Comic Book: Justice League 3000
Today's Heroes... Tomorrow!Justice League 3000
is an ongoing DC Comics
series that launched in December 2013 as part of the New 52
. The series is written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, the writing team behind the original Justice League International
.Set in the year 3000
, the series features new incarnations of Superman
, Wonder Woman
, Green Lantern
and The Flash
. This new League, flawed clones of the originals, have been brought to the future by Cadmus in an attempt to restore an era of peace shattered years ago by an enemy known as "The Five".
Justice League 3000 features the following tropes:
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Teri succeeds Barry Allen as the Flash
- Anti-Hero: The Wonder Twins are willing to manipulate the new League's minds to force them get along.
- Back from the Dead: The original Justice League is dead, but they live on as clones.
- Flash gets resurrected from his remains the issue after his death in #4. He is then resurrected a second time in the body of the recently deceased Teri.
- Bad Future: Peace in the galaxy is broken after The Five toppled governments and slaughtered billions, and the Green Lanterns are wiped out, having become the most hated group in the universe.
- Big Bad Friend: Terry turns out to have been the leader and creator of the Five all along in issue 7.
- Blood Knight: Wonder Woman loves to fight and would rather talk with her fists than her mouth.
- Body Horror: When the League battles Locus, she eviscerates the Flash with a thought.
- Brain Bleach: Subverted by Wonder Woman when Superman mentions his memories of their former relationship - she simply notes her relief that her memories of the relationship remain a blank.
- The Bus Came Back: A particularly surprising and popular example as they had apparently been wiped from creation. Post-Crisis Ted Kord and Booster Gold return.
- Came Back Strong: Green Lantern's body is now suffused with the Green Light, at the price of it killing him as he uses his powers
- Came Back Wrong: The League are clones of the originals, but lack chunks of their memories and their personalities don't quite match up, whilst Superman lacks his heat vision and flight and Flash lacks his protective aura.
- Lois Lane seems to have returned as a villain.
- The Cape: Green Lantern holds the personality closest to a classic hero's, and indeed his cloak is his most defining physical feature.
- Character Development: In issue #3, Superman starts to show signs of a conscience. Considering how much of an arrogant jerk he is, that's saying a lot.
- Cloning Blues: The Flash questions if he and Green Lantern were really best friends, or if they're just programmed to think that. Batman and Green Lantern both note that they remember him being "sunnier". It turns out they're not really clones at all.
- Combat Pragmatist: The League resorts to this increasingly with their diminished abilities and teamwork. Green Lantern in particular realises that this is the only possible way to fight Locus, attacking her from behind and keeping her disorientated so that she cannot focus her powers.
- Credits Gag: Used to varying degrees on each issue.
- Dark Action Girl: Locus qualifies as this.
- Darker and Edgier: Wonder Woman lives for fighting. Superman is sexually promiscuous, belittles Batman, enjoys being worshipped and thinks nothing of killing his foes. They do get a little better after the team's origins are revealed, but not by much.
- Dysfunction Junction: The core of the series.
- Earth All Along: The League realize that the backwater prison planet, Takron-Galtos, is actually Earth when they come across the Empire State Building.
- Evil All Along: Terry proves this when he murders Teri and then subsequently also kills the current Flash in Issue 7, also stating he formed the Five to begin with.
- Evil Costume Switch: Well not evil, but the League's costumes reflect their darker personalities, particularly with Batman's red costume and Wonder Woman's mace.
- Explosive Leash: Every member of the Justice League 3000 project has inhaled "nano mines" that can be detonated on a moment's notice so long as they are in range. Terry kills the then-current Flash this way as a show of force to make sure the rest of the league stays in line.
- Five-Bad Band: Terry is the Big Bad, The Convert is The Dragon, Coeval is the Evil Genius, Kali is The Brute and Locus is the Dark Chick
- Fling a Light into the Future: Averted. The Wonder Twins decide to do their best to make a light in their Bad Future, using ancient Justice League DNA.
- For Science!: Teri's motivation. Terry is slightly more idealistic. Teri abandons this in favor of true heroism when she becomes the Flash, and Terry proves his idealism was all a ruse.
- Green Lantern Ring: Green Lantern's cloak mimics the abilities of the traditional Green Lantern ring. He complains that the ring was better.
- The Heart: Green Lantern, who tries to placate Batman and Superman.
- Heel-Face Turn: Firestorm, Lois Lane and Terry.
