Thanks to her newly successful film, Wonder Woman is quickly becoming one of the most well-known superheroes in the world. Her teammates, Batman and Superman, are already some of the most popular characters in fiction. Now all of them are coming together with some other heroes in a manga version of the DC comics super-team known as the Justice League. In the July issue of Akita Shoten’s Champion RED magazine, a new monthly series based on the Justice League of America will follow more adventures of these heroes. This new series will follow heroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. The title of the series does seem to focus on Batman though, since it’s called Batman and the Justice League.
The artwork is done by manga artist Shiori Teshirogi and it looks like they are taking inspiration for the costumes from the New 52 relaunch that DC went through a few years ago rather than the most recent new Rebirth take on the DC Universe. The story will apparently feature the Joker and a team of supervillains going up against Batman and his squad. Since it’s focusing on Batman, the story seems to be about whether or not the Dark Knight will choose to remain a loner or become a real member of the team. This story is also only the first in this new manga series and the next planned release will be called Justice League Origin: Wonder Woman. It will re-tell the origin story of Wonder Woman just in time for the Japanese release of her solo film debut.
American comic books have been turned into manga before, but this is probably the biggest commitment DC comics has made to a Japanese production. Unsurprisingly, most of them have been about Batman on his own, like the anime Batman: Gotham Knight that was released alongside The Dark Knight back in 2008. It makes a lot of sense for them to turn the focus on to the Justice League team what with Wonder Woman being such a recent big success and the release of the Justice League film only a few months away. It seems like DC is mainly interested in marketing internationally only around the new releases of their big films. Luckily for Japanese fans of DC, it looks like Warner Bros. and DC Comics have a whole batch of films planned in the next few years.
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