With the four issue miniseries No Justice kicking things off in the wake of Dark Nights: Metal, the countdown to Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung, and Jorge Jimenez’s Justice League run has well and truly begun — but the League is only half of the equation here.
The Legion of Doom, a classic cabal of super villains that got its start in 1978 on the animated Challenge of the Super Friends, is preparing to make its first ever major comics debut after having spent the last thirty-some years as a fleeting idea or a reference in an Elseworlds story. Led by Lex Luthor, this incarnation of the Legion includes the likes of Sinestro, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta… and the Joker.
CBR caught up with writer Scott Snyder to take a closer look at the DC Universe’s newest team of evil doers, what they might want, and why now is the perfect, most important time for them to make their appearance.
CBR: So I’m looking here at the lineup for the Legion of Doom, and this is definitely a pretty eclectic group, considering who we know is rounding out the teams in No Justice, so I’m curious as to how some of this is going to shake out. Obviously, Sinestro and Luthor — who is rocking a regular suit and not power armor here in the promo, which is making me really happy– are currently in the No Justice mix, so it seems like something is about to fall out.
Scott Snyder: Yeah, part of the fun of No Justice for me is how it’s a bridge between Metal and all this new stuff in the Justice League group, so it’s going to tell you the story of why Luthor decides that maybe he’s made a mistake trying to be a hero all this time. For Justice League, you don’t have to have read anything else to pick it up, but it’s one giant cumulative story. So, for us, the idea was looking at what happened in Metal with Black Manta, what happened with Sinestro when the Source Wall broke. All of these things are catalysts for Luthor to say, “You know what? Maybe being a hero — maybe the heroes themselves — are this fallacy. Maybe the whole thing is the wrong way for humans to be.”
So having seen what happens in No Justice, and how strong the force of Entropy is on Earth, it really gives him a glimpse into his possible purpose in life. So when he comes back it brings him into conflict with another big DC character who I don’t want to give away — but, another villain who is trying to form an Injustice Gang.
The story is really about why, in this particular moment, an Injustice Gang, all that stuff, would be too small. We need something as big as the Legion of Doom — which we haven’t really seen in continuity, save for a couple small glimpses in Elsewords or things like that. I wanted to bring them back full force, set it against the Hall of Justice, and have it be the biggest clash that we’ve been able to do at DC in many, many years.
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