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The Watchtower in orbit.

The Watchtower is an orbiting satellite, and the true headquarters of the Justice League. League members are transported to the Watchtower from the Hall of Justice[1] and the Cave. The Watchtower has sensors that can detect immense energy surges on the surface of the planet,[2] but does not have any weapons systems.[3]


Early history

When the Justice League decided to secretly establish an orbital base, they turned to the Green Lantern Corps for help. They gave the League a decommissioned Green Lantern base station that had been constructed from an asteroid. Hal Jordan and John Stewart towed it into Earth's orbit, and the station was modified to suit the League's needs, including the installation of Zeta-Tubes.[4] The League started operating out of the Watchtower after their base in Mount Justice was compromised. Its existence has been kept from public knowledge,[1] with the aid of cloaking capabilities.[4]


The Watchtower
November 25, 06:54 EST

The Justice League convened a meeting to discuss the possibility of admitting additional members to the League.[5]

The Watchtower
December 30, 23:46 EST

After being enslaved by the Light's mind control, the Justice League welcomed Vandal Savage aboard the Watchtower with a silent kneel of obedience.[6] As Vandal gloated, Red Arrow slipped away in the Zeta-Tube.[7]

The Watchtower
December 31, 23:16 EST

With the Light still in control of the Justice League, the Team had to infiltrate the satellite via another way. They used the Bio-Ship, and via a makeshift dock, entered. With the help of cure-tech, they negated the effects of the Starro-tech.

The Team celebrated the new year aboard the Watchtower and discussed the past events with the League.[7]


The Watchtower
December 1, 10:29 EST

Martian Manhunter and Red Tornado monitored the disappearance of several heroes, and held a conference with Mal Duncan and Nightwing about it.[8]

The Watchtower
December 1, 14:00 EST

Red Tornado informed Atom of the whereabouts of the League members who hadn't responded to the emergency in Metropolis.[9]

The Watchtower
December 1, 16:55 EST

Red Tornado contacts Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow and Black Canary to give them an update on the current crisis.[10]


The Watchtower
January 3, 17:08 EST

In the Watchtower, John Stewart explained about Lobo and the Kroloteans. Adam Strange explained about Rann and showed a tech which traces Kroloteans. Nightwing decided that the Team went after the remaining Kroloteans and investigate on Rann.

The Watchtower
February 13, 21:50 EST

Captain Atom, Black Lightning, Doctor Fate and Zatanna watched the activation of the Zeta-Shield from the Watchtower's observation deck.[11]

The Watchtower
post-February 20, 03:24 EST

Batgirl presented recordings of the walls of an ancient Bialyan temple to Doctor Fate, Zatanna, Robin and Nightwing. Fate translated the hieroglyphics, revealing an ancient ritual to cleanse a scarab.[12]

Following the destruction of Mount Justice and its memorial grotto on March 23, a memorial grotto was set up on the Watchtower.[13]

The Watchtower
March 31, 06:40 EDT

Captain Atom and Aquaman discussed the Reach's presence on Earth with Nightwing over a video connection.[14]

The Watchtower
May 23, 21:21 EDT

Captain Atom briefed Nightwing, Superboy, Black Canary and Aquaman on an object headed for Earth detected by the Watchtower's sensors.[15]

The Watchtower
May 26, 06:59 EDT

Captain Atom hailed the Warworld to attempt negotiations, to no avail. Aquaman and Nightwing monitored from the Watchtower as Captain Atom joined other Leaguers in a frontal assault on the Warworld, while the Team infiltrated the vessel.[15]

The Watchtower
May 26, post-07:35 EDT

After the Warworld launched a saturation missile attack, Aquaman used the Watchtower's systems to estimate the effectiveness of Earth militaries' defenses.

