August's Justice League #5 will debut a new team of DC's most powerful supervillains, this time uniting under a name that's never quite made it to mainstream comic books before: the Legion of Doom.
"The story is really about why, in this particular moment, an Injustice Gang, all that stuff, would be too small," Snyder told CBR, who debuted the cover. "We need something as big as the Legion of Doom - which we haven’t really seen in continuity, save for a couple small glimpses in Elsewords or things like that. I wanted to bring them back full force, set it against the Hall of Justice, and have it be the biggest clash that we’ve been able to do at DC in many, many years."
Snyder went on to explain that Lex Luthor forms the new team after witnessing the power of the Omega Titans, a cosmic threat introduced in the current Justice League: No Justice series in an attempt to form a superteam based around his personal ideal of humanity. Luthor will also come up against another major villain attempting to form their own Injustice Gang.
The Legion of Doom debuted in the 1970s cartoon Challenge of the Super Friends. Though similar groups have existed in DC Comics, the Legion of Doom name has never been a part of the mainstream DC Universe. The new Legion's core roster will consist of Lex Luthor, the Joker, Black Manta, Grodd, Sinestro, and Cheetah - all characters who were part of the original animated version of the Legion of Doom.
Elsewhere in CBR's interview, Snyder also mentioned the return of No Justice's Omega Titans to Justice League - as well as the returning threats of Barbatos and the Dark Multiverse.
“You’re going to see a lot of the characters from Metal come back in this, Barbatos, the Dark Multiverse, you’re going to see more about the World Forge," Snyder explained. "The Titans that you’re experiencing in No Justice, the Celestials, they play a huge part in the secrets of the Source Wall and this huge arc we’re going to do later with Aquaman. We wanted it to be one giant soap opera.”
While CBR quotes Snyder as referring to "The Celestials" in No Justice, what Snyder is almost certainly referring to is the Omega Titans, a new concept in the DC Universe that has been compared to Marvel Comics' Celestials.
Justice League #5 is due out on shelves in August. No specific release date has been solicited.