If you were alive over the past week or so, which I assume you were if you can read this, then there is no possible way that you missed the big story: The release of the mega-blockbuster Batman v Superman. The movie is dominating the newswire, and usually not for great reasons as it was universally panned, although still took in $254 million worldwide in its opening weekend. But we aren’t here to talk Battfleck. We’re here to commit graphic design blasphemy.
Superheroes are the flavor of the now, and basketball is in full swing with March Madness and the NBA season approaching the playoffs. We could have done this with the NFL logos, but the NFL is doing that stupid here is my mock draft version 67.5 thