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Subj: Re: Superman Question-JLA Related
Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 at 10:16:21 am EDT (Viewed 399 times)
Reply Subj: Superman Question-JLA Related
Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 at 10:01:22 am EDT (Viewed 555 times)

    1) Since Superman has renounced is going to renounce his American citizenship, how would that affect his membership in the JLA? I ask because the JLA does operated globally, despite being called the Justice League of America and was under the impression that members have honorary citizenship in various countries.

The JLA has quite a few people who probably don't have citizenship or aren't declared in terms of their identity- Wonder Woman was a diplomat of sorts, Batman is always an unknown person to the public and the government and no one is gonna ask Congorilla if he has a green card.

Technically Kal-El the Kryptonian doesn't have American citizenship anyway; people have just let him fly around and save them, no need to call in the local Minutemen chapter.

And the JLA it is, but they've been based in Antarctica and in space as well, so they'll live.

Honorary citizenship doesn't give anyone the right to enjoy said priveledges, it's nothing but a certificate in the end. True, actual citizenship of another country outside the US (for the Earther JLers) is probably rare (JLI era excluded of course)- which is why Batman is building up his own network of Batmen all over the world. Real citizens of a country can really work better than intervention, which might bring us back to the earlier point; are the JLA gods who act above human laws and considered as such, or seen as superpowered wrecking balls that have to answer to said law?

    2) If JLA members do not have honorary citizenship, how would they operate without causing international incidents. Yes, I know, when Starro attacks, no one cares at the moment, but when the worldwide threat has been defeated, and blame is assigned, as human beings are want to do, how would JLA be able to function without incurring various suits? I could easily see a country stating; "Thanks for saving us, now here's the bill"

In the world of superhero comics, a litigious public is an anomaly- and heroes do help up clean the messes as well and do repairs, it's just not story material most of the time. Money taken from the bad guys might be applicable here, but the governments of the DCU seem to be pretty well covered in most respects, the Americans more than anyone.

They are the JL of America, but in truth no one associates them with the US Government per se, otherwise Capitol Hill will be the one fighting lawsuits. Marvel's Avengers suffered more than the JL from government interference, given the close links they had with the establishment.

    3) I'm not trying to have a debate started. I just want some clarification. Cheers.

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