe's premiere Silver Age superhero team, it is seen as the DCU's greatest gathering of heroes, be they well known icons like Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, and lesser known ones, like Black Lighting or Firestorm. The team was created by Gardner Fox, and first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28 in March of 1960.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter joined together to battle competing alien warriors known as the Appellaxians. It was later revealed that the seven founders where actually brought together to fight white martian forces.
- Superman - The Man of Steel and last son of the dead planet Krypton. Known as the world's greatest and most powerful hero and leader.
- Batman - The grim, brooding protector of Gotham City and the World's greatest detective. Despite not possessing any superhuman abilities, is significant due to his intelligence and excellent detective skills.
- Wonder Woman - The Princess & pride and joy of the Amazons of Themyscira. Blessed by the Greek goddesses and an icon for women everywhere.
- The Flash/Barry Allen - The fastest man alive. A police chemist turned into a speedster superhero by a laboratory accident.
- Green Lantern/Hal Jordan - The Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. A daring pilot known for his fearlessness and arrogance.
- Aquaman - The King of Atlantis and ruler of the seven seas. Commands all that dwells in the ocean.
- Martian Manhunter - The mysterious Manhunter from Mars. Considered by many to be the heart and soul of the league
- Green Arrow - The Emerald Archer. A liberal hero of the people and the modern day Robin Hood.
- Hawkman and Hawkgirl - The Winged Avengers. Reincarnated souls of Egyptian royalty or alien police officers, depending on the continuity.
- The Atom/Ray Palmer - The Mighty Mite. A physicist with shrinking abilities. Good friends with Hawkman.
- Zatanna - The Mistress of Magic. Daughter of the famous Zatara, the world's most powerful sorcerer.
- Elongated Man - The Ductile Detective. Possesses stretching abilities and detective skills that rivals that of Batman.
- Red Tornado - The Tornado Champion. An android possessed by an air elemental.
- The team is similar to The Avengers from Marvel comics, and have battled them.
- In the Post-Flashpoint continuity, the Justice League and Justice League of America are considered two separate organisations.