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Here’s Your Post-Crisis on Infinite Reboots Justice League Roster

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?Jim Lee released this promo pic for the new Justice League this weekend. Obviously, Superman, Batman, pants-wearing Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are the new core, but if you look at the sides, you can see the expanded line-up. On the left:

? Deadman
? The Atom
? Some chick
? Firestorm

And on the right:

? Green Arrow
? Hawkman
? Some other chick
? Mera, Aquaman’s wife

Now, regarding the chicks — most sites are pretty sure the girl on the left is Element Woman, a new character designed by Jim Lee who’s debuting in Flashpoint. And while some folks feel the girl on the right is Black Canary, someone at Newsarama pointed out she also looks like Miranda Shrieve, a new character who’s a monster hunter (?) and who appears in Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown.

As always, I’m not the hardest-core of comics fans, so certainly there are folks better qualified than I to say what works and doesn’t work about this line-up (Deadman? Really?). But using two all-new female characters instead of established characters like Black Canary or Hawkgirl seems a bit weird to me, although not as weird as including Mera. I know Geoff Johns has a hard-on for her, but come on. Aquaman has enough problems fitting in the Justice League — is adding another water-based character really going to help matters? (Via Comics Alliance)

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