While Justice League was still in production, some eagle-eyed fans noticed a set construction that looked suspiciously like an iconic DC universe building -- the Hall of Justice.
Though we won’t know for sure if the Hall made it into the movie until Justice League hits theaters, the rumors still have fans excited. Similar to the Stark/Avengers tower in the Marvel universe, the Hall of Justice provided a space for DC’s best superheroes to meet and create their plan of attack against the latest villain threatening Gotham, Metropolis, or the entire planet.
The location and function of the Hall of Justice have both varied in the Justice League continuity, but it’s been an important aspect in most comics featuring the team. In older portrayals of the Hall, the resident heroes could be found in areas like a robotics room, trophy room (have to show off all those weapons you lifted off of bad guys) and even a teleportation room. If the Hall of Justice really is in the movie, we can only imagine how incredible the set design would be.
Before the movie comes out, brush up on your trivia about this corner of the DC world with the 15 Things You Never Knew About The Justice League's Hall of Justice.
15 It wasn’t originally the Justice League’s main headquarters
As you can probably guess from the fact that the Hall of Justice didn’t enter comics continuity until 2007, the Hall wasn’t originally the Justice League’s main headquarters. Instead, they met in the Watchtower.
The Watchtower was a super advanced building made with promethium and multiple alien technologies, making it a one-of-a-kind structure. It appeared in comics from 1997 to 2005. The Watchtower was eventually destroyed by Superboy-Prime, which caused the League to temporarily disband.
They couldn’t be stopped forever, though, so the heroes built the Hall of Justice in a different location on Earth. They also created a satellite version of the Watchtower, where they met while the hall acted as a museum of sorts for the public.
14 It was blown up by protesters in one issue of the comics
In the comics, the Hall of Justice is set up as a tribute to the Justice League. It was open to the general public to attend and see different trophies, artifacts, and similar items. It makes sense that people would be fascinated with the group that keeps saving them from extinction, after all.
Eventually, it became the headquarters for the Justice League International... and then the general public was no longer as thrilled.
A decent number of people saw the Hall of Justice as an American landmark for American heroes, and they were outraged that it would be used to house international heroes. (They conveniently ignored the heroes who were literally not from this planet.) A few people were so angry that they blew up the Hall.
13 It was designed by Wonder Woman and John Stewart
So who’s responsible for the domed headquarters that the Justice League has spent so much time in? One of the people would be Wonder Woman, who was a main contributor to the design of the building. She created the design along with John Stewart, one of the Green Lanterns.
Creating the building was really a team effort. Once Wonder Woman and John Stewart had finished drawing up the design for the Hall of Justice, Batman put up the finances for the materials. (For as much as people make fun of him for just being a rich guy with toys, being rich definitely came in handy here.) Superman actually erected the building.
In real life, though, the design for the Hall of Justice was inspired by something much more close to home.
12 The real-life inspiration for the design is a Cincinnati train terminal
If you’ve ever been to Cincinnati, you might have passed the city’s Union Terminal. Today, it’s no longer a train station, but instead houses a children’s museum and a movie theatre. The majestic design is so familiar to DC fans because it was the basis for the original drawing of the Hall of Justice.
One of the artists who worked on Super Friends, Al Gmuer, purposefully modeled the Hall after the Cincinnati terminal. Fans can still go to the terminal today and take pictures in front of it to pretend as though they’ve found the Hall of Justice in real life -- but it’s also in dire need of repair, so it unfortunately might not be around for much longer.
11 It has the same privileges as a foreign embassy
One thing that fans don’t often think about in superhero stories -- though certain comic runs and cinematic adaptations have started exploring the topic -- is the legality of all these awesome stories. We just want to enjoy reading about or watching an international supervillain getting his butt kicked, we don’t want to think about extradition or international law.
For any fans who want an answer to those plot points, though, the writers have got you covered. The Hall of Justice has diplomatic privileges that are similar to a foreign embassy’s operating in the US. This lets them grant asylum to whoever they want, whether they’re someone fleeing trouble or a supervillain who they want to detain. Pretty convenient.
10 The Arrowverse visually references the Hall
One of the most entertaining things about watching comic book adaptations is seeing all of the references they slip in for mega fans. Even though they can’t possibly fit every event that happened in the comics into a silver-screen adaptation, the crew of the DCEU TV shows definitely do their best to slip in as many winks and references as possible.
One of these references happened to be the Hall of Justice, in a quick appearance in season three of The Flash. In the eighth episode of the season, S.T.A.R. Labs has a hangar whose silhouette looks eerily like the distinctive Hall of Justice dome. The heroes even use it as an operations base to really drive the reference home.
9 Its location is ambiguous
So where in America is the Hall of Justice located? Good question. It depends on what exactly you’re reading or watching, because the Hall seems to change locations based on what suited a specific storyline and thus has had various different locations.
