HALL OF JUSTICE Returns to DC Continuity: So What's the History of the HALL?

Hall of Justice
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The Hall of Justice is making a comeback this summer when the "New Justice" line of comic books utilizes the building. But this time, Justice League writer Scott Snyder is making the Hall a central hub for the entire DCU.

Announced by Snyder at this past weekend's WonderCon, the new Hall of Justice will have "many doors" that no one can see unless they are approved by the League. "You must be connected by the chairman, the Martian Manhunter, in order to see them," Snyder told Newsarama recently.

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The portals in this new Hall of Justice will be utilized by the new teams that will debut in spin-off series Justice League Dark and Justice League Odyssey, as well as other characters and teams, including the Teen Titans.

So why all the excitement about the Hall of Justice? And if the comic books didn't have a Hall of Justice in the past, where did it come from? Newsarama takes a look at the history of the Justice League's Hall of Justice.
 

First Appearance

The Hall of Justice didn't originally debut in the comic books. In fact, it didn't debut in DC continuity until long after it was recognized by comic book fans as the headquarters of the Justice League (but more on that later).

The building first appeared in the Super Friends animated series, which ran on TV from 1973 to 1986.

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The Hall was part of the very first episode of Super Friends on September 8, 1973, and the building popped up frequently during the cartoon's run as a Saturday morning staple.

From the start, it had the now-familiar curved, art deco, glass-covered front that's remarkably similar to the former Union Terminal (and current museum center) in Cincinnati, the city where Hanna-Barbera's parent company was based at the time.

Renderings for renovated Union Terminal
Renderings for renovated Union Terminal
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The Hall had a giant computer that could show video from around the world - one with the type of blinking lights that were pretty standard in 1970s sci-fi computers. It also featured a "Trouble Alert" global monitoring system that would warn the League of danger through the computer.

It also seemed to be a publicly recognized building in the cartoon, with a sign on front announcing its purpose and the Batmobile sometimes parked out right out front.
 

Comic Book Continuity

Although the Hall of Justice was part of the Super Friends comic book series, it didn't officially enter DC's main ongoing continuity until much later. While the Hall showed up in a few out-of-continuity one-shots over the years, it wasn't established as part of DC's main continuity until 2007.

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This recent version was built in the aftermath of Infinite Crisis, constructed on top of the former bases of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron. The building was designed by Wonder Woman and, of course, by Green Lantern John Stewart, who's a professional architect. Superman did the heavy lifting to build the structure and Batman provided the money for materials.

In this version, the Hall of Justice was a front for the League, serving as an embassy and museum to the world at large but containing secret tele porters to the JLA watchtower satellite.
 

Destruction

After the launch of DC's "New 52" continuity, the Justice League International took over the Hall as its base of operations while it was working for the United Nations. Eventually in that series, after controversy from the general public about non-Americans using the structure, the Hall of Justice was destroyed by terrorists.

In current continuity, the Justice League meets in a satellite "watchtower," but that structure recently crashed into Earth - making way for the new Hall of Justice imagined by Snyder.
 

Other media

The Hall of Justice has shown up in multiple other media - some even before it was part of comic book continuity. It was utilized to various degrees in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, animated series like Justice League Unlimited and Superman: The Animated Series, and in multiple video games and direct-to-DVD movies over the years. The shape of the building has been utilized as a tease in other superhero stories, including CW's Arrowverse.

The Hall of Justice also came close to appearing in Warner Bros.' recent Justice League movie, according to later-released storyboards.

And it'll be re-built in real life for the upcoming Warner Bros. World: Abu Dhabi theme park.

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