COMICS: More From Geoff Johns On The JUSTICE LEAGUE's Newest Member, Lex Luthor

Superman, Green Lantern and The Flash are out, Shazam, Captain Cold and Lex Luthor are in! The DC Universe looks set to be a very different place after Forever Evil wraps up, and writer Geoff Johns talks here in detail about the role of the Justice League moving forwards.

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By Josh Wilding - 1/19/2014


On The Decision To Make Lex Luthor A Member Of The Team:

As Forever Evil wraps up — and I don't want to totally, obviously, spoil the ending of it all, but things lead to Luthor feeling like he is the world's greatest hero and that he belongs with the world's greatest heroes, and he's going to give it a go, despite the fact that he doesn't have a code name, and he doesn't have any experience being a superhero. Ultimately, that's a big part of what he's going to deal with in Justice League, is what happens when he has an arch-enemy, or when he's going to get attacked by somebody, and they hit him on a personal level? When he puts himself out there, it becomes very clear to him that he's going to experience things, when he's on the Justice League, that he never really considered.


On His Role In The Series Moving Forwards:

uthor brings the ambition to the team that they actually desperately need. It's ambition to do more than just fight villains and aliens, but also asking, shouldn't we be changing the world? Why should we be listening to them? We should be doing things differently. The world should be different. And they might not totally agree with Luthor's ideas, or the way he approaches things — which isn't a surprise — but they might agree with the content, the actual leaning behind it. So it really is driving the Justice League to evolve and change and galvanize in a way they probably don't expect. But the humor, and the tension, and the story lines that Luthor helps bring to the team are going to be a lot of fun.


On Whether Lex Luthor's Inclusion Will Change The Team Dynamic:

I think it's about challenging things that they're told, challenging things they're asked to do, challenging the people that are telling them, you know, "this is who you are and this is your role in the world." Well, no, we're going to find our own role, and this is who we are, and this is what we're going to do. And so it's going to be more of, I think, a theological question to them, and a bit of a… you know, I talk a lot about themes for my books, and "what's our personal responsibility" is part of this. You know, collectively, what's our personal responsibility as the Justice League? Is our personal responsibility just to stop that guy who hijacked a super tank? And make sure he doesn't hurt anybody? Or does our personal responsibility go beyond that? Do we need to use our powers in ways that we might not have considered? And Luthor brings a lot of those questions with him — asks a lot of those questions. So does Shazam, on a different level.


On Shazam's Role In The Justice League:

Shazam brings a kind of innocent look at what the Justice League should be, whereas Luthor brings, I guess, a more ambitious and slightly ego-driven viewpoint on what the Justice League should be. But the questioning starts to happen. And the League's going to move forward, answering these questions and determining how they're going to work together, even when they don't want to work together, because tensions will rise with Luthor on the team — and, as you can see over on the corner [of the cover], Captain Cold. And there are some big heroes missing, like Superman. And Flash. So there are going to be a lot of interpersonal dynamics that are going to alter and change.


On The Relationship Between Batman And Lex Luthor:

Well, you've got two guys that have massive, massive egos, and are used to being the alpha dog, with both Batman and Lex. And in Forever Evil, maybe Lex had the upper hand. Post-Forever Evil, they're not sure. That could be on even ground. And you've got, between these two guys with huge egos, you have some that have no ego, like Wonder Woman, who's trying to keep the peace and make decisions and help lead the team. For me, Luthor adds so much drama to the center of what the Justice League's all about. He's the perfect character to put on the team at this point, because he's going to challenge them.


