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The JSA Can Lead The Next Wave of DCU TV Shows

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Black Adam has been out for a couple of weeks and audiences have been blown away by the Justice Society of America, more commonly referred to as just the Justice Society. This team has a legendary status in the comics, with their history reaching back to World War II. Chronologically, they are one of DC’s first teams in the comics, and they should be the first team for the DCU on TV. It’s no secret that the DCU is looking to expand more into television, and using the JSA is the perfect way to do that.


The JSA fought in WWII alongside the Allied forces in DC comics history. Members like Hawkman, Doctor Fate, and Jay Garrick (the first Flash) were all part of the original team. With James Gunn and Peter Safran taking control of the new DCU, they will likely be looking to create a more cohesive universe. Creating a TV series that looks back at the history of the JSA and shows their origins allows for the DCU to grow and for the characters from Black Adam to be given a bigger role in the hopefully growing universe.

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The Justice Society Can Create the New DCU

Black Adam hinted at a deeper history for many of the JSA members. Doctor Fate said he had lived for longer than he had ever imagined he would. Hawkman made it clear he didn’t fear death, subtly indicating to his history of reincarnation. Even the Atom Smasher showed that the hero had been around for a long time with Henry Winkler’s cameo as the original hero. Each one of these heroes has a larger story that they can bring into a TV series. A series could show the team being created in WWII or a different war, then take the time to explore the special relationships that each character has with each other and with their own mortality.

Having a team that has been around for a long time in the DCU can also help to set the standard for what it means to be a hero. The old DCEU received significant criticism for never presenting good heroes, almost all characters were shrouded in darkness, broodiness and death. Wonder Woman stood above this scrutiny often, and with her origin beginning in WWI, she could easily interact with the JSA in WWII. The JSA could be the heroic standards that the other heroes begin to learn from. Superman may have watched war reels of them while growing up, Batman might study history and learn of them. As they become a bigger set piece in the DCU, they can have a bigger impact on other heroes.

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The JSA Are the DCU’s Past and Future

The JSA are some of the best received parts of the new Black Adam film. With the movie being the first in what appears to be a new DCU, it would make sense if the JSA became a focal point for the franchise. While the Justice League can still control the box office, the DCU needs to build them more slowly, and not rush into it like the disastrous Justice League film from 2017. The DCU can use a JSA TV show to fill in the gap and allow the films to build a better Justice League. If both teams are working simultaneously through films and TV, then the DCU is already preparing for a huge crossover that will definitely break the box office.

Creating a JSA TV series could really help to start the DCU off on the right foot. The team can help establish a deep history of heroes within the DCU, and they can work as an inspiration for the newly re-worked Superman and other previous heroes. Allowing the best parts of Black Adam to shine shows a commitment to creating media that fans are hungry for, and to developing a more cohesive universe.

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