DC Comics is making a big announcement later today at Fan Expo in Toronto: the company is moving the Justice League of America- a superhero team that has included characters such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman - to Canada.
In a story arc that will also introduce a new Canadian character (and resurrect an old DC character, Adam Strange, as a Canadian as well), Toronto-based comic book writer and artist Jeff Lemire will shift the iconic team's base of operations north, to the Moosonee and James Bay area.
Much of the story, which is set to kick off in the spring of 2014, will take place in Toronto, but the team's home base will be located farther north, in areas of Ontario that will be familiar to fans of Lemire's other work. But he won't say exactly where it will be located.
"I do want to create a cool, rural Northern Ontario headquarters for Justice League Canada, and I don't want to spoil it yet," Lemire told the Toronto Star.
"And it's not a hockey rink, I promise."
The new Canadian character will be central to the story, and Lemire says he wants to create an individual who is reflective of the experience of many young Canadians.
"I'm trying to make a character that reflects a real part of our cultural identity, who could be a real Canadian teenager," he said.
As for which heroes will make up Justice League Canada, the writer won't name names, but he did tell the Star that it is a "dream team" of A-list DC characters, alongside some "oddball and more obscure characters."
Ontario has served as the backdrop for Lemire's work in the past. His breakout books were the Essex County trilogy.
The collected version of the trilogy was nominated for Canada Reads in 2011. It was knocked out in the first round, but ended up winning a "People's Choice" poll with more votes than all the other books combined.
Canadian superheroes were in the news recently with the launch of the Captain Canuck web series. The first episode of the series was released on Canada Day (obviously).
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Via The Toronto Star