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The Greek Pantheon & Their Justice League Counterparts

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There was a conscious effort during the '90s to match the traits of the Justice League's characters to the Greek Pantheon of Olympians.

Superheroes are widely classified as the myths of the post-enlightenment era, revising ancient heroic archetypes in a post-modern sense, often with a science fiction grounding. When the major heroes of the DC Universe were united under a single publisher and starred in the ensemble Justice League of America comic, it became clear they bore a particular resemblance to the ancient Greek pantheon.

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This idea was made explicit during the late nineties when writer Grant Morrison and artist Howard Porter rebooted the underperforming property with a series titled JLA. During this period, there was a conscious effort for the Justice League's characters to match the traits of the Olympians.

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Superman is the head of the Justice League and also the ultimate patriarchal figure, much like Zeus, whose classical depiction even influenced the popular representations of the western monotheistic god. Zeus is the king of the gods and lord of the heavens, which suits Superman, who has mastery of the sky and outer space.

In some issues of JLA, Superman had acquired a blue costume due to events taking place in the Man of Steel's solo titles. This period gave Superman a set of electricity-based powers, which brought him even closer to Zeus, who's also the god of lightning.

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