Legends of Tomorrow confirms the existence of JSA on Earth-Prime
An episode of Season 6 of Legends of Tomorrow confirmed that the Justice Society of America existed in one form or another in Post-Crisis Earth-Prime.
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Legends of tomorrow Season 6, Episode 10, “Bad Blood”.
Legends of tomorrow season 6 established that the Justice Society of America (or JSA for short) exists in one form or another on Earth-Prime. This is notable, as there had been no previous indication that the team still existed outside of the new Earth-2 of Star girl following Crisis on Infinite Earths. This begs the question of how it is possible for the JSA to exist in a publicly recognized form when there is nothing in history to suggest openly operating costumed vigilantes during WWII in the Earth-Prime post-crisis reality.
The main plot of the Legends of tomorrow The episode “Bad Blood” found wizard John Constantine and alien hunter Spooner Cruz traveling through time to 1939 and the town of Albacete, Spain, in search of a mystical artifact called the Fountain of the Imperium. While there, the two befriended a mute teenager named Fernando, who loved comics and thought the Spooner gun was La Torera; a masked heroine similar to Zorro. Later in the episode, after being taken hostage by Spanish nationalists who were also looking for the Imperium Fountain, Spooner tried to comfort Fernando by telling him that real superheroes would come to their rescue. This led Fernando to inquire, “Like La Torerea and (the) JSA? “
The Legends of Tomorrow has encountered a version of the JSA in the past, but it has happened before Crisis on infinite earths, with little indication, it still existed in the revised Earth-Prime timeline. Even if they had, this JSA had been a secret group organized by the US government, so there was no plausible way that a teenage comic reader from Spain could have known of their existence. It is even more unlikely that he will somehow know the JSA unique to the reality of Star girl. Ironically, there is an explanation that clears up the confusion of the various JSA teams, but it lies in the comics of Our Earth and the story that first introduced the DC Comics Multiverse.
Pre-Crisis Arrowverse Earth-1 JSA
The first mention of the Justice Society of America in the Arrowverse has arrived Legends of tomorrowThe Season 1 finale when the Legends were faced with a hooded man who ran over a duplicate Waverider next to their ship. The man introduced himself as Rex “Hourman” Tyler and a member of the Justice Society of America, claiming to have been sent back in time by a future version of Mick Rory to prevent the Legends and their leader, Rip Hunter, from ascending to edge. their ship and traveling until their death. Legends of tomorrow Season 2 featured the rest of Hourman’s team, including Stargirl, Doctor Mid-Nite, Obsidian, Commander Steel, and Amaya Jiwe.
This version of the JSA was a secret organization, operating in secret to take on those missions that ordinary American soldiers could not handle during World War II. Most of the team died in the line of duty, having been recruited by Rip Hunter to take the reality-altering Spear of Destiny Shards and hide them across the timeline. This is why in the original Earth-1 timeline before Crisis on Infinite Earths, there was no trace of costumed heroes before Oliver Queen became Green Arrow and Barry Allen became The Flash. It’s also worth noting that there is no indication that this team existed in Earth-Prime’s post-Crisis timeline.
Post-Crisis Arrowverse Earth-2 JSA
A new multiverse has been formed as a result of Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the worlds of Earth-1, Earth-38 and Earth of Black Lightning merge into a new world called Earth-Prime. A new Earth-2 was also formed, which became part of the Star girl series. The Justice Society of America was the first superhero team in Earth-2 history, coming together during World War II and remaining active until most of the team were killed in battle. with their sworn enemies in the Injustice Society on Christmas Eve 2010. Courtney Whitmore, who adopted the name Stargirl after awakening the cosmic staff of Starman, formed a new version of the JSA after the fight against the Injustice Society . This new team operated in secret, like the Earth-1 JSA, but the original Justice Society of America and its individual members were frequently featured in newspapers of the time, according to Pat Dugan. Until Fernando mentioned the JSA in Legends of tomorrow season 6, there is no indication that a similar team is operating on Earth-Prime after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
“The flash of two worlds”
The story details how Barry Allen accidentally crossed the barrier between worlds and ended up on Earth-2 in Jay Garrick’s hometown of Keystone City. This amazed Barry, who knew all about Jay Garrick and his secret identity, having been a fan of Flash comics as a child and taking inspiration from Garrick to choose his own superhero codename. When Jay Garrick asked how Barry read his childhood adventures, Barry theorized that the writer must have somehow “listening“to Garrick’s Earth and transcribes the events of Jay’s life thinking he was imagining the stories himself.
Theory: JSA exists in Earth-Prime comics
Taking into account “The Flash of Two Worlds”, it seems likely that Justice Society of America exists on Earth-Prime as fictional comic book characters. While it’s possible the team also existed in some covert ability (like Earth-1’s JSA seen in Legends of tomorrow season 2) it seems unlikely that the American government of the day would allow a publisher to print books relying on a team that wanted to be secretive. It also seems likely, given that most Arrowverse writers love to nod to classic comics in their scripts, that the mention of the JSA was an intentional reference to “The Flash of Two Worlds,” which had already been referenced several times. times on Flash. The simplest and most logical explanation for Fernando to be a fan of the JSA is that an Earth-Prime comic book author developed a psychic connection with Earth-2 and saw the adventures of the Justice Society of America unfold in their dreams.
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