On Friday afternoon, at Toronto’s sprawling Fan Expo convention, DC Comics will announce that its flagship superhero team — which has included such celebrity superheroes as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern — is going to uproot from the U.S.A. and be headquartered north of the border in the spring of 2014. The ongoing Justice League of America series will be renamed and feature a new Canadian character alongside some of the world’s best-known heroes.
Better yet, it will be written by Toronto’s own Jeff Lemire, who has become one of DC’s superstar writers, and now gets the chance to bring those heroes to his familiar stomping ground.
“This is like my ultimate dream job,” said Lemire during an interview earlier this week. “It sounds like a joke and something like this would never happen, but it is actually happening, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Much of the action will take place in Toronto, Lemire says, but the actual team will be based around James Bay and Moosonee.
“I do want to create a cool, rural Northern Ontario headquarters for Justice League Canada, and I don’t want to spoil it yet.
“And it’s not a hockey rink, I promise. Although, of course, it did cross my mind,” he says with a laugh.