The Justice Lords are fictional anti-hero who first appeared in the two-part Justice League episode, "A Better World" (airdate November 1, 2003).
The Justice Lords are an alternate version of the Justice League from a parallel Earth. The roster of the Justice Lords was the same as the original DCAU Justice League — an alternate Batman, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman — with the exception of The Flash, because their Flash has been killed.
The Justice Lords' world diverged from that of the Justice League when their Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States. The Flash was executed personally by Luthor for unknown reasons, and Luthor's policies eventually resulted in the country "being on the brink of a war that could destroy the whole planet". The alternate Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman decided to try and stop the impending war, storming the White House and confronting President Luthor, who had been reduced to a somewhat unstable leader. After Luthor goaded the alternate Superman, that no matter how many times Superman sent him to prison Luthor would find a way back into power all over again in an unending cycle, Superman decided he could no longer let the cycle continue if that was the consequence, targeted Luthor with heat vision and killed him. This decision led to far-reaching consequences, as Superman decided he liked this new brand of "justice". Soon, the other Lords lost faith in humanity's ability to do what was right, as well as their own moral compasses.
The initial act of staging a coup eventually led to the Justice Lords taking over the world's governments and ruling with an iron fist with the intentions of creating a true utopia. Using their satellite base for global surveillance, the Justice Lords went on to suppress elements of free speech to prevent public disloyalty, outlaw election to keep their power, and eliminate all crime by lobotomizing all criminals and supervillain. However, this act was stretched to even the smallest disturbances (to the point of having a man arrested for complaining about the food quality and incorrect calculation of cost at a restaurant). Although they justified their behavior to the masses as "temporary," and to each other as for the good of the people, it amounted to tyranny in the eyes of the Justice League.
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