Writer Jeff Lemire has enjoyed and received praise, rightfully so, from his work on Justice League Dark and Green Arrow. Now with his upcoming series Justice League United he talks about the book and its “Booster Gold and Blue Beetle” feel to it. In an interview with Newsarama he drops a lot of hints of what’s to come and sheds light on each characters’ dynamic with each other.
We learn the origin of the team’s creation and how big of a role Adam Strange plays thanks to his Zeta Beam Technology. You can check out the whole article here but below is a couple key moments in my opinion.
Newsarama: Let’s talk about the setting you’ve chosen for their time on Earth. You’re putting them in a remote area of Canada. What was behind that choice?
Lemire: Yeah, when I got the assignment, and we decided we’re going to do a Canadian-based version of the Justice League, I tried to wrap my head around that, and there were a lot of different ways I could have approached that. I could try to set it in a city like Toronto or something — but to me, if you’re going to do that, you might as well stay in New York or Metropolis or Gotham City.
If you’re going to show a different part of the world, or another country, you should try to show something specific that’s different from the rest of the DC Universe.
The thing about Canada is that it’s a very large country, and the population’s very spread out among different regions. Each region in the country really has its own personality and its own culture, you know? From West Coast to East Coast — wherever you go, it’s almost like it’s its own country.
I could either try to capture all of those flavors, or I could choose one and really try to get it right. So that’s what I did. I chose a very specific location, an area of the country that interested me.
It’s a really remote section of Ontario, in Northern Ontario, where one of our First Nations is. And it was something I’ve been exploring in a lot of my work, since Sweet Tooth, is First Nation culture and mythology.
So this really was a chance for me to get even further into that. And quite frankly to also introduce the rest of the world — the people reading the Justice League comics — to a really specific part of Canada.
Nrama: It’s been pointed out that Booster Gold is supposedly Canadian. Is there any possibility that we’ll see Booster Gold in this comic?
Lemire: [Laughs.] That’s a good one. You know, Booster Gold is Canadian, but if you ask Dan Jurgens, the man who created him, he’s not. So I’m going to stay totally away from that one. [Laughs.] I’m working with Dan on Futures End, so I have to be good to Dan.
So yeah, no Booster.
Nrama: What kind of character interaction have you created between the team?
Lemire: Yeah, I mean, from a broad strokes perspective, what I really tried to do with the line-up was not only pick some of my favorite characters, but also, I tried to pick a character from every corner, or every pocket, of the existing DC Universe.
So you have Animal Man, who kind of represents the dark or occult books; Martian Manhunter is kind of a link to the old Justice League; Supergirl represents the Superman titles; Stargirl is sort of the young heroes; etcetera.
So you kind of have one character that represents each corner of the DC Universe, and we put them together. So that was sort of the broad strokes thing.
But then the personal interaction has been a lot of fun.
You have Manhunter who is the father figure and the leader, obviously.
And then you have Animal Man and Green Arrow, who have this really fun rivalry and friendship brewing. I’m almost thinking of them as my version of what Booster Gold and Blue Beetle were.
A possible bromance between Green Arrow and Animal Man? Sign me up, I could not be more excited about this upcoming series. What do you all think?