Five Times That Batman Quit Superhero Teams

 With a personality best described as “scary,” it is not surprising that Batman sometimes clashes with the superhero teams that he has been a member of over the years. Here, then, are five times Batman has quit a superhero team (in chronological order), along with the reasons why he left. 

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The original Justice League of America

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 As you can tell from the fact that he routinely takes the law into his own hands, Batman is not a big fan of letting procedure get in the way of justice, so he was none too pleased when the rest of the Justice League wouldn't help him when Bruce Wayne's friend and colleague, Lucius Fox, was kidnapped in the politically unstable European nation of Markovia in 1983's Batman and the Outsiders #1 (by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo). So he quit the League and went to go rescue Fox himself. Along the way, he encountered a few other superheroes in Markovia for reasons of their own. Once Fox was rescued, they decided to form their own superhero team, the Outsiders.

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The Outsiders

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 Less than three years after forming the Outsiders, Batman split from the team in 1986's Batman and the Outsiders #32 (by Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis) because he felt that they were distracting him from his main mission, which was protecting the people of Gotham City. He kept news of a war breaking out in Markovia from the rest of the team because he knew that they would want to head to Markovia and he wanted their help in Gotham. When they learned of his deceit, he dissolved the team. He did so hoping that they would decide to remain together as a team, which thet did. He just was able to continue to concentrate on Gotham while they worked on a more global scale.

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Justice League International

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Even before leaving the Outsiders, Batman had also rejoined the Justice League. He stayed with the team as it reformed as Justice League International (including a famous "one punch" incident between himself and his teammate, Guy Gardner), working along side the United Nations. In a 1988 crossover between Justice League International and Suicide Squad, concluding in Suicide Squad #13 (by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and Bob Lewis), Batman manipulates the JLI to go to the Soviet Union ostensibly to prevent the escape of the hero Nemesis, who had been captured on a recent mission to Russia alongside the secret team of United States government operatives known as the Suicide Squad (made up of criminals working for pardons and heroes with chips on their shoulders). Batman's real goal, though, was to free Nemesis himself, as the two had worked together in the past. However, the Suicide Squad then actually did show up to rescue Nemesis, leading to a confrontation between the two teams. In the aftermath, Nemesis ultimately was freed, but Justice League leader Martian Manhunter was displeased with Batman's deceit, so Batman quit the team (he was also angry at Nemesis, as Batman disapproved of the Squad and had he known Nemesis was working for them, he never would have tried to rescue him).  

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Justice League of America a second time

Batman quits before Superman reveals that he cast the deciding vote to expel Batman from the Justice League. DC Comics

In 1996, the Justice League reformed and Batman was a founding member of the new League. He eventually split from the team, though, at the end of the classic Justice League storyline “Tower of Babel” in 2000's JLA #46 (by Mark Waid, Steve Scott and Mark Propst). In this story, Batman villain Ra's Al Ghul used a horrific distraction (stealing the bodies of Batman's dead parents) to gain access to Batman's emergency plans for taking down each member of the Justice League if they ever went evil. Al Ghul then used those plans to attack the Justice League (he knew Batman would be too busy tracking down the bodies of his parents to see what was happening). Eventually, the League managed to defeat the villain but were naturally angry at Batman for his actions. The other seven members of the team voted on whether to keep Batman on the team. With the vote three for and three against, it came down to Superman. Batman, though, knowing his friend was going to vote him out, left the league before Superman had to cast his vote.

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Justice League of America a third time

After a fight at Wayne Manor with a supervillain spinning out of the events of Identity Crisis, any chance the League had of changing Batman's mind was gone. DC Comics

​Batman and his teammates made up soon after the “Tower of Babel” incident and Batman rejoined in JLA #50. However, during the “Identity Crisis” event in 2005, Batman discovered that years earlier, his fellow Leaguers had voted to essentially lobotomize one of their villains, Doctor Light, after he had sexually assaulted the wife of one of the Justice League members. While he was shocked by that revelation, he was even more shocked to discover that he had discovered their actions back when it first happened and they had wiped his memory to erase his discovery of them. So when he learned what they had done, he quit the Justice League in JLA #119 (by Geoff Johns, Allan Heinberg, Chris Batista and Mark Farmer) and the League disbanded soon after. It later reformed and, sure enough, Batman was once again a member of the team. He is currently a member of the Justice League.  

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