Since it debuted earlier this summer, fans have been noting the similarities between the Scott Snyder-led Justice League comic and the classic Saturday morning cartoon The Super Friends.
Not only did the new series rebuild the Hall of Justice base for DC’s premier super team, it also sees earth’s heroes facing off against the greatest villains as the swamp-based Legion of Doom. However, these Easter eggs are just set dressing for the series writer. The ever themetically-minded Snyder used the bases and lineups from the classic cartoons to drive deeper into how he views the Justice League as a franchise operating in this moment in time.
CBR spoke with the fan favorite writer during Comic-Con International, and Snyder opened up about what the Hall of Justice means for how fans see the League as well as the true meaning of Doom for the path of his book as it drives its way to a 2019 event.
CBR: Let’s start by talking about Justice League and the storytelling style on the book. You’ve worked to cram as much as you can into each issue. Does that come from the team aspect or a new creative direction for you?
Scott Snyder: It was really important to me to set a certain kind of tone. I felt coming out of Metal… Metal was me and Greg having all the toys and doing a big event. So it was sort of non-stop punishing guitar riffs. Just crazy stuff. And we only had six issues of our own stuff together there, so it was one of those series where you had to put everything in, as much as you could. It felt right for that tone.
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With Justice League, I wanted it to feel more magisterial — have a little more grandeur and a little bit more cosmic scope. It’s a little bit slower, but at the same time, for it to feel important to me — and this is not a knock on the Justice League stuff people have done, because there’s been good stuff over the past ten years — what I felt was missing was the connectivity and the sense of purpose in the DCU itself. [It needed to] reflect the stories happening in other books and generate stories for other books.
So with this first arc in particular, where the Legion of Doom comes in and the Hall of Justice and Hall of Doom are literally opposing architectures, I wanted it to feel that every character and every idea is there in the first arc. So you can see the scope and see the energy – the bombast and the sense of purpose of this whole thing. And it’s connected to the rest of the DCU because the stuff that’s spinning out like the Invisible Spectrum and the Still Force… you’ll see those in Flash, and you’ll see them in some Green Lantern stuff. We want you to feel like this book is the heart and the soul of the DCU – not because we’re more important but because that’s what this book should be.
It’s why we used the Hall of Justice. Whereas Grant used the Watchtower because there hadn’t been a Justice League of America that was larger than life, my idea was that they’ve been larger than life for so long that you can go into the Hall of Justice and see their trophy room and maybe catch a glimpse of Swamp Thing through a window. I wanted it to feel inclusive and connective.
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