WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Justice League #1
Justice League #1 has unveiled an all-new Legion of Doom, led by none another than Lex Luthor. The new Justice League series from writer Scott Snyder, with art from Mark Morales and Jim Cheung, is setting the DCEU in a exciting new direction. Justice League is spinning out directly from the pages of the No Justice miniseries, as well as the absolutely bonkers event DC Metal. The new ongoing series picks up on a lot of threads from those two big shocking stories, including the revelation that the entire DC multiverse only has a year before it completely expires.
Yet the biggest surprise of the new series involves Lex Luthor. Even though DC Comics have gone through pains to redeem Lex and turn him into a hero, the megalomaniac businessman has seemingly turned back to his villainous ways in Justice League #1. Lex has reformed the Legion of Doom with help from The Joker. However Lex's goals might be more altruistic than they seem, despite the fact that Joker is the Legion of Doom leader's right-hand-man.
The majority of Justice League #1 is set up for the story (or stories) to come. Yet Lex and his crew manage to be quite active and ambitious. Lex and his Legion make their debut by killing one of the DC Universe's oldest characters: the immortal Vandal Savage.
Justice League: No Justice ended with Lex breaking away from the main Justice League, apparently inspired by Brainiac's plan to gather together unlikely allies in order to save the world - and that's exactly what he appears to he's doing with the Legion of Doom. While asserting that he's still a hero, Lex and the Legion break up and/or kill Vandal Savage and his "Injustice Gang." Vandal has gathered together this group (of time displaced cavemen) to save the Earth from its inevitable destruction. Lex Luthor, being Lex Luthor, believes he can do a much better job.
Justice League #1 keeps the full picture of Lex's plans a secret. But it's obvious that, despite his rather monstrous methods, Lex believes he is doing the right thing (the only way it actually makes sense for DC to backtrack on their heroic Lex). Granted, there's still no good reason for why Lex is trusting the Joker, of all characters, because Batman's archnemesis is the very definition of unreliable. Yet with all the other members of the Legion of Doom, there does seem to be a method to Lex's (supposed) madness. This group could save the world if reigned in correctly.
The most interesting thing about the line-up, for DCEU fans anyway, is how much this new Legion of Doom would work in the DCEU. The after credits scenes of Justice League had Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor speak to Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke about forming "a league of their own." Slade Wilson isn't about of Lex's Legion (at least not yet) but everyone else would be a pretty easy fit into the DCEU. The Joker is already a part of the DCEU. Black Manta and Cheetah are coming in Aquaman and Wonder Woman 2, respectively. The only two hold-outs, who don't yet exist in the DCEU but are almost certain to appear eventually, are Gorilla Grodd and Sinestro.
Fans will probably see the comic version of the Legion of Doom complete whatever their planning, in failure or success, long before the DCEU's Legion materializes. Yet the parallels certainly are interesting, if not telling, when comes to the future of DC's cinematic universe.
Justice League #1 is available now from DC Comics.