For more from Johns on the future of the series, the inclusion of Captain Cold on the team, A.R.G.U.S.' new role in the DC Universe and much more, be sure to click on the link below to read the interview in full. How do you guys feel about the comments above? Sound off below!
Source: Newsarama
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loki668 - 1/19/2014, 4:44 AM
So......I guess this means that Superman and Flash joined the Legion of Doom?
mbembet - 1/19/2014, 4:44 AM
geoff johns is a fu-cking douchebag i'm still glad his gl movie failed
No0ne - 1/19/2014, 4:46 AM



PanochaLibre - 1/19/2014, 4:51 AM
Stupid. Comics are stupid, just like spissy being taken over by doc ock. Silly
PanochaLibre - 1/19/2014, 4:51 AM
Comic book movies are great!
DrunkenPirateNukem - 1/19/2014, 4:59 AM
whatever @Panocha...
Interestein - 1/19/2014, 5:01 AM
Not sure how I feel about this.
Action - 1/19/2014, 5:04 AM
Lex Luthor will be nothing but trouble
blackagar94 - 1/19/2014, 5:04 AM
Why are people pissed off ? The only reason Luthor is a bad guy is because he hates Superman. Without him he could (if he really wanted) be the greatest hero ever. And there is no need to compare him to Osborn, as Norman ran the world and led a team of Dark Avengers, while Luthor is just a new member of the real Justice League. Peace, guys ! Forever Evil isn't even over we are already mad at the aftermath lol
blackagar94 - 1/19/2014, 5:06 AM
Ii'm not saying Luthor would be a "good" superhero, though, but an interesting one. His methods would certainly be controversial.
Space - 1/19/2014, 5:09 AM
hmm, sounds interesting.
JoJo1982 - 1/19/2014, 5:14 AM
Might just check it out
Alphadog - 1/19/2014, 5:15 AM
He said Alpha dog!
MeatyButt - 1/19/2014, 5:18 AM
How can lex be a hero when he works soley for his own interests. It doesn't matter how much lip service he does, actions speak for themselves. He will undermine their efforts and hinder the leagues focus while claiming he's doing it for the greater good. Greater good? Lex only does for his greater bank account and greater position of power. His tactics will be problem, reaction, then his pre-determined lexcorp solution! Only a fool would allow him on any team, much less one who works for the common man.
Alphadog - 1/19/2014, 5:33 AM
@earthwormjim What comic is Gothopia copying?
HulkDraxGroot - 1/19/2014, 5:34 AM
geoff johns sucks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kurne - 1/19/2014, 5:52 AM
Johns is a hack.
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/19/2014, 5:59 AM
@earthworm
Like how DC copied Thanos into Darkseid and copied Deadpool into Deathstroke right?
Magnus66 - 1/19/2014, 6:03 AM
I couldn't see, under ANY circumstances, any of the remaining members letting Luthor or Cold be a part of that team... as if all of their crimes and threats have just been forgotten or will be over looked.

Batman especially. He hates criminals and has dedicated his life to stopping them, but now he's teaming up with them?

No. I just don't see it.
BATMAN1X - 1/19/2014, 6:12 AM
Batarange to Geoff Johns Skull: Batman would never Team Up with any Criminal Scum like Lex Luthor.. BATMAN has Honor he would never turn on Superman and Flash and Green Lantern this is a plan.. Thats like Superman working with the Joker
knighted - 1/19/2014, 6:19 AM
Seems ridiculous. Johns is a joke.
MrXer0 - 1/19/2014, 6:26 AM
This is what I want to do to Johns
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Darkknight23 - 1/19/2014, 6:37 AM
Well he was president, so why not.
QuestiontheAnswer - 1/19/2014, 6:49 AM
This hate for Johns is ridiculous.
CyberBishop - 1/19/2014, 6:50 AM
Glad I stopped reading Dc eons ago...
preacherfan666 - 1/19/2014, 6:50 AM
Wow, look at all the Whiney fanboys complaining already without reading the ending of Forever Evil or the beginning of this new Justice League arc. All you guys whine about these events not doing shit and that things go back to normal after them an that we are seeing repeating storyline a in comics now. But once they shake things up like New 52, or this Lex Luthor in the justice league? People whine again. [frick]ing close minded fanboys.
preacherfan666 - 1/19/2014, 6:53 AM
All I hear is "waaaaah Change bad, waaah waaaaah Geoff Johns is doodoo head waaaaah someone change my diaper!"
WruceBayne - 1/19/2014, 6:58 AM
I'm for change, shake this Universe up. It's good to have a different dynamic to this book, or any book for that matter. Good job Johns keep it up.
SimpleeComplex - 1/19/2014, 7:02 AM
A very Marvel Comicy move i might say. Like one poster mentioned, do we need another Iron Patriot? How come seems like DC is pushing hard to modernize or Marvelize some of their characters? Especially the campy looking ones like Captain Cold, Shazam and Superman (campy is not nexessarily bad). Making them seem more edgy and losing the undershorts. I think DC was characters were great the way They were, It's part of what distinguishes them from Marvel and unique.
ekrolo2 - 1/19/2014, 7:14 AM
@Magnus66

