The question of what happens when you remove a single element from an ensemble cast is a fascinating one to me.  What would the Fantastic Four be without the Thing?  Or the X-Men without Cyclops?  Or The Outsiders without Batman?  (The answers are “Boring”, “Dead” and “Functional”, in case you were wondering.)  The Justice League, though, is a more complex beastie with more moving parts, leading me to wonder what happens without their big fun/honorary leader, and how you replace his combination of raw power, versatility and positivity, leading to today’s truth, justice and the American query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that the other six members of the League (Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash and Cyborg and/or J’onn) are not eligible as answers, asking: What fictional character of any provenance would you choose for the difficult task of replacing Superman in the Justice League?

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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Shazam/Captain Marvel could do it powers wise, but not as a leader and moral compass. Best choice would probably be Optimus Prime. Powerful enough to be punchy and fighty in most situations, well liked by everyone, wise and just.

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