In the world of Justice League members, there are several cases of super powerful heroes and…not so powerful. We’ve talked about which Justice League members could beat the crap out of Batman, and fair enough, Batman can be powerful at some points. However if you were to look at a concise list of Justice League members, you’d find several members current and in the past that are far stronger than Batman and simultaneously far more powerful than several members. While we’re at it, let’s discuss which members of the Justice League are fairly weak. And just an fyi, I don’t necessarily mean weak in the sense that they don’t have control of their powers, because let’s be honest, having powers would be badass in this day and age. If you were to put all the Justice League members in a line from strongest to weakest, the members that are the weakest would be what you’ll find in this list.
I know a lot of people take a lot of pride in the fact that they nerd out hardcore for Justice League members. Comics in general are pretty popular and again brings in a lot of hardcore nerds out of the woodwork. I mean no offense with the inclusions on this list, even if I come off pretty crass. At the same time, there will also be members displayed on this list that people don’t necessarily agree with, and well…opinions are like assholes, everyone’s got one. So, before you will be 15 members of the Justice League that I consider to be the weaker of the pack.
Although Aztek has several powers under his arsenal like manipulation of dimensional energies and harnessing super strength, super speed, and whatever else, evidently he didn’t have a lot of time to prove his worth to the Justice League. Aztek had a relatively short lived solo series known as “Ultimate Man” and although at first you’re thinking “yeah, that seems pretty cool” keep in mind that he eventually ended up sacrificing himself to help Superman before the new millennium began. It’s especially funny considering him being a part of the Justice League was rather…troublesome given that his magical suit gave him abilities that resulted from Lex Luthor’s help. And of course, as any comic book nerd would know, anybody who receives even a smidgen of help from Lex Luthor is considered an enemy or a traitor of the Justice League. It’s not particularly fair as I don’t really think Aztek knew at the beginning, but until his death and beforehand, he proved to not be a particularly helpful member of the Justice League.
Gypsy has been affiliated with the Justice League since her first appearance in Justice League of America Annual #2, and since then she’s been considered not particularly favorable in regards to people’s favorites. Although much like Aztek she has certain abilities that have proven to be useful, she’s not really all that useful in the long run. She’s got abilities like precognition and invisibility, however when you compare that to the insurmountable amount of damage that other Justice League members are capable of, it’s hard to really consider her a “part of the team”. I guess at the end of the day, comic books need a happy medium of butch male superheroes and beautiful women with superpowers. However, we’ve seen it done properly with Wonder Woman and Catwoman. Gypsy however is the wild card. If you consider her powerful, by all means, do so. She just doesn’t have the “Justice League” look.
Oh c’mon, you didn’t think I was going to write a “weakest Justice League members” list without including Batman, did you? I mean seriously, I totally understand the appeal behind Batman. Mysterious dark figure in the night swooping down and inflicting damage on his foes. But as we’ve seen throughout his history, he tends to get his ass handed to him more times than not. I’m not saying he’s the weakest member of the Justice League, but when you’re in a team that is based solely on superpowers and superhuman attributes, Batman doesn’t really fit the bill. I mean, he’s got his cool gadgets, his badass demeanor, and his tendency to think things through (sometimes), but at the end of the day, he’s just a normal dude. He’s a lot like Superman in the way that he has to live a double life, but of course the only difference being that Superman actually has powers.
12. Green Lantern
Green Lantern – now there’s a name that tends to get more hate than not, but that’s probably more due to the fact that the movies he’s been featured in have been god awful. I don’t mean to sound mean, but there really needs to be someway to portray Green Lantern for what he is – a lame superhero. Although he has a mastery ability with the Green Lantern Power Ring, his only other abilities that I know of are skilled boxer, and expert pilot. So, if you’re looking to fly to another country or planet and you need someone to participate in a worldwide boxing tournament, I guess Green Lantern is your guy. I do have to give him the benefit of the doubt, because alongside The Flash, Aquaman, The Martian Manhunter, and Black Canary, Green Lantern is one of the founding members of the Justice League. So…I guess he’s not all bad. Just wish he was more useful.