- Heroic Albino: Well more anti-heroic albino. Terry at least genuinely believes in the League and wants them to fix the galaxy's problems, but both of their actions are very morally questionable, such as cloning and tampering with the League. Subverted when it turns out that he's an evil sociopath. Teri becomes a straight example when she is resurrected.
- I Believe I Can Fly: Averted for once within a Justice League team. Only Green Lantern can truly fly, as Superman has lost his flight, regardless of what he thinks.
- In a Single Bound: Superman's main method of getting around, now he's lost his flight.
- Jerkass: Superman and Wonder Woman. The degree of it decreases over time though
- Last of His Kind: Green Lantern, the last of the Green Lantern Corps.
- Legacy Character: The series focuses on the successors of the original Justice League.
- Legend Fades to Myth: The tales of the original Justice League have since become fairy tales with multiple interpretations. They think Superman's origin was either an alien landing on Earth, or a farm boy finding a magic cape.
- Let's Get Dangerous: The League constantly bicker and are outclassed by the Five every time they fight. But with proper leadership and knowledge they wipe the floor with the Five on Camelot 7.
- Mission Control: Terry & Teri, the Wonder Twins.
- Mythology Gag: Batman's costume resembles that of a Batman from a different future. Speaking of Batman Beyond one of the characters is named Terry...and his and Bruce's roles are reversed.
- The Needs of the Many: The revelation in #4 that the killing of a person is needed to resurrect each League member raises this as an issue.
- Past-Life Memories: The League's are incomplete, causing a large shift in their personalities without their nurture tailoring their nature. They know who each other are, but have no memory of being friends or a successful team. Superman lacks his memories of being raised as Clark Kent, and Batman his parents' deaths.
- Psycho Rangers: The Big Bad clones his own Injustice League with each designed to counteract the Justice League after being enhanced. They comprise of Zeus, Mirror Master, Bane, Sinestro and Lois Lane.
- Reality Warper: Locus. She's so powerful, the Wonder Twins order the League to retreat from the planet that she is on. They don't and a Curb-Stomp Battle ensues in her favor.
- Really Gets Around: Wonder Woman is much more forward now, propositioning Batman and Green Lantern. The only man she won't have a go at is Superman.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning:
- Batman's new costume.
- Superman's eyes tend to glow red when he gets angry. Which, given his new personality, happens a lot.
- Required Secondary Powers: Notably averted by the Flash, who doesn't have the aura protecting him from friction as he runs at super speed and requires forcefields to replicate the effect.
- The Reveal: The League are not clones at all. The Wonder Twins instead overwrote the memories and DNA of five people with the original Justice League's DNA using nanotechnology, essentially killing these five subjects.
- Sixth Ranger: Firestorm joins the team in #4.
- The Slow Path: A few immortal characters have lived out the millennium since the present day. Etrigan the Demon and Ice are the only known examples so far.
- Smug Super: Superman, oh so much.
- The Sociopath: In issue #3, armed forces make Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman surrender by threatening to gun down the innocents around them, aware that their weapons can't harm the League. Batman quickly gives in, but Wonder Woman couldn't care less.
- Stealth Sequel: To Formerly Known as the Justice League and I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League.
- Team Mom: Ariel Masters, somewhat literally.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Batman and Superman hate each other to the point that Batman plants an explosive on Superman's face purely because he refuses to be saved by him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Superman's an arrogant tool and Wonder Woman's a Blood Knight.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Other characters note that Superman is becoming more humble, and the Wonder Twins are amazed when Wonder Woman shows compassion for the first time since they attempted to create her for the people sacrificed to recreate the League.
- The Unfettered: The new Superman revels in the fact that without the beliefs he gained as Clark Kent holding him back, he can unleash his 'true' self.
- Villainous Crush: Locus just got out of a relationship and has the hots for Green Lantern.
- We Have Reserves: When the Flash is killed by Locus, the Wonder Twins are horrified, but Terry suggests they generate another Flash.
- Wham Episode: Issue #7, just... Issue #7: Terry turns out to be both the leader and the founder of the five. He kills Teri in front of the League and blows up Barry's head with nano-mines, killing him once again. He's also been releasing nano-mines into the air at Cadmus, meaning that he can kill the entire League with the push of a button. And finally, Coeval convinces Terry that there's no reason to take chances by keeping the Cadmus employees alive. Terry agrees and lets Coeval detonate the nano-mines inside every single Cadmus employees' head at once.
- Woman Scorned: Locus did not take Green Lantern's "rejection" well.