In the Super Friends comic run, the Hall of Justice was in Gotham City. In the animated series, though, it’s not so clear. It’s hard to tell if the headquarters is in Gotham or in Metropolis, since the two cities are very close together geographically.
For the official DC continuity, though, the Hall is located in Washington, DC Given its status as a landmark, it makes sense that it would be in the country’s capital instead of a different city.
8 Teen Titans references the Hall in its opening sequence
Teen Titans helped to introduced thousands of early 2000s kids to DC characters during its original run from 2003-2006. Fans of the show can probably still sing the entire opening sequence before complaining about how Teen Titans Go! is just not as good. (It’s not.)
Even if you’ve watched and re-watched every single episode, you might not have noticed the show’s reference to the Hall of Justice unless you were looking for it specifically. In the opening sequence of the Cartoon Network show, when the clip cuts to a shot of Titans Tower, you can also see different buildings around the bottom of the massive T. One of them is designed to look like the Hall of Justice.
7 It appears in Young Justice as a facade HQ for civilians to tour
Although the Hall of Justice got its start on television, once it transitioned to the comics, it didn’t appear as frequently on-screen as anything other than a quick visual reference. The most recent appearance as a part of the canon was on Young Justice, where it appeared as the facade headquarters for the new league.
Similar to how the Hall operated in the comics, fans of the young superhero team could view and tour the Hall of Justice. Meanwhile, the actual Justice League worked and operated out of their satellite Watchtower. Even this version of the Hall of Justice couldn’t escape destruction, though. It was destroyed by Despero towards the end of season two in the episode “Cornered”.
6 It was the site of a training academy for the Jr. Super Friends
The Young Justice heroes weren’t the only younger counterparts who used the Hall of Justice in some capacity. It was also a site of a training academy for the Jr. Super Friends, which started after the Justice League members decided that just saving the world wasn’t altruistic enough. They also had to train more young people to help save their cities.
The Justice League felt like they needed to expand, so they became the Super Friends. As part of this expansion, they also used the Hall of Justice to train young people in law enforcement. Characters like the Wonder Twins arrived at the Hall of Justice every day to use the building as a sort of training academy.
5 It exists in a parallel universe as the “Hall of Evil”
Any classic superhero comic always introduces a parallel universe at some point. Bonus points if "evil" is somewhere in the name and extra bonus points if literally everyone who existed in the original universe has an evil counterpart who wears all black and looks menacing. It’s a staple of the genre at this point.
Naturally, when the parallel “Universe of Evil” was introduced in an episode of Super Friends, the Hall of Justice also had a parallel counterpart. It was called the “Hall of Evil,” where the “Super Enemies” met. It even has a devil’s face at the top of the arch just to make sure that the evil nature really got across to the viewers at home.
4 There’s a morgue beneath the hall
In the main universe, there’s plenty of dark things happening in the Hall of Justice anyway. Have you ever wondered what happened to the numerous villains that the Justice League or Super Friends defeated over the years? A lot of them are entombed beneath the Hall of Justice in a morgue specially built just for that, only three stories below the meeting room.
It might seem a bit odd to keep the bodies of your enemies beneath you, but with how many villains resurrect in comics, it makes sense that you’d want to keep an eye on them just to be sure that they won't be popping up again anytime soon. The League also wanted to make sure that no one looted the bodies for superhuman parts.
3 In the Amalgam Comics, it appears as the JLA Mansion
Comic readers know that comic books were playing with shared universes long before any billion dollar superhero movies were made. In the late '90s, DC and Marvel created a publishing imprint called Amalgam Comics, in which they merged their characters into new recreations. Superman and Captain America merged to become Super Soldier, for example, while Batman merged with Wolverine to create Dark Claw.
The Hall of Justice was of course merged with Avengers Mansion to become JLA Mansion in the new universe. There are only twenty-four comic books with this unique combination of superhero characters, but they’ve been reprinted in four different editions for those who really want to relive this mashup.
2 It was first introduced in the Super Friends animated series
It would make sense to think that the Hall of Justice was first introduced in a comic book, but it actually has already been on screen before. We first saw the Hall of Justice in the Super Friends animated series, which ran from 1973 to 1986.
Older DC fans probably caught it on the Saturday morning cartoon lineup, as it appeared in the very first episode and popped up periodically throughout the show’s run.
You might have also seen the Hall briefly in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman or in Justice League Unlimited. By the time that it did eventually enter comics continuity, it was already a visual fixture for fans of the DC cartoons.
1 It didn’t truly enter comics continuity until 2007
Although the Hall of Justice was in the Super Friends comic books, that run wasn’t officially a part of DC continuity. This is an easy mistake to make since there is so much content in the DC canon. Instead, heroes like Wonder Woman and Superman would meet in the Watchtower, which was another headquarters for the superhero team.
It made a few one-off appearances and only really entered the comics in 2007, relatively recently given its introduction to fans in the 70s. It’s built on top of the former bases of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron. If you’re a super fan, you can also spot the Hall in multiple video games and direct-to-video movies.
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