Nightwing congratulated the Team from the Watchtower after they succeeded in disabling the Warworld.[15]

The Watchtower
June 19, 05:24 EDT

Following a successful mission, Nightwing officially handed command of the Team back to Aqualad. Shortly after, a boom tube opened, depositing the unconscious bodies of Leaguers who had been guarding the Warworld's key chamber.[16]

The Watchtower
June 20, 07:16 EDT

Captain Atom, Nightwing, Blue Beetle, Aqualad and the Atom discussed the "natural" disasters caused by the Reach's Magnetic Field Disruptors. Lex Luthor contacted the Watchtower using UN Secretary Tseng's frequency with a plan to disable them.[17]

The Watchtower
June 20, post-08:16 EDT

Lucas Carr coordinated the twenty squads of heroes as they simultaneously attacked and disabled twenty MFDs. By the time all twenty MFDs were down, several heroes had returned to the Watchtower, including Kid Flash. When Blue Beetle reported detecting a twenty-first MFD at the North Magnetic Pole, and Flash and Impulse reported it to have already gone chrysalis, Kid Flash zeta-ed out to help.[17]

The Watchtower
July 4, 21:16 EDT

In the mission room, several Leaguers watched G. Gordon Godfrey's report on Secretary Tseng's resignation and Godfrey's proposal of Lex Luthor as his successor. Captain Atom turned over the chairmanship of the League to Black Canary. Nightwing informed Aqualad of his decision to take a leave of absence from the Team.

In the memorial garden, Tigress and Kid Flash discussed their new identities, Robin and Wonder Girl welcomed Static to the Team, and Miss Martian and Superboy talked about Tim and Cassie's new relationship. The discussions were interrupted when Aqualad summoned everyone to the mission room.

Batman informed the assembled Team that they would now operate out of the Watchtower alongside the League. The Leaguers left them to carry on, and Aqualad handed out mission assignments.[17]

The Watchtower
August 08, 16:16 EDT

Batgirl briefed Beast Boy, Miss Martian and Superboy on their new mission, investigating what Psimon was doing back in the US.[18]


The Watchtower
July 27, 19:57 EDT

At a Justice League meeting, Batman and Green Arrow, as well as several others, walk out of the League in protest over tighter United Nations regulation. They take their protegés with them. Black Lightning resigns for personal reasons.[19]

The Watchtower
August 04, 12:33 EDT

Wonder Girl was talking to Robin on the phone when she and Static received an alert for a Team mission from Miss Martian.[20]

The Watchtower
October 12, 07:56 EDT

Steel contacted Silas Stone at STAR Labs Detroit to inform him he was to receive a Fatherbox for study.[21]

The Watchtower
November 06, 14:59 EST

Miss Martian welcomed new members Halo, Geo-Force, Forager and Terra to the Team, as well as welcoming back Tigress, Superboy and Beast Boy.[22]

The Watchtower
November 16, 21:21 EST

Aquaman briefed the Team on their upcoming mission to investigate a suspected meta-trafficking site in Russia.[23]

The Watchtower
December 04, 19:09 EST

Beast Boy called a meeting of the Team and Aquaman to announce the formation of a new public team of young heroes.[24]

The Watchtower
December 21, 10:12 EST

Zatanna discussed the Outsiders' latest mission against Klarion in Santiago de Cuba with Aquaman, and insisted on helping them.[25]


The Watchtower
February 15, 18:32 EST

Black Canary and Red Tornado watched news reports on the ongoing coup in Markovia.[26]

The Watchtower
February 24, 19:00 EST

The Justice League, the Team, the Outsiders and Batman's team met at Nightwing's request. After he officially revealed the activities of the "Anti-Light" and its members resigned from their leadership positions, Black Lightning was elected as the League's new leader.[26]

The Watchtower
February 27, 23:23 EST

Black Lightning smiled as he looked out of a Watchtower window.[26]


The Watchtower
March 22, Unknown EDT

Superman was in contact with the Science Center in Ma'aleca'andra as they prepared to test their new Zeta-Tube.[27]

