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In 2001, Creator/StanLee was asked to re-write [[Franchise/TheDCU the DC Universe]] from the bottom up. Wait... Batman's the son of a cop? Superman's an AntiHero? Robin's a thief? How did all this happen?

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, ''Just Imagine...'' was a series started in 2001, when Stan Lee collaborated with Creator/DCComics to reimagine DC's biggest heroes from his own storytelling perspective. Origins are radically changed (as are the causes for their powers) while still keeping to the basic mythologies of the various characters.

The characters were:
* Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Robin}}
* Franchise/WonderWoman
* Franchise/GreenLantern
* Franchise/{{Superman}}
* Franchise/TheFlash
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}
* [[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}

!!Tropes featured in this work include:

* AdaptationDyeJob: Superman is blond.
* AlliterativeName: Everyone - Wayne Williams (Batman), Maria Mendoza (Wonder Woman), Mary Maxwell (The Flash), Leonard Lewis (Green Lantern), Robert Rogers (Captain Marvel), Ramon Raymond (Aquaman), and Joanie Jordan (Catwoman).
* AntiHero:
** Superman just wants to go back home, and he figures he can turn humanity's minds toward space exploration once they're free of the distractions of war and crime.
** Catwoman is vain and something of a kleptomaniac (much like the original!).
* AscendedFangirl: Mary/Flash was a big superhero comic book fan before getting her powers.
* CatGirl: Catwoman, natch. She can see in the dark, has cat-like reflexes and the ability to jump really far, and can shoot out really long claws.
* BadassNormal: Batman, naturally.
* BeardlessProtectionProgram: Batman got out of prison knowing that Handz would be after him, so he shaved his head [[BaldOfAwesome bald]] and turned his goatee into a [[BadassMoustache handlebar mustache]].
%%* BigBad: Crisis.
* CityOfAdventure: It's actually ''not'' New York, or a DC equivalent, this time. In this universe, [[HollywoodCalifornia Los Angeles]] is the superhero capital of the world.
* CompositeCharacter: Franchise/GreenLantern in this telling looks like a mixture between Alan Scott (whose powers are based in mysticism) and Hal Jordan (strength of character and enormous courage).
* DisposableLoveInterest: Steve Trevor for Wonder Woman.
* DisposableWoman: Superman's wife Lyella, and possibly Cathy for Green Lantern.
* DistaffCounterpart: Flash is female in this 'verse. There are female Flashes in the regular DC 'verse as well (Iris West and Jesse Quick), who may be inspirations for this character.
* ElementalPowers: Aquaman is made of water. He's basically a heroic version of the Marvel villain Hydroman.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: After Guitez fuses with the dark entity, requiring Maria to kill him via ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Robin/Hawkman.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Parasite was abused as a child.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: This is how Mary/Flash gets her powers. It's also stated that genetic engineering is needed to survive time travel.
* {{Handwave}}: By his own admission, Stan admitted in a commentary bubble that Salden/Superman's picking up on speaking English really quickly due to it's extreme simplicity compared to Kryptonian is this.
* InNameOnly: This trope is a deliberate unifying premise in the series. Unlike {{Elseworld}}s, which is a re-imagining of a DC character that usually retains most of the core elements, this series attaches the existing names to completely different characters with different powers, costumes, origins, appearances, and personalities. Usually, the only common element is that they're metahumans in a modern setting.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Catwoman is easily the most enthusiastic of the superheroes to fight crime
* KidAppealCharacter: Flash, by virtue of being the the character to [[JumpedAtTheCall jump to the call]], having the most optimistic personality, and is the youngest of the cast.
* LukeIAmYourFather: When Maria/Wonder Woman learns that her father is Guitez's puppet.
* LineOfSightName: Superman names himself Clark Kent by seeing the words spelled out on a van and a street sign, respectively.
* {{Mayincatec}}: Maria/Wonder Woman's culture can be summed up as this.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: On Krypton, all police officers are [[SuperCop genetically engineered]] to be superstrong and durable, except Superman. That's right; on Krypton, Superman was the TeamNormal!
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Part of Batman's backstory; after being framed for a crime he didn't commit, the skinny Wayne Williams started exercising strenuously until he had nearly doubled in size. He also spent a lot of time in the prison library, [[GeniusBruiser training his mind to match his body]].
* ProfessorGuineaPig: Aquaman injects himself with his formula to test if it will help him breathe underwater.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Inverted with Lois Lane in this 'verse. In every other incarnation of Superman's story, she's consistently shown as the Man of Steel's primary love interest, but here she's simply his agent who cares more for the money his superhuman abilities can bring.
* ProWrestlingIsReal: Batman is a massively popular pro-wrestler by day, and though the theatrics of wrestling are at the forefront, the "theater" part isn't.
* RaceLift: Batman's black, Robin's Hispanic, and Wonder Woman is Peruvian and gets her powers from {{Mayincatec}} mythology.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Church of Eternal Empowerment, led by Reverend Darrk. The not-so-good Rev. is basically an {{Expy}} of Brother Blood.
* SelfMadeMan: Wheras Bruce Wayne was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Wayne Williams is this.
* ShoutOut: An early sketch for Darrk looks like [[Franchise/StarWars Emperor Palpatine]]. He also Vader-chokes a subordinate at one point.
** Each source from the LineOfSightName mentioned above had two names. Salden (Superman) chose Clark Kent, but another possible combination could be [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]].
* TheDarkSide: The purple side anyway. Reverend Darrk and his cult worship it and use the darkness to their own ends.
%%* TheNudifier: Green Lantern and Parasite.
%%* TheStarscream: Adam Strange.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: Fly-By-Night Comics.
* WeaksauceWeakness:
** Shazam keeps saying "Shazam" and is BroughtDownToNormal each time.
** Green Lantern is vulnerable to the color purple, which just happens to be the color of the energy he's fighting.
** Anything Deathstroke [[TouchOfDeath touches dies]], including himself.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Handz, the gangster that kicks off Batman's origin story.
* YouKilledMyFather: Batman says this to the gangster responsible for his father's death.