Justice League still missing number seven
Who’s lucky number seven? In my excitement after seeing the Justice League trailer and the first look at the team assembled I forgot something. There’s ‘supposed’ to be a seventh member.
Way back in February 2015 during the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice promotion, Zach Snyder teased DC’s super team’s formation. In the first look at Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, the tagline plainly states ‘United the Seven.’
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) February 20, 2015
Since there’s no conceivable reason why Aquaman would need to unite the Seven Seas, it’s a pretty reasonable bet that’s referring to the Justice League.
But funny thing when the first poster of the Justice League was unveiled — it was short a member. There’s Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Wonder Woman and even Superman. Unless the tagline is getting shifted to Unite the Six, a seventh member might intentionally be left out.
Snyder didn’t randomly choose that number. With practically the entire DC Universe at their disposal most writers find seven to be the sweet spot for a JL roster. Back when the team was initially founded in 1960, the core was Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter. Batman and Superman joined as part-time members.
In the popular Justice League cartoon, that team also featured seven members — Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman. Grant Morrison’s epic run kick-started with Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman.
With the debut of the team in the 2011 New 52 relaunch, the Justice League also featured seven members. That team features an identical lineup to the movie roster with one exception — Green Lantern. But he’s the likely seventh member of this cinematic Justice League.
My best guess is Warner Bros./DC doesn’t want to deal with a ton of negative feedback from showcasing Green Lantern with the rest of the team. It’s possible GL won’t even show up in the first film, but will arrive in Justice League part two slated for June 14, 2019. That should be just enough time for most folks to forget the stench of the 2011 Green Lantern film. Initially it was Green Lantern that was going to be the kick-off to the DC Cinematic Universe. It was received so poorly that Man of Steel served as the unofficial launch.
Still somewhat gun shy about the title, WB is releasing Green Lantern Corps in 2020. Tying Green Lantern into the Justice League sequel could be the best way to jump start that mini-franchise.
Of course I could be way off base and Snyder actually did sneak in the seventh member. Maybe Atom is hanging on Superman’s shoulder?
Which DC hero would you like to see complete this version of the seven?