The Justice League is a group of superheroes launched from DC Comics. There are over forty-one superheroes in the entire league, but you wouldn’t know that if you are new to the Justice League. What I now know is that the Justice League has multiple layers of episodes and characters. At first glance, you wouldn’t know that the characters are ingrained with deep history and captivating stories. I realize that I have so much to learn. Here are six characters from the Justice League that I didn’t know even existed.
Swamp Thing (Alec Holland)
Is a character from Justice League Dark. Apparently, this part of the Justice League doesn’t receive much attention but there is a discussion that that could be changing. Originally a scientist, Alec Holland was attacked by some bad guys. He was thrown into a swamp, caught fire and was heavily exposed to some type of fluid that caused his unpleasant appearance.
Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna)
Zan and Jayna, a team of two or three if you include their pet monkey Gleek, first appeared in the series Super Friends and later in Justice League Unlimited which was an animated television series. Two heads are better than one when it comes to these two. Their powers are activated when they touch hands and say “Wonder Twins powers activate!” When they cannot reach each other to activate their powers their pet monkey Gleek acts as a middleman allowing their powers to connect.
Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce)
Black Lighting was known as one of the first African American superheroes to join the DC Comics in the 1970s. He was introduced after the comic book world showed a great deal of disgust with the first black superhero called the Black Bomber. Black Lighting portrays as an ex-athlete who returns to his crime-infested hometown to fight crime. He can shoot lightning bolts, control electricity, can withstand poisons and doesn’t need food or water to survive.
Speedy (Roy Harper)
Speedy has been a part of the comic world as early as the 1940s but he originally appears as a sidekick to Green Arrow. Eventually, he makes a name for himself and is known for having extraordinary bow and arrow skills, hand-to-hand combat and detective skills. When he makes his appearance in Justice League he goes by the name Red Arrow which is his way of stepping into a new chapter in his life. He eventually leaves the Justice League after having a falling-out with a character from the Shadow Cabinet.
Steel (John Henry Irons), also known as the Man of Steel
Steel is the first black superman who stepped onto the scene in the 1990s. The brilliant Doctor Steel was an engineer whose experiment fell into the wrong hands and was used to kill innocent people. His character came about after the first Superman was killed while fighting doomsday. Steel tried to help Superman during the battle by picking up a sledgehammer but was unsuccessful. However, he vowed to honor Superman’s request to “live a life worth saving.” In the Justice League/Avengers, Steel has a small part developing a device for Flash to help him regain his powers.
Is one of the founding members of the Justice League International series. He had a rough childhood as a kid, trying to impress his abusive father. Growing up, Guy battles with positive and destructive behavior throughout his entire life. From getting into trouble to becoming a positive influence with children, the good eventually wins. However, he eventually leaves the group that he helps start because of his attitude. He ultimately leaves the group after getting into an altercation with Superman which left him feeling embarrassed. His superhuman strength, speed, and durability