The new Superman shouldn’t lead the next Justice League

While Jon Kent’s Superman is eager to assemble a new team of heroes after the death of the Justice League, he’s not ready to lead DC’s Dark Crisis.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Dark Crisis #1

As the Son of Kal-El proves to be a worthy successor to his father’s legacy as Supermanhe’s not quite ready to lead his own Justice League in the DCs dark crisis. After the death of the original Justice League, Jon Kent takes it upon himself to form a new team of heroes. However, he quickly showed that he probably shouldn’t lead the next Justice League and that others could and should lead in his place.

In his own series Son of Kal-El by Tom Taylor and John Timms, Jon Kent became the new Superman while his father was in space fighting Mongul. During this new era, Jon Kent quickly stepped up in many ways and often met or exceeded the powers and responsibilities of the original Man of Steel. However, Clark Kent left some awfully big shoes to fill in his wake, which Jon tackled as he strived to become his own hero in the DC Universe while honoring Superman’s legacy.


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With this in mind, DC Dark Crisis #1 by Joshua Williamson and Daniel Sampere sees Jon Kent trying to come to terms with the recent loss of his father and the Justice League as a whole. While believing they will one day return, Superman tries to recruit a new Justice League in the meantime, bringing together a truly unique team of those who haven’t said no to Superman’s new proposal (Jace Fox’s Batman and Wonder Woman by Yara Flor refused). However, Black Adam is quick to criticize Jon’s decision, pointing out that the young hero isn’t ready to lead his own League when other heroes would be more suited for the role (like Dick Grayson’s Nightwing).


While it might be cold, Black Adam is probably right that Jon isn’t ready for such a big role in the DC Universe. While his intentions are solid and communicate the new Superman’s desire to help people feel safe again, the issue indicates that Jon’s mentor Nightwing is a much better option to lead the members of the next Justice. League. Nightwing is part of the first generation of DC sidekicks who have now grown up into heroes in their own right. As seen in Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo night wingDick Grayson has truly become the DC Universe’s greatest hero (especially now that the original Justice League heroes are no more).

by Jon Kent Superman is an incredible hero who could one day lead his own Justice League. However, there are currently other older and more experienced heroes, making them better options to take on this major role instead. While Nightwing seems like the best candidate to lead the new Justice League after this first issue of dark crisisfans will just have to wait and see as the new DC event continues.

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