On New Year's Eve 2003, Brainiac invaded the Earth and seven heroes rose up to stop him. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Flash and the Martian Manhunter would go on to form the Justice League of America. This team would go on to gain over eighty members and has easily become the most recognized superhero team in the world.
The Justice League was founded with seven members, so every year there is a meeting where all members are allowed to attend, this is called a Founders' Meeting. At a Founder's Meeting, each founder takes a turn nominating a candidate for consideration. After all founders have been heard, there is a vote. Each member votes yea or nay on each nomination. If a candidate gets 57% approval (57% being 4/7th of a vote, the same ratio that would have passed at the original Founders' Meeting) then they are invited to join the Justice League. If there was anyone who was disqualified, that Founder can nominate a new candidate at that time or at a second, special Founders' Meeting at a later date.
There can only be seven new additions to the Justice League every year as that is their tradition, not including legacy replacements. As a member of the Justice League, you are a symbol for Justice. If you died as an honorable member of the League, the League believes that your memory should be honored and if a worthy successor shows up, then they can be admitted into the League with a 57% majority during a Founders' Meeting, but they must still have at least one Founder that votes 'Yay' to pass.
In 2006, Bruce Wayne ran a campaign to shut them down (to protect his own identity as Batman in the wake of Jason Todd's internet unmasking and execution) and there was also some fallout with the revelation of the Suicide Squad being funded by the US Government at the same time, so the U.S. Senate voted to terminate the JLA.
In 2009 the team was re-established under ARGUS and U.N. supervision and re-branded as the Justice League.
Officially in 2014, the founders meeting was never held due having been postponed by an alien invasion. Unbeknownst to the public, the Founder's Meeting was later held on the Watchtower. There it was agreed that instead of inducting new members, the League would create a covert branch of operatives. And thus was born 'the Team', aka: Young Justice.
Additionally, the League has a number of Honorary Members which are long-time allies who have never officially joined their ranks, such as the immortal members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
Fallen members of the Justice League are referred to as "Eternal Justice."
The Justice League is much smaller due to some past event that caused a division in the ranks, causing many to distance themselves from the League. Likewise, the League lost its UN backing and now operates as an independent entity, run out of the Watchtower which is starting to show massive signs of disrepair. Bruce calls it the "Deathtrap."
Known members are:
- Superman II
- Wonder woman II
- Flash II
- Green Arrow II
- Aquaman II
- Aquawoman II
- Silver Scarab
- Miss Martian
List of Justice League Members
|Designation Number||Character||Real Name||Joined In||Sponsor||Notes|
|1||Superman||Clark Kent||2003||Former Chairman.|
|3||Batman||Bruce Wayne||2003||Left to join the Outsiders in 2017.|
|4||Green Arrow||Oliver Queen||2003|
|5||Black Canary||Dinah Lance||2003||Chairwoman.|
|6||The Flash||Barry Allen||2003|
|7||Martian Manhunter||J'onn J'onzz||2003|
|"The All-American Squad"|
|9||Captain Marvel||Billy Batson||2004||The Flash|
|10||Red Tornado||Maxine Hunkel||2004||Martian Manhunter|
|11||Captain Atom||Cameron Scott||2004||Wonder Woman|
|12||The Question||Renee Montoya||2012||Batman||Number originally belonged to Vic Sage, but was given to Renee Montoya in 2012. Inactive.|
|13||Green Lantern||Hal Jordan||2009||Green Arrow||Number originally belonged to Abin Sur, but was given to Hal Jordan in 2009.|
|14||Green Lantern||John Stewart||2004||Black Canary|
|"Science & Sorcery"|
|16||Aquawoman||Mera ta'Xebel ro'Curry||2005||Wonder Woman||Inactive.|
|17||Elastic Man||Ralph Dibny||2005||Green Arrow|
|18||Elastic Woman||Sue Dibny||2005||Black Canary|
|19||The Atom||Ray Palmer||2005||Batman|
|20||Firestorm||Ronnie Raymond & Martin Stein||2005||The Flash|
|21||Dr. Fate||Giovanni Zatara & Nabu||2005||Martian Manhunter|
|"Youth & Duty"|
|22||Dr. Midnight||Charles McNider||2006||Black Canary|
|23||Black Lightning||Jefferson Pierce||2006||Green Arrow||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS.|
|24||Nightwing||Dick Grayson||2006||Batman||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|25||Cyborg||Victor Stone||2006||Superman||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|26||Starfire||Koriand'r||2006||The Flash||Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Left to join the Outlaws.|
|27||Raven||Rachel Roth||2006||Wonder Woman||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|28||Beast Boy||Garfield Logan||2006||Martian Manhunter||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|29||Hawkwoman||Shiera Sanders-Hall||2009||Wonder Woman||Inactive.|