And now we move onto yet another wild card. I’ll be honest, I really don’t know a whole lot about Aquaman other than the basic facts, like him being from Atlantis, being affiliated with the Justice League, and that his full name is Arthur Curry. He showed up in More Fun Comics #73, but other than that, you really don’t hear a lot about him. On the contrary, he’s got several unique abilities at his own disposal: mind control of aquatic life (obviously!) and telepathy among many other things. Though, unfortunately even with being this mastermind underwater, he really doesn’t get as much credit as you’d think. I don’t necessarily give him a lot of credit either, because what would happen to him if he suddenly could never submerge himself into the watery depths. He’d basically become useless. I sincerely hope that in this day and age, he does get more screen time, but as it stands, he doesn’t really rank very high in relation to the other Justice League members.
10. Martian Manhunter
When I hear the name Martian Manhunter, my first instinct is to think back to the cartoons that used to play on Cartoon Network. Back then my ignorance got the best of me, and I knew close to nothing about the Justice League and its members. Although Martian Manhunter has abilities like flight, superhuman strength, and others, I never really considered him a crucial part of the Justice League. But again, that could just be more about my ignorance and less about whether or not he’s truly a remarkable figure in the universe. He’s a lot like Aquaman in that regard, in the sense that he just doesn’t get as much respect as the big 3 (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman). But, I do know that if he didn’t have the power of flight, elasticity, telepathy, and telekinesis, he’d probably just turn out to be one of the more boring superheroes in the Justice League.
9. The Flash
He runs fast, that’s literally it. We’ve seen the likes of superhuman speed and the like take form throughout several different forms of media. Specifically speaking, we’re talking about The Flash, and honestly…what is there to say. Alongside having the power of super speed, he also garners the abilities of superhuman endurance, intellect, metabolism, and manipulation. Basically, if you need someone to get somewhere really fast and super agile, The Flash is your man. I don’t mean to throw shade at him, because running at super speeds would be badass, but he really needs to bring more to the table in order for me to respect him more. When you’ve got heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, and sure…even Aquaman, at least they bring something to the table. The Flash literally just bolts around like it’s nobody’s business. Though, it’s not really his fault. His powers aren’t exactly nature’s gift, though it’s stated that he got them through some form of freak accident. I guess he and Daredevil share that trait.
8. Black Canary
First appearing in Flash Comics #86, Black Canary makes this list not because she’s not pretty or whatever, but it’s more to do with the fact that she really doesn’t have much to offer in terms of power. Her abilities are laid out as being a highly trained martial artist and gymnast, and she can produce a destructive ultrasonic scream (aptly named Canary Cry). Although she’s affiliated with the Justice League, she’s also known to be affiliated with Justice Society of America, Bird of Prey, and Team 7. Contrary to some other Justice League members on this list though, Black Canary is one of DC’s earliest superheroes, and with that, she’s been very frequently paired up with Green Arrow, romantically and professionally. If there ever was a movie to be made about her, I’d pay some good money to see it. More-so because I think it’d be really freakin’ badass.
7. Elongated Man
Sometimes when I’m looking up material for these articles, I can’t help but wonder why some of these Justice League members even exist. With that being said, let’s talk about Elongated Man. Now, I know there’s a common joke that gets thrown around with calling superheroes silly names like “Stretch Man” and “Run As Far As A Field Lady”, but…Elongated Man surely takes the cake. He first appeared in The Flash vol. 1, #112 and with his debut, his abilities were also debuted. He’s got powers along the lines of a finite ability to stretch and shape his body, and enhanced agility. So…basically, you take The Flash, strip him of his super speed, and throw on elasticized body parts, and you’ve got Elongated Man. I can’t fault him though, because he has won several awards, one specifically being the 1961 Alley Award for Best Supporting Character. At least they award him for what he’s worth.
So now we’re starting to get to the somewhat worthless Justice League members, and silly ones at that. First up, we have Fire. If you haven’t figured out what her big superpower is automatically, you need to start paying attention. As her name would portray, she has the ability of self-transmutation into living green fire…and that’s literally it. I mean, I guess you could count flying and pyro kinesis as her secondary powers, but her main focus is to show off the fact that she can engulf into flames and not be harmed. Now, I’m not going to point fingers at people that like this character, but given the fact that she’s been affiliated with the Justice League, I feel I have the right to do so. Fact of the matter is, someone that engulfs herself in flames and doesn’t get hurt hardly counts as Justice League material. But…it gets even sillier.
