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Legion of Doom was a supervillain organization put together by Gorilla Grodd to counter the expanded Justice League.

History

After the Secret Society was dismantled, it was later expanded in the same fashion the superhero organization did and became a protection racket set up to counteract the influence of the Justice League.[1]

Members of the Legion clashed with the League several times, leaving the League in the dark as to the organization's existence for quite a while. Behind the scenes, Gorilla Grodd orchestrated the Legion's actions until Lex Luthor seized control from him. Given Grodd had just attempted to turn all humanity into apes, included the Legionnaires themselves, there were no spoken objections at the coup. Luthor's obsession with resurrecting Brainiac, however, hurt his leadership abilities, and when he took the Legion's headquarters into space in a final bid to accomplish his goal, many of the rogues mutinied against him, led by Gorilla Grodd.

After a battle that raged throughout the structure, Luthor sent Grodd into the vacuum of space, and the rebellion was crushed. With the mutineers gathered before him, Luthor asked why he should spare any of them. He received his answer when Killer Frost suddenly froze everybody else, earning herself a pardon. Soon after, though, Luthor resurrected not Brainiac but Darkseid (killing Tala in the process), and one of his first acts was to destroy the Hall with everybody inside.

The attack was not as successful as he thought - Sinestro protected many of his allies with his power ring, although those already frozen by Killer Frost were destroyed. The remaining members of the Legion made it to Earth in time to warn the League of Darkseid's coming invasion. Together, they fought off Darkseid's hordes. Luthor himself confronted Darkseid with the Anti-Life Equation, leaving both of their fates uncertain.

In the battle's aftermath, what was left of the Legion was awarded a "five-minute head start" by Batman. They were last seen fleeing from the League.

Members

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Background Information

  • In the Challenge of the Superfriends, a Justice League animated spin-off from the 1970s, the Legion of Doom comprised the show's main villains. The Superfriends Legion included Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Sinestro, Cheetah, Scarecrow, Grodd, Giganta, Black Manta (Devil Ray), Riddler, Toyman, Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy, and Bizarro. It was this group that inspired the Legion seen in Justice League Unlimited, down to the swamp-based lair.
  • All the members of the Challenge Legion are included in the JLU version, save Brainiac (as he is in need of resurrection by Luthor), Riddler and Scarecrow (due to the bat embargo), and Captain Cold (who does appear during the season featuring the Legion of Doom, albeit in an unrelated episode). Black Manta appears under the name "Devil Ray", used due to copyright difficulties surrounding the Aquaman family of characters. Solomon Grundy wasn't apart of the Legion of Doom because he was killed in a previous episode. The Riddler never appeared on Justice League Unlimited.
One of the nicest bits in "Alive!" was consciously making Luthor's team the villains the audience had seen most of, more or less, and cared about. Which was good, since we were hopefully making the audience worry about and root for Luthor's group. This also let us come as close as we could to the classic 13 LoD villains: Grodd was now the enemy; Captain Cold wasn't around; Devil Ray and Grundy were gone and we couldn't use Scarecrow or Riddler, so we were left with: Luthor (who kinda counts as Brainiac), Bizarro, Giganta, Cheetah, Sinestro, and Toyman (and no, I couldn't keep all 13 straight two years later without referring to my script and Wikipedia).

— Matt Wayne[2]


Trivia

  • Although not listed or seen, the creators of Justice League Unlimited have stated that every single villain (Earth based) in DC Animated Universe is part of the Legion of Doom, even if they are not seen due to restraints by Warner Brothers and/or DC Comics. Also noteworthy is that although the name of the Secret Society was never referred to as "The Legion of Doom," it was referred as such by the creators, and referenced by the title of the episode "I Am Legion." There are also several similarities to the original "Legion of Doom" from The Challenge of The Superfriends. Many of the same villains are members here, and their headquarters (the Hall of Doom) are similar.
  • Matt Wayne stated that they intended to use the name "Legion of Doom" on-screen, but they were overruled by the DC Comics:
We had planned to have Flash use it as a hyperbolic way to refer to Grodd's new Secret Society in "The Great Brain Robbery." You know, "Luthor's got some kind of, I dunno, Legion of Doom." or whatever, and then we'd have the name stick. But a mid-level naysayer at DC thought the name was too corny, and that it must never be uttered.

— Matt Wayne[3]


Appearances

Justice League Unlimited

Footnotes

  1. First seen on the Justice League Unlimited episode, "I Am Legion".
  2. In [1]
  3. In [2]

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