The Justice League debuted in 1960 in "The Brave and the Bold #28," as the Silver Age's successor to the Golden Age's Justice Society of America. The league's original roster consisted of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, as the heroes banded together to save Earth from larger threats they couldn't compete against on their own, such as Steppenwolf and Darkseid.
The team made the leap from comics to the small screen in 1973 with the "Super Friends" animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera, featuring a more light-hearted take on the group focusing more on the power of friendship as a means to save the world. In 2001, the team returned to television with "Justice League Unlimited" as part of the DC Animated Universe, which returned the team closer to their comic book counterparts and included more mature storylines.
In 2017, the group made its silver screen debut in "Justice League" after years of build-up in the DC Extended Universe. The film decided to go with the New 52 roster of the team, replacing Martian Manhunter with Cyborg and eliminating Green Lantern. Production for the film was troubled, with director Zack Snyder leaving during post-production to deal with a family tragedy and Warner Bros. scheduling reshoots and rewrites close to the November release, with director Joss Whedon (“The Avengers”) taking over, much to the displeasure of the cast and crew. Throw in a sloppy CGI mustache removal because of time restraints and continuity issues with the previous films and you have the perfect recipe for disaster.
Response to the original film was lukewarm to negative, and fans soon began to campaign for the Snyder cut of the film, signing petitions and creating hashtags to get the movement noticed by Warner Bros. At first, the studio was clear in its stance that the director's cut would never see the light of day. However, in May 2020, Snyder officially announced the film would be released on HBO Max with a runtime of 4 hours and an R rating in March 2021. While we eagerly await to see the film as it was intended, even with such an insane runtime, here are some of the best Justice League tattoos we could find to celebrate this special release.
Editor's Note: Apologies to Cyborg for getting left out of the cover image. Fans of The Justice League, please go get Cyborg tattoos. There are very few and they all kinda suck. Thank you!