|31||Fire||Beatriz da Costa||2009||Green Arrow|
|32||Ice||Tora Olafsdotter||2009||Black Canary|
|33||Booster Gold||Michael Jon Carter||2009||The Flash|
|34||Blue Beetle||Ted Kord||2009||Batman|
|35||Green Lantern||Guy Gardner||2009||Martian Manhunter|
|"Mech & Magic"|
|36||Green Lantern||Kyle Rayner||2010||Martian Manhunter|
|39||Shift||Rex Mason||2010||The Flash||Also a member of the Outsiders. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|40||Hawk||Holly Granger||2016||Black Canary||Number originally belonged to Hank Hall, but was given to Holly Granger in 2016.|
|41||Dove||Dawn Granger||2013||Green Arrow||Number originally belonged to Don Hall, but was given to Dawn Granger in 2013.|
|42||Mr. Terrific||Curtis Holt||2010||Batman|
|43||Vibe||Cisco Ramon||2011||The Flash|
|44||Mirage||Cynthia Reynolds||2011||Black Canary|
|45||Guardian||John Diggle||2011||Green Arrow|
|46||Vixen||Mari McCabe||2011||Wonder Woman|
|47||Steel||John Henry Irons||2011||Superman|
|48||Zatanna||Zatanna Zatara||2011||Batman||Also a member of Dark Justice. Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|49||Animal Man||Buddy Baker||2011||Martian Manhunter|
|50||Power Girl||Karen Starr||2012||Superman|
|51||Huntress||Helena Bertinelli||2012||Wonder Woman||Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|52||Oracle||Barbara Gordon||2012||Batman||Not officially recognized by ARGUS. Inactive.|
|53||Element Woman||Emily Sung||2012||Green Arrow|
|54||Doctor Light||Kimiyo Hoshi||2012||Black Canary|
|55||Green Lantern||Simon Baz||2012||The Flash|
|56||Rocket Red||Dmitri Pushkin||2012||Martian Manhunter|
|58||Blue Devil||Danielle Cassidy||2013||The Flash|
|60||The Ray||Lucien Gates||2013||Superman|
|61||Mink||Vivian d'Aramis||2013||Green Arrow|
|62||Marten||Constance d'Aramis||2013||Black Canary|
|64||Godiva||Dora Leigh||2015||Black Canary|
|65||Tomorrow Woman||Clara Kendall||2015||Green Arrow|
|66||Amazing Man||Will Everett||2015||Flash|
|68||Maya||Chandi Gupta||2015||Martian Manhunter|
|70||Stargirl||Courtney Whitmore||2015||Wonder Woman||Also a member of the Team.|
|71||Lady Marvel||Mary Bromfield||2016||Wonder Woman|
|72||King Marvel||Freddy Freeman||2016||Superman|
|73||Star Sapphire||Carol Ferris||2016||Green Arrow|
|74||Green Lantern||Jessica Cruz||2016||Black Canary|
|75||Firehawk||Lorraine Reilly||2016||The Flash|
|76||Big Barda||Barda Free||2016||Martian Manhunter|
|77||Mister Miracle||Scott Free||2016||Batman|
|78||Coldsnap||Caitlin Snow||2017||The Flash|
|79||Britannia||Penny Black||2017||Black Canary|
|80||Triumph||Mina McIntyre||2017||Martian Manhunter|
|81||Matrix||Thara Ak-Var||2017||Wonder Woman|
|84||Silver Sorceress||Laura Neilsen||2017||Batman|
|"ARGUS: Justice League Division"|
|A-1||Chief Trevor||Steve Trevor||2003||Justice League Coordinator|
|A-2||Deputy Chief Candy||Etta Candy||2009||Justice League Security Chief|
|A-3||Media Liaison Cobert||Catherine Cobert||2009||Justice League Spokeswoman|
|A-4||Officer Carr||Lucas "Snapper" Carr||Justice League Communications Officer|
|A-5||Officer Tresser||Thomas Tresser||Justice League Intelligence Officer|
|A-6||Quartermaster Freemont||Cheyenne Freemont||Justice League Quartermaster|
|A-7||Officer Pearlman||Jillian Pearlman||Justice League Flight Officer|
|A-8||Wallace Wells||Justice League Analyst|
|0||Triumph I||William McIntyre|
|H-3-B||Skeets||S.C.E.E.T.S. Mk II|
|R-2||Swamp Thing||Alec Holland|
|"Members not recognized by ARGUS"|
Trivia and Notes
- There are two spin-off teams of the Justice League: Dark Justice, which takes care of mystical and magical threats; and The Team, that goes on covert ops the Justice League can't do. The members of these teams aren't recognized by ARGUS as members of the Justice League. 
- They (mainly the founders) are considered the "third generation of costumed vigilantes", operating from the 2000s to the present.
- No real ritual or ceremony exists after a hero accepts the invitation to join the Justice League. Sometime later when people can be rounded up, there might be a little welcoming party. Eventually they'll get a field trainer that will give them a tour of JL facilities and mentor them through their first few monitor duty shifts, responses, and missions.
- Batman wasn't officially voted out from the Justice League, but he no longer comes to the meetings.
- If a member of the League dies, their number can be taken by a new replacement.
- Any Leaguer who is also a member of the Outsiders is not recognized by ARGUS. They don't recognize Oracle's membership either, because no one has ever seen her in person. Outsiders don't have permission to use Justice League facilities, but Leaguers have allowed them to do so.
- The hero Green Arrow sponsored to join the League in 2017 was originally Cerberus, but following the reboot, Hank Henderson was erased from Earth-27's continuity.
- Current speculation of the League's next recruits include Freedom Beast, Aztek, and Equinox.