The Watchtower
March 23, 01:28 EDT

Superman and Cyborg had lost contact with Mars following the destruction of their Zeta-Tube. Martian Manhunter had arrived safely on the Watchtower and deduced that something wrong had occurred. Manhunter requested for Cyborg to boom tube them to Mars, but without a signal, it would be too dangerous. Superman contacts Steel to bring the Javelin. Em'ree J'onzz contacts the Watchtower, relieved to learn her uncle is alright and informs the Leaguers of the explosion. Cyborg attempts to lock on to their signal until their connection is cut off by the destruction of the M'arzz-Earth Communications Satellite. Steel informs them the Javelin won't be arriving back for a few days. Martian Manhunter realizes that M'gann, Conner and Garfield are on their own to deal with the mystery.[28]

The Watchtower
March 24, Unknown UTC

Superman was relaxing in the gardens of the Watchtower and spoke to Lois on the phone. He assured his trust in Conner, M'gann and Garfield to handle the current troubles on Mars and reassured that himself and Martian Manhunter would soon be joining to help them. He also expressed hope they might make in time for Conner and M'gann's wedding. The discussion moved on to their son, Jonny Kent who was having difficulty potty training and began to shows of developing Kryptonian powers. Superman became frantic when Jonny began to cry and Lois claimed his eyes were glowing red, but could not confirm when the call was cut off. Superman asked Cyborg to open a boom tube.[29]

The Watchtower
April 18, 03:11 EDT

In the weeks following Superboy's death, a hologram of him has been placed in the memorial garden beside Kid Flash. Artemis stands before the holograms of Wally and Conner, silently mourning the loss of her fallen friend.[30]

The Watchtower
April 19, 21:17 PDT

Dick and Kaldur visited Conner's memorial. Kaldur began to express his grief, admitting he still had trouble coming to terms with Conner's death in spite of everything they've done to honor him. Dick tried to convince Kaldur to give himself a break, realizing he never gave himself the chance to grieve Wally or Tula's deaths and instead has always been the rock holding everyone together. Kaldur refused, assuring he will be fine, and left the grotto to prepare for the upcoming conference in Poseidonis.[31]

The Watchtower
May 15, Unknown EDT

Black Canary had a therapy session with Zatara, discussing his time trapped inside the Helmet of Fate for the last decade. Zatara tried to assure that his faith in God and his daughter is what kept him alive, until he finally broke down and cries with Canary comforting him.[32]

The Watchtower
July 4, Unknown EDT

Canary spoke with Kaldur in the memorial garden. Kaldur admitted he needed to come to terms with the deaths of his Teammates over the years, for which he felt responsible as a founder of the Team.[33]

On or around August 26, Superman and Black Lightning met on the Watchtower to discuss possible recruits for the Justice League reserves.[34]

The Watchtower
September 5, 20:56 EDT

Tigress, Nightwing and Zatanna discovered several pieces of equipment had gone missing and after reviewing the security footage, they had learned Kid Flash was responsible for taking them.[35]

The Watchtower
September 13, 17:38 EDT

Miss Martian arrived at Black Lightning's request to make psychic contact with the Kaizer-Thrall, learning he is meta-human trafficking victim, Danny Chase. Prince J'emm J'axx contacted them shortly after, revealing that Superboy may still be alive. The Watchtower was moved above the Zeta-Shield to allow J'emm and Phantom Girl to Zeta aboard. Phantom Girl was introduced and explained how she saved Superboy and accidentally sent them both to the Phantom Zone, including how Superboy has fallen under the influence of Dru-Zod. The group hatched a plan to rescue Superboy with help from Orion.[36]

The Watchtower
November 09, 21:07 PST

Black Lightning participated in a leadership meeting about Perdita Vladek's abduction, where King Brion barred the League from entering Markovia. Later, Tigress sent the Team's Beta Squad, led by Nightwing, out as part of the rescue effort.[37]


Background information

  • The first JLA base to use the name "Watchtower" was built on the moon's surface during the Grant Morrison run of the JLA series. Earlier bases in Earth's orbit were called the Justice League Satellite; they returned to a satellite after Infinite Crisis.
  • This marks the fifth animated appearance of the Watchtower. It appeared in the DCAU, there were two: one in Justice League (which was destroyed in the finale) and a new model in Justice League Unlimited. It also appeared in The Batman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Batman: The Brave and the Bold


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