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A League of Their Own

WITH WONDER WOMAN HITTING A HOME RUN LAST SUMMER, DC TAKES ANOTHER SWING FOR THE FENCES, DRAFTING ITS BIGGEST SUPERHEROES INTO ONE TEAM EFFORT WITH JUSTICE LEAGUE (OUT NOV. 17). CAN THEY MAKE THE PLAYOFFS?
Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and Ezra Miller on set

“THE WORLD’S GREATEST HEROES TEAM UP,” declared the 1960 cover of The Brave and the Bold #28, trumpeting the very first Justice League story. “TO BATTLE STARRO THE CONQUEROR!” is how that sentence ended, but look past the giant mind-controlling alien starfish, because that “Greatest” promise was no lie. Before Marvel had a universe, DC Comics was already assembling Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. The League’s most famous members represent the origin story of the superhero as a cultural idea. “The Avengers is like a football team—they get new stars, take characters out,” explains Grant Morrison, who redefined the League in the 1990s. “To me, the Justice League is the pantheon. The gods.”

A Justice League movie hits theaters on Nov. 17, and the gods are on the movie poster. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman

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