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Daveym

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Looking back on the League's history is Batman-as-leader a recent development of his role or was it a feature even back in the 60s,70s & 80s?
I know he was a key figure in the Giffen/DeMatteis run, and I think he was in the latter end of the Detroit based version as well but before then...? How dominant a player was he?











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Gernot 

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The League always had a rotating membership, and no real leader until the Bronze Age. Then it was Superman, until Zatanna was elected permanent chairperson, I think.

After the Martian Invasion, it was Aquaman until he left, and Martian Manhunter took over until Batman returned after Crisis On Infinite Earths. He remained in charge except when Superman would join the League.



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Super Rubbery Bung




as Mon-El said to Brainiac regarding a new leader (Mon-El resigned),

"it's always about you." - like Brainy, Batman will always have his shadow hovering over the leader, no matter who it is, or who is wearing the Bat costume.


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Daveym

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And Batman as leader is fine by me. \(yes\) \:\)

I was just unclear at what point he started gravitating to this position is all... When I think back to the original JLA series the leadership role was always a bit vague, I don't remember it being like the Legion where they had regular elections and a clear role. I'd hazard a guess Batman's ascendance began around the #180's culminating in his split to form and lead the Outsiders but to be fair the JLA's membership at the time did fluctuate a bit, he wasn't often around for it.



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