Warning! Spoilers ahead for Justice League #66!
In Justice League #66, the Hall of Justice is destroyed by Superman‘s toughest villain, Synmar Utopica. The Justice League has had many headquarters over the decades, with the most notable bases being the Hall of Justice and the Watchtower. In Infinite Frontier‘s world, the Justice League operates out of the Hall of Justice. Not only is it their base, but it’s also a place where citizens can take tours. By playing into the tourist attraction side of things, the League is able to generate funds to help keep things running, as they aren’t paid to be heroes.
The beginning of this issue begins in the aftermath of Synmar Utopica’s battle with the Justice League. The cosmic villain’s attack didn’t only take down most of the League’s heroes, but it completely destroyed the Hall of Justice. The sudden destruction of the Justice League’s headquarters was shocking as the base has been a topic of conversation in recent books, as Batman was no longer able to afford to maintain it and Green Arrow had to take over its funding. It being leveled is a testament to the threat of Synmar Utopica.
In Justice League #66 by Brian Michael Bendis, Phil Hester, Eric Gasptur, and Trish Mulvihill, the Hall of Justice is shown to be nothing but rubble. It’s possible that the team could rebuild the Hall just like it was, and Green Arrow certainly has the money to fund it, however, throughout this issue, it’s emphasized that the Hall of Justice is gone for good. This can be seen when Lois Lane notifies Green Arrow and Black Canary of its destruction as she shouts, “The Hall of Justice has fallen!” The cover art for the issue contains no League members, and instead just shows the Hall’s smoldering remains.
All of this heavily suggests that the Justice League is going to be moving headquarters. It seems likely that their new headquarters will be an updated version of the Watchtower, especially since Synmar Utopica’s attack endangered the citizens visiting the league’s headquarters. Building their headquarters in space would prevent civilians from being hurt if the Justice League were to be attacked again. The new base probably won’t be coming for a while, but when it does, it’d be unwise to rebuild the Hall of Justice in the exact same spot. Plus, the Watchtower is one of the coolest bases in DC’s history, so why wouldn’t they use the Hall of Justice’s destruction as an excuse to head into space?
In the previous issue, Batman emphasized the importance of not letting the Hall of Justice fall as the League’s headquarters is more than just a base for them to operate out of, it’s a symbol. With it being destroyed, it seems symbolic of the team’s lack of power when compared to Synmar Utopica. Taking down Superman‘s toughest villain is proving to be a seemingly impossible task. Synmar Utopica’s most brutal blow was him reducing the Hall of Justice to rubble, despite all the pain he has inflicted on DC’s heroes. The building’s destruction is far more terrifying than heroes being hit around to DC’s normal citizens as it proves not even the universe’s saviors are safe. Justice League #66 is available in comic book stores and on digital platforms now.