At the end of Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League held a little recruitment drive. Having just fended off an invasion of the Dark Multiverse and after destroying part of the Source Wall, the heroes of the DC Universe saw how many threats are out there. In order to prepare for whatever comes next, they did some recruiting, but now we're seeing evidence that far more heroes make up the team than we thought.
Traditionally, the Justice League has consisted of a core cast of characters. That can usually include some combination of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and a Green Lantern, but that equation can differ. Grant Morrison's run on JLA included what fans refer to as "The Big Seven." Post-Infinite Crisis continuity brought new blood onto the team. The first Rebirth team had two Green Lanterns. Scott Snyder's run, though, has expanded the core team to nine, added two additional teams, and still has several reserve members popping in.
The current Justice League title, and every other book falling under the New Justice banner, seems to be invoking the essence of the Justice League Unlimited animated series. The heroes of the DC Universe make up a society of characters working together to keep the world -- and all reality -- safe. This is by design, with Snyder on record as saying as much, but the cast of characters associated with the Justice League has reached new heights over the last few months. Here is a rundown of every confirmed Justice League members, and those who seem to be associated in some unknown way.
The Justice League is Bigger Than Ever
When Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez, and Jim Cheung came together on a new Justice League title, they kept most of the team from the previous volume. That meant Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg were on the team. Instead of the one two punch that was Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, John Stewart took the role of Green Lantern. In the wake of Metal, Martina Manhunter and Hawkgirl were also added.
However, that's only the core Justice League team. In this era of New Justice, there are now three different Justice League teams performing different duties. Justice League Dark is the team's magic division, with Wonder Woman leading Detective Chimp, Man-Bat, Swamp Thing and Zatanna. This iteration of the group is actually referred to as a Justice League team, and they work out of the Hall of Justice, cementing their standing.
A third squad is out in space at the moment, with Cyborg leading Azrael, Jessica Cruz and Starfire. Their mission is to explore and protect the new Ghost Sector of space that was created in the wake of Justice League: No Justice. If this group will actually call themselves the Justice League is unknown, but being led by a member of the team certainly helps things.
Right there, we have 16 superheroes spread across three different Justice League squads, but that's not all. There are actually dozens of other characters who are seemingly on the team, though DC has made little mention of their inclusion, despite their presence in related books.