With the approaching 60th anniversary of the Justice League, DC has just introduced a brand new Justice League logo
concept for its comic. Just as the Justice League's roster has evolved over time the new lineup includes Superman, Batman,
Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl so has the logo, which was most famously revamped and
updated in 2016.
This one, on the other hand, pays homage to the original 1960 logo's design.
The Justice League logo has featured a hallmark star over the years in reality, the initial edition has a slew of them, maybe a couple too many and although it's been absent in recent iterations, it's back this time, complete with clean lines and a touch of width. However, there's something odd about it that you might not notice right away: while the Justice League wordmark is slanted at a jaunty angle, the star itself isn't. Furthermore, one of the vertices runs parallel to the text's angle; this is evidently a deliberate design choice, but it does seem unusual.
Maybe that's the plan; it sure attracts attention. This latest Justice League emblem, which first appeared on the front
cover of Justice League #25, not only celebrates the Justice League's 60th birthday a little early, but also kicks off
DC's Year of the Villain celebration.
Lex Luthor gives the universe an offer in this extra-sized anniversary issue: refuse the Justice League and follow his efforts to rescue mankind, because justice isn't getting the job done.
The Justice League of America is a superhero team from the United States of America. The gold standard in Justice
League logos, and I still wonder why DC deviates from it. It's the ideal logo for this team, and it can never be
changed. I will survive with the JLI mark, but no other JLA symbol belongs in the same galaxy.
The Atom is a subatomic particle. Another favourite of mine. It's odd that the Tiny Titan has such big letters that take up too much cover area. However, the architecture conveys the Atom's conceptually essential sense of development and perspective. The Atom's logo has never been better.
Green Lantern is a superhero. Though I favour the later version adopted right before the O'Neil/Adams classic run and easily converted to Green Lantern/Green Arrow, I have a soft spot for this design. Even though this is one of Schnapp's most obvious projects, I really like it, if only for nostalgia's sake.
Plastic Man is a fictional character. This is a Schnapp classic. It's similar to Superboy, but it's more in line with Plas' personality and sense of humour. It's a lighthearted, friendly style. It's effective because the letters seem to be spread like Silly Putty. Which, now that I think about it, is actually how Plastic Man smells.
Metal Men are a group of men who are into metal music This Justice League badge, in contrast to Plastic Man's style, seems to have been forged from Lead or Iron. It's a commanding appearance, but the Metal Men themselves are more amusing than this banner suggests. It doesn't matter. It's yet another timeless classic.
Luca Nemolato, a concept artist for the Titans, has revealed an unreleased Hawkgirl design created for an undisclosed project.
There haven't been many representations of Hawkman or Hawkgirl that have leapt off the screen in an amazing manner since their appearances on Justice League Unlimited and the Arrowverse, all of which featured the Thanagarians prominently. That would not have been the case if the making of an unnamed live-action series had gone a little differently.
We now know what would have happened if Shayera Hol had gotten to swing her mace anywhere other than Legends of Tomorrow, thanks to newly published art by Titans and Stargirl model artist Luca Nemolato. In an Instagram post, Nemolato wrote, “New idea for a technological Hawkgirl that never happened,” but he did not say how old the rendering is.
“I had the idea of sending her [a] high altitude mask for when she is soaring – swipe left,” he continued in his caption. Close-ups of the mask follow in the gallery.
Hawkgirl's unrealized incarnation is defined as "technological," implying that her abilities are derived from the costume, equivalent to Iron Man or The Vulture. We may never know, just as we may never know for what project this concept was developed. It may have been for a possible solo series on Legends of Tomorrow, or for Krypton, a programme Hawkgirl was speculated to star in before it was cancelled.
We can deduce it was for a TV show based on Nemolato's ArtStation portfolio, as that subject appears among the tags in the lower right of the page devoted to the Hawkgirl art. Nemolato has worked on the majority of DC Universe Originals, so the show in question may have been one of them. Given the Hawks' experience with the Justice Society and the job Nemolato did for the film, Stargirl, which is currently airing on The CW, is a possible contender.
For the STRIPE robot, he designed the Justice League logo, which he previously posted and debated on Instagram. He also made a post about it when Stargirl first aired last year. Many of his concepts were included in the show, including the location of the headlights on the body, "the vehicle look for the chest and the badge," and the mech's profile.
Then there's Titans, where Hawkgirl can easily be seen battling alongside Nightwing, Wonder Girl, and the other DC sidekicks, and where Nemolato was tasked with creating the villains for Season 2. Light's presence was to be "believable," and the villain's powers were to be "practical," according to Nemolato.
The outfit that enhanced his powers was meant to be a modified version of a comic-book mask. Unfortunately, it was removed, and we never got to see it in its entirety. Any of the glowing Doctor's costume and engineering nuances found their way through jail tattoos that have extreme Mickey Rourke-Whiplash vibes from Iron Man 2.
Although these Justice League logo patterns did not feature in Titans or Stargirls, this is not true of all of Nemolato's art, since many of his pieces contributed significantly to the on-screen roles of many DC television characters. Outside of DC, Nemolato worked on Netflix's Death Note adaptation, helping to carry the shinigami Ryuk, the film's potentially only redeeming feature, to life.
The war, as exciting as it would have been to see Hawkgirl take the shine off Dr. Light, wouldn't have lasted for long (unless the villain had Deathstroke there to assist him). On the Earth that hosts the Titans series, those two characters are down for the count, but anything can happen. Of course, Hawkgirl could join the team at some time during the show's next season, which will premiere on HBO Max later in 2021.
In the comments section below, let us know what you think of the concept art and where you'd like to see Hawkgirl next!