Superman Could Take Inspiration from Another DC Team to Introduce the Justice League into James Gunn’s Franchise

Superman's clash with the Fascist Justice League could end up pushing him to create the DCU's version of Justice League.

Superman Could Take Inspiration from Another DC Team to Introduce the Justice League into James Gunn’s Franchise

SUMMARY

  • James Gunn will be avoiding DCEU's mistake of introducing the JL way too early in the game.
  • While there might be a long wait before we see the team of heroes assemble, the seeds of it could be sown following Superman's interaction with The Authority.
  • If Superman did end up establishing the Justice League, it would serve as a great contrast to the previous DC universe.
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The DCU under James Gunn is set to avoid the mistake that tanked the DCEU gravely from which it never really recovered, which involved introducing the Justice League way too early. But the slate revealed by the Superman: Legacy director earlier this year had no mention of any forthcoming JL projects, but that isn’t to say that there won’t be any.

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Considering the initial slate announced in January didn’t involve every project to be released in DCU’s Gods and Monsters, Gunn might be saving the JL team-up for the tail-end of the first chapter. And the fascist Justice League could end up playing a prominent part in creating DCU’s Justice League.

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Also read: Grant Morrison’s “Shamanic” Encounter With a DC Fan Led To One of the Best Superman Comics of All Time

Superman: Legacy
Superman: Legacy

The Authority Could Push Superman to Create the Justice League

With the ever-increasing size of Superman: Legacy‘s cast, which will be the first major entry in James Gunn’s DCU, it’ll set the groundwork for the new cinematic universe moving forward. And with one of the confirmed characters being The Engineer, the Wildstorm character, it’s reasonable to assume the Man of Steel will come across The Authority in one way or another.

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Furthermore, the next major outing after Legacy is The Authority, a fascist Justice League, whose morals are radically different than that of the Man of Steel. Assuming that The Authority might already be a thing in the DCU, the clash between the team of anti-heroes and Clark could motivate him to create the Justice League in order to serve Justice in the American way.

Also read: Superman vs The Flash: DC Finally Has an Answer for the Fastest Speedster That Joss Whedon’s Justice League Didn’t Reveal

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The Authority | DC Comics

Superman: Legacy’s Production Is Running Smoothly

With the filming set to kickstart in March of next year, Gunn previously assured fans that the film will still be released on 11 July 2025 despite the three-month WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. The director also revealed that they’re almost done with the suit, and the score is almost written, even though fans won’t be able to witness the suit before the filming concludes. He stated,

“The costume is mostly done but we’re still going back and forth on some elements. A lot of the score – maybe even most of the major themes – have already been written.”

Also read: A DC Hero Nearly Destroyed Superman’s Credibility Even Before the Christopher Reeve Movies

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Superman | DC Comics

As of now, fans can do nothing but patiently wait and speculate about how things will unfold for the DCU. And if the Man of Steel does end up creating the JL, this will serve as a great contrast to the previous DCEU, in which it was Batman who does the job in Clark’s honor.

Superman: Legacy will hit theatres on 11 July 2025.

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Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.