In case you didn’t notice it, there was a JLI (Justice League International) in the New52, but it didn’t survive (as a team, as a team, and in some cases, as constituent individuals). In the words of faithful JLI fan and Absorbascommando CobraMisfit:
“Basically, OMAC was overridden by Brother Eye and kicked everyone's butt. They introduced three new characters to join the team who were immediately placed in the hospital thanks to OMAC. Booster and Godiva shared a kiss, then Booster got owned, failed to stop OMAC, and then had him and his future self vanish from existence because of the WW/Supes kiss. Everyone else was either in the hospital or kicked to other third-tier teams. It was one gigantic failure.”
Some people think of the JLI as a parallel to the ‘Justice League Unlimited’ animated series, and think, “If that worked, why won’t the JLI?” But they miss the mark. The JLI isn’t the comic book counterpart to the JLUnltd; the Real Justice League is. The Real League started with DC’s most iconic, longstanding heroes (um… and Cyborg) and is now expanding to include ‘auxiliary members’ (as seen in the recent Atlantis War storyline). What the JLI is actually most parallel with is the Global Guardians.
A few of you may not even know who the Global Guardians are. Well, once upon time (a rather long time, in fact) there was a cartoon version of the Justice League BEFORE Justice League Animated. It was called ‘the Super-Friends’ and was geared toward a younger audience. There was also for a few years an associated comic book of this Super-Friends series. It was in that series that the Global Guardians were introduced.
The Global Guardians were a confederation of heroes from around the globe; each member was representative of a particular country or culture.
1.Doctor Mist (Nommo of Kor, Africa) - Leader and Visionary
2.The Little Mermaid (Ulla Paske of Denmark)
3.Jack O'Lantern (Daniel Cormac of Ireland)
4.Owlwoman (Wenonah Littlebird of Oklahoma, United States)
5.Rising Sun (Izumi Yasunari of Japan)
6.Tasmanian Devil (Hugh Dawkins of Australia)
7.Seraph (Chaim Lavon of Israel)
8.Tuatara (Jeremy Wakefield of New Zealand)
9.Thunderlord (Liang Xih-k'ai of Taiwan)
10.Olympian (Aristides Demetrios of Greece)
11.Godiva (Dorcas Leigh of England)
12.Impala (M'Bulaze of South Africa)
13.Wild Huntsman (Albrecht Von Mannheim of Germany)
14.Bushmaster (Bernal Rojas of Venezuela)
15.Fire, formerly Green Fury and Green Flame (Beatriz da Costa of Brazil)
16.Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen of Norway)
Recognize any of those names from JLI? I’m sure you do.
After the Super-Friends comic was discontinued in 1981, the Global Guardians – a natural gimmick –were introduced in the regular DCU in 1982. The Global Guardians are not best viewed as ‘an international version of the Justice League,” though. They have many more members and their powers are keyed to their countries of origin. In point of fact, they weren’t ‘the international Justice League”; they were “the present-day Legion of Super-Heroes”. Chew on that one for a while.
If the “JLI” had not been named that, and if had been constituted more like the Global Guardians, rather than a “UN-controlled JL-lite”, it might still be with us.