On the eve of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I decided to do an infographic on the Justice League itself. Got my preordered tickets for me and my friends (kinda excited for it!). Gotta say research on this was very difficult and the info was convoluted (which is why I typically avoid long standing franchises all together...). Anyway, I distilled the info into 3 graphics; team origin, team subdivisions, and villains of heroes becoming Justice League villains.
First one is fairly simple, when the heroes started out and when they joined the Justice League. The Justice League actually formed in 1960 however, there was already a superhero group called the Justice Society of America (1940) which was formed by founding League members Flash and Green Lantern. It should also be noted that the team shown in the new film are not the original team rather they are part of the reboot of the new 52. The original team comprised of Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martain Manhunter.
Second concept works with the variety of Justice League subdivisions. I know there are more superhero teams but I focused on the teams with “Justice League” in them. As I mentioned in the graphic, there are heroes that have been a part of multiple subdivisions, Bruce Wayne’s Batman served on the most teams. Green Lantern and Flash actually have been on more than him but they were never the same Lantern or Flash (Flash ie; Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stuart, etc)
The third concept draws from the villains themselves. The Justice League has their own villains but I wanted to focus on the villains of the individual members. Each hero has their own villains, when the heroes became members the villains also became enemies of the league. I find this rather fascinating as some villains that I thought were archenemies of one hero actually originated as an enemy of another. I also saw have some heroes carried more villains over such as Batman while heroes like Cyborg did not. Cyborg’s main villains that crossed over were those he faced when part of the Teen Titans.
In terms of design, I was sticking to the flatter style that I usually use. Big influence goes to Tim Leong, I love his superhero infographics. However I felt a little texture would suit the films well. Tried to stick to the dark color with hints of yellow hues. The graphic colors themselves derive from the characters but needed some adjustment due to the dark background. I used 2 fonts, Museo Sans for the smaller font and for Display is Intro.
Below are the graphics seperated out