Should Superman be the leader of the JLA? His relevence?

#1 Edited by kingsyn (19 posts) - - Show Bio

First off let me say that i don't want to start a big forum war or something, i just want people's (intelligent) opinions. This question(s) was something my mind was dwelling on.
Secondly, no matter what you think when you read what i wrote below, i'm a MASSIVE Superman fan. He's my fav superhero.

The reason i wanted to ask this question is because i kind of believed that the best fighter (power level, skill, tactics, etc) should be in charge of a team of fighters, which is what the JLA mostly are. Superman is (i think) the strongest in terms of brute strength/speed and amount of abilities.
But, If you look at someone like Wonder Woman, she has very near his strength/speed (some say equal), shes a more skilled fighter and knows more about battle tactics because of her amazonian training. So why is she not the leader instead, or even the figurehead for the JLA. As much as i adore Superman (and i really do), i can't even imagine how he could beat her in real fight, maybe only draw (only because of his invulnerability level).

I mean you could argue Superman has the ideals which represent the JLA, thats why he is the leader. But ideals do not win fights and WW is known to inspire people as well. You could even (very sadly say) whats the point of Superman at all, is he maybe obsolete?  Whats his relevence?
Damn, this posting making me feel really depressed now!! :(

#2 Edited by Cavalry (237 posts) - - Show Bio

I really think that the best leader should be someone that is both an effective leader but also someone that commands respect, someone that people can look up to.

That is superman.

he may not be the smartest.
He may not be the best fighter.
He may not be the most skilled.
He is however, someone that you can look up to.

Its why whenever I put together some form of superhero team, i always make Cap America the leader.  For these same reasons.

Brute strength only gets you so far, but it wont hold together a team, and it wont win the hearts and minds.

#3 Posted by pixelized (62882 posts) - - Show Bio

Um no.

Let WW Lead.....
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#4 Posted by mr.superior (134 posts) - - Show Bio

Of course he's got great leadership skills. He's got a strong personality and is a trust worthy guy.

#5 Edited by kingsyn (19 posts) - - Show Bio
mr.superior said:
"

Of course he's got great leadership skills. He's got a strong personality and is a trust worthy guy.

"
Thats exactly my point you see, WW also has great leadership (amazon battle leadership) skills, and a strong personality. And i'm pretty sure that everybody in the JLA trusts her. So what i'm asking is, whats the point of Superman. Has he been made redundant, or is he not? (I kind of blame the bloody writers if he is, tossers!). Its kills me having to ask/write something like this because i'm such a big fan of supes, but i've been thinking about it alot. (I know, i'm a huge nerd!!)
#6 Posted by speedlgt (2109 posts) - - Show Bio

no one outside of cap can rally the troops like superman. He can inspire a whole nation just like cap. Thats why hes the leader no matter whos the chairperson hes the leader. He reps hope and justice freedom. WW reps a warrior and batman reps fear any of those could lead and kinda do in turn but superman is the true leader and he should be.

#7 Posted by digitwizard (1 posts) - - Show Bio

supes should be the leader. he is the 1 who inspired an entire generation of new heroes. but y in hell is black canary the chairperson???

#8 Edited by The Avenging Angel (52 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is the leader because, as almost everyone before me has said, he represents the best in all of us. He's the rallying force of the Justice League because he embodies everything that the JLA is about: morality, justice, courage, compassion, and the will to do all and anything (even lay down one's own life) for the sake of others. Yes, other heroes have ALL of these qualities too; but not to the capacity that Superman does. That's why the other JLA members view him as their leader; he represents the very best in all of them.

** Yes, I am a VERY big Superman fan as well ;) *

#9 Posted by Alpha (7322 posts) - - Show Bio

Anytime Batman is on the team , he should lead, Nobody can match his intellect and strategic mind.

#10 Posted by ClarkJosephKent1938DC (682 posts) - - Show Bio
speedlgt said:
"no one outside of cap can rally the troops like superman. He can inspire a whole nation just like cap. Thats why hes the leader no matter whos the chairperson hes the leader. He reps hope and justice freedom. WW reps a warrior and batman reps fear any of those could lead and kinda do in turn but superman is the true leader and he should be."

