The Justice League is an organization comprised of the world's greatest superheroes. Together, they operate as a team dedicated to fighting crime and injustice, and act as Earth's first line of defense from terrestrial, extra-terrestrial and inter-dimensional threats. A team with a long history, the current version is made up of the inheritors of heroic legacies from the past.

History

Years ago, the original Justice League grew to the point that the individual members could no longer trust each other. The League was betrayed by one of their own, who learned all their secrets. Many Leaguers died in the subsequent battle and the Hall of Justice was left in ruins, never to be rebuilt.[1]

The latest version of the Justice League formed in response to a multiversal crisis involving Darkseid and Starro. Unlike previous versions of the team, who were held together by strong personal bonds, the new League operated under a charter which prevented the members becoming too close to each other in order to avoid a repeat of the past. The League was kept intentionally small, had no physical headquarters, referred to each other by their codenames, were forbidden from visiting each other's homes and only met when necessary to respond to major threats. The Flash and Batman kept their true identities secret even from their fellow Leaguers, and members treated each other in a brusque, businesslike fashion when together.

This made the League highly effective, although Superman privately wished for the League to be more like the one of his father's day and feared that the isolated members were missing vital emotional support. Additionally, Aquawoman and the Flash secretly maintained a close friendship in spite of the charter.

The Legion of Doom, seeking to expose them as (in their minds) false idols released the Hyperclan, a team of White Martians once defeated by the old League, from captivity. Their plan was for the Hyperclan to use their shapeshifting abilities to kill and replace the League. However, the Legion was unable to control the powerful beings, who murdered the Legion and left their bodies in the ruins of the Hall of Justice.

The League arrived to investigate, and, determining that there were no survivors and the killers had long since left, dispersed back to their respective homes and headquarters despite Superman's attempts to call a team meeting. The Hyperclan, disguised as members of the League, attacked the members as they were alone, teleporting each of them to an unknown location.[1]



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