"Freedom And Security" is a story that I have been meaning to finish for an extremely long time. I've always loved the ethical concepts of superheroes. It's such an interesting topic. The concept of a real life Superman, how the public and government would react to him. Not only that, but how our real world would interact with an army of superpowered beings living above us with a gigantic space station. How safe we would really feel. That stuff has always interested me, so I opted to do a fic on it.
Major heroes include Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hawkwoman Green Arrow and the Teen Titans.
Villains include Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller and Project Cadmus, The Joker, Black Manta, Maxwell Lord, Circe and Slade.
As far as what continuity this is taking off from, well, it's actually based inside of a Superman continuity that I created. At a certain point, I had a vision of what my ideal Superman continuity would be. It's been fleshed out over the years to the point where I have an entire notepad file for my Superman that covers nearly 70 years of fictional history. It takes place within Superman's mid-30s, where he has already revealed his secret to Lois Lane.
If you've read this entire intro, I thank and applaud you for your time and patience, and now proudly present "JLA: Freedom And Security".
JLA: "Freedom And Security"
There was something sickening about it, he thought. No matter how many times he thought about it, the whole situation got worse. In front of him, Clark Kent was a witness to a wave of applause and cheering directed towards Lex Luthor.
Clark was on duty. Reporter duty, that is. He was standing, as usual, next to Lois Lane. Even in this moment where he thought things couldn't get any more disturbing, Lois had a calming effect. The same effect she's had on him for the past ten years.
"And I promise you, if you put your faith in me, I will do my very best to grant this country the freedom and security it deserves.", Lex said, his voice bellowing throughout the hall, overshadowed only by the massive cheering and clapping.
Behind Lex was a publicity poster of himself, the American flag waving behind him. It was a hard pill for anybody to swallow, especially someone who knew Lex.
And boy, did Clark know Lex. Despite how amazing Lex was at keeping his real agenda hidden from public eye, Clark had seen Lex do terrible thing. Things that he never thought the man he once called his friend, one that he even considered as close as any brother, was capable of.
"When you consider where we currently put most of our trust and security, one has to wonder just where exactly our priorities are."
That line hit Clark hardest of all, coming out as an obvious slam towards the Justice League Of America. And they all knew it. Clark sighed, looking to Lois with a look of dismay. She gave him a wink and a quick kiss on the cheek.
That was all he needed. That and to give a glance to the wedding ring on her finger. It made him smile, as it reaffirmed that he had indeed captured the heart of the most amazing woman on the planet. Even in the worst of times, it gave him hope.
"And if indeed I am elected, my goal is to make sure that when we go to bed at night, when we tuck our children into their own beds, our thoughts of peace don't rely on men in capes.", Lex finished, locking his eyes on Clark as the applause grew louder.
Lex knew the truth. He knew who was really behind those glasses. But Clark was over it. Even if Lex knew Clark Kent and Superman were one and the same, Clark knew that Lex wasn't one to share such information freely. It was power, and Lex would keep it for himself...