And even Cap can't rally the troops as good as Superman.
#11 Posted by the human Juggernaut (7224 posts) - - Show Bio
The Avenging Angel said:
"Superman is the leader because, as almost everyone before me has said, he represents the best in all of us. He's the rallying force of the Justice League because he embodies everything that the JLA is about: morality, justice, courage, compassion, and the will to do all and anything (even lay down one's own life) for the sake of others. Yes, other heroes have ALL of these qualities too; but not to the capacity that Superman does. That's why the other JLA members view him as their leader; he represents the very best in all of them.

** Yes, I am a VERY big Superman fan as well ;) *"
captain marvel should lead.  He represents everything superman represents and then some.
#12 Posted by King Saturn (223816 posts) - - Show Bio
I would rather see Black Adam or Lobo lead the JLA...

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#13 Posted by Push (1552 posts) - - Show Bio

Supes should be the Leader, and Bats the Tactical advisor/leader! Worlds Greatest :-)

#14 Posted by speedlgt (2109 posts) - - Show Bio

A major thing to consider here is how smart superman is or rather should be......Its basic knowledge that the guy is or should be WAY smarter than hes shown and that's mainly because you have to make him somewhat human! but the reality is he should very near batman and Luthor intellect due to him being from and advanced race and advanced science. Also he should be able to process things far faster than batman and WW. Thus really he should be very near both of them in intellect and tactics. Given all that is the fact that both WW and Batman look up to him and would follow him in to hell! I see Batman kinda like Supermans Advisor but moreso there an unbeatable team, adding WW as Sargent just makes the trinity off the scale.  It will be intresting to see How Hal Jordan leads the new JLA as I view jordan as a GL leader but I dont know how hes gonna do as a JLA leader......I would feel better with a NIGHTWING in full command of the JLA.....a natural Leader

#15 Posted by Ms. Invisible (3292 posts) - - Show Bio
kingsyn said:
"First off let me say that i don't want to start a big forum war or something, i just want people's (intelligent) opinions. This question(s) was something my mind was dwelling on.
Secondly, no matter what you think when you read what i wrote below, i'm a MASSIVE Superman fan. He's my fav superhero.

The reason i wanted to ask this question is because i kind of believed that the best fighter (power level, skill, tactics, etc) should be in charge of a team of fighters, which is what the JLA mostly are. Superman is (i think) the strongest in terms of brute strength/speed and amount of abilities.
But, If you look at someone like Wonder Woman, she has very near his strength/speed (some say equal), shes a more skilled fighter and knows more about battle tactics because of her amazonian training. So why is she not the leader instead, or even the figurehead for the JLA. As much as i adore Superman (and i really do), i can't even imagine how he could beat her in real fight, maybe only draw (only because of his invulnerability level).

I mean you could argue Superman has the ideals which represent the JLA, thats why he is the leader. But ideals do not win fights and WW is known to inspire people as well. You could even (very sadly say) whats the point of Superman at all, is he maybe obsolete?  Whats his relevence?
Damn, this posting making me feel really depressed now!! :("
Forget about all that he stands for. He's only there because DC puts him there. He is DC's staple hero after all. Don't wanna ruin that image now, do we?
#16 Posted by jorgeareizaga (296 posts) - - Show Bio
Push said:
"Supes should be the Leader, and Bats the Tactical advisor/leader! Worlds Greatest :-)"

I agree with her

Superman is the maximum incarnation of the alpha stud that have existed and will exist so he must rule
#17 Posted by jorgeareizaga (296 posts) - - Show Bio
SUPERMAN´S CROTCH MUST RULE THE JLA AND THE ENTIRE WORLD!!
#18 Posted by Shonen (692 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell no why must he be the leader because he's the most powerful in the group...LAME being strongest doesn't automatically mean you can lead.

#19 Posted by Nighthunter (28580 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be the first to say it, if Superman really excisted and was accepted like he is in the comics, everyone would follow him

like Little Barda said in Kingdom Come "I would follow that man to Apocalypse"

that being said why hasn't John lead? I mean he is the only founding member who never had the chance, that ain't fair

#20 Posted by hylian (1027 posts) - - Show Bio

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#21 Posted by Superguy1591 (2531 posts) - - Show Bio

The most popular hero leads the JL. That is how DC always does it.

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