So Batman working on a team with Lex to keep tabs on him and pounce on him the second he [frick]s up isn't a good enough reason.

@SimpleeComplex

DC characters being characters and not just poster boys for moral lessons like they used to be in the Silver Age is a step up as far as I'm concerned. I don't get this desire to keep DC heroes these Silver Age campy [frick] tards who all sound and act the same. If they kept that stupid Silver Age BS going id never touch a DC book ever again.
Magnus66 - 1/19/2014, 7:21 AM
@preacherfan66... It's an opinion comment section, and the people you're complaining about have at least given an opinion about the topic.

My question is "what's worse?"... people who give an opinion complaining about something related to the topic, or people who give an opinion that only complains about other peoples opinions?

Personally, I just think it's out of character for some of these heroes to team up with these villains in anything other than an immediate and immanent life threatening situation. No I haven't read it yet... but it's my comment in a "comment" section.

Sorry an opposing opinion has caused you such grief... now hopefully YOU can find someone to change YOUR diaper! lol
Magnus66 - 1/19/2014, 7:24 AM
@ekrolo2... As I said above, I just think it's out of character for anything other than a short term, immediate need... and in that situation, yes, I think he'd keep him close to keep an eye on him while accomplishing a mutual goal.

An ongoing team up just seems like something Batman wouldn't do.
JR - 1/19/2014, 7:28 AM
crap.......2016 :(
preacherfan666 - 1/19/2014, 7:35 AM
@Magnus, I am fine with people having opinions. But you can't have an opinion about a comic that hasn't even come out yet! It's like saying the Ant-Man movie sucks even though you haven't even seen a trailer yet! Don't get all pissy from one peice of news. I just think it is an open minded vs close minded thing. You say it is out of character, but characters can develop and change based on character arcs in certain stories. So judging this without reading the remainder of Forever evil and the first issue of Justice League with Luthor in it is just being Whiney and unwilling to accept change. Read it first, if you think it sucks then more power to you to complain.
Dmon - 1/19/2014, 7:39 AM
@Magnus66 Um he works with Catwoman and sleeps with her so I would not say he hates all criminals. Captain Cold is not evil he has a code that he lives by and has acted heroically in the past.
MarkV - 1/19/2014, 7:46 AM
Batman is not motivated by his ego, or his desire to be an "Alpha Dog."

Just my two cents.
patrat18 - 1/19/2014, 7:47 AM
I bet you trolls don't even read Dc. You just choose to troll on every Dc article that hits this website. Damn that's pathetic.
Havenless - 1/19/2014, 7:50 AM
Remember when Magneto joined the X-Men, when Dr. DOOM joined the future foundation, when Loki joined the Young avengers, or when Norman Osborn created his own Avengers team?

Geoff Johns: "Hey DC! I have this revolutionary idea! What? ...Yes it's better than the Green Lantern movie!"
Dmon - 1/19/2014, 7:56 AM
Geoff Johns had nothing to do with GL movie turning out as bad as it did morons.
Havenless - 1/19/2014, 8:00 AM
@Dmon

When you put your name on something a big as a major motion picture, you had better be ready to own it.
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