As mentioned in the previous entry about Fire, I told you it gets even sillier. Much like her hotter counterpart, Ice has also been affiliated with the Justice League. Though, differentiating from Fire in regards to having the power of flight and otherwise, Ice literally only has the power of cryokinesis. Once again, I’m not pointing fingers. These super heroines are quite beautiful so I imagine it’s rather difficult not to include them in the Justice League, but apparently having the power to generate and project ice and snow through your hands is good enough to be included in the superhero gang. Let’s be honest though, wouldn’t it be badass to be able to conjure ice and snow whenever you so pleased? Hell, it’d be great to have such a power when summer rolls around and everyone is struggling to find cold air. I guess in that regard, the Justice League have been lucky to associate themselves with her.
4. Tasmanian Devil
No, I’m not talking about the same Tasmanian Devil that we’ve seen in cartoons. This specific Tasmanian Devil doesn’t spin around and cause havoc. Instead, this particular Tasmanian Devil has the power to transform into a were-beast. This creature first appeared in Super Friend #7 and the first thing I think when I see both the name and the ability associated is…a meaner version of The Hulk. Don’t get me wrong, The Hulk is badass. Though I guess DC Comics needed their own Hulk counterpart, and thus Tasmanian Devil takes that pedestal. I don’t really have much more to say about him because his only ability is to turn into a were-beast. Other than being affiliated with the Justice League though, he’s been affiliated with Global Guardians, who have members from countries around the world to give the Justice League more ethnic diversity, and Ultramarine Corps who are a group of superhumans sponsored by the government to rival the Justice League.
Known by many names like The Element Man and Dyna-Man, Metamorpho garners the ability to transmutate into a wide variety of elemental compounds. Now, when has transmuting into elemental compounds ever proved to be useful. If you answered almost never, you’re in the same ballpark as I am. Metamorpho first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #57, and is the founding member of the Outsiders. Although he has been included in multiple incarnations of the Justice League, the Outsiders fits him far better since this particular group of superheroes focuses more on members that don’t fit the norms of the typical superhero. On top of that, Metamorpho has also been affiliated with the Seven Soldiers of Victory, Doom Patrol, and Stagg Enterprises. In all honesty, at the end of the day I would probably love to see a spin-off focusing on Metamorpho. How badass would that be? Watching someone on the big screen transmuting into elemental compounds. In fact, they should just do an entire Outsiders movie.
Multi Man, or otherwise known by his alter ego of Duncan Pramble, is a pretty big wild card in regards to Justice League superheroes. If someone were to come up to me and ask me which superheroes from the Justice League I remember clearly, I’d probably go with the obvious ones. Upon researching, I found that I did memorize Multi Man from a variety of different sources. He first appeared in Challengers of the Unknown #14, and his only ability that is known is the power to resurrect with a new superhuman ability. This would be extremely useful and he wouldn’t even come close to this list…if not for the fact that he basically has to die in battle, or commit suicide to become stronger. I guess that does have an added benefit of not really having to worry about losing a crucial member of your team. Alongside the Justice League, he’s been affiliated with the Injustice League, the League of Challenger-Haters and Suicide Squad.
1. Plastic Man
With every single mention in this article, I had to save the best for last. We’ve gone through turmoil and hilarity to get to this final point, and I am of course speaking of Plastic Man. First and foremost, great name. Secondly, I would be lying if I said I didn’t burst out laughing just by the name of this superhero, and of course the added hilarity of what this superhero looks like. He does have several different abilities under his belt that are worth mentioning. One being the superhuman elasticity and plasticity of his body, hence the name. He’s also got the ability of shapeshifting (duh!) and is practically immortal. Though, I’d be shocked if someone like this guy ended up dying seeing as he can’t really break any bones. Imagine how useful this power would be if it were basically made available to everybody in the world. The world would be a better (sillier) place.