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Subj: Re: was Cyborg a good fit for the JLA
Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 at 02:27:28 am EST (Viewed 345 times)
Reply Subj: was Cyborg a good fit for the JLA
Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 at 02:03:45 pm EST (Viewed 8 times)

    I know they wanted to add diversity to the JLA's founding members now that WB is finally going to make movies. But was Cyborg the right call? I was a huge fan of the Wolfman/Perez run on Teen Titans, and poaching Victor does significant damage to the Titans, especially if they ever decide to do movies about the junior team. It also irks me a little that they've tinkered with Victor's personality.

He is an odd fit for a new Justice League launch to be sure, the problem at its core isn't that he is a member of the JLA - James Robinson had drafted him in previously - the real problem rather is that he is a key Titans character scrubbed of that past completely and being treat as if he was an A/B-List character in line with Aquaman or Hawkman. He will never be that. He isn't built to be that.

    I'm of the opinion that, if they wanted diversity, they could have killed two birds with one stone by making Vixen a founding member instead of Cyborg. On top of the visible minority angle, the JLA has often been criticized for its lack of female heroes. Vixen, who was actually a JLA member, would've been the ideal solution, not Cyborg. I think they really missed the boat here.

They missed the boat on more than one front, for instance the notion that the League's line-up up until now has never wavered from being Superman/Batman/Aquaman/Cyborg/Wonder Woman/Green Lantern/Flash. That strips the book and team from having any deep past or tradition.
But you are right in that if they wanted a minority prescence they could have filled it without pulling in a well known Teen Titans character as their own and instead gone with a more natural fit, someone who isn't so intimately identified with another long running series. Such as Ryan Choi, John Irons, Doctor Light, or even Mr Terrific. But the sheer exclusivity of this Justice League seems to make it a closed shop for trying out members, the line up is extremely rigid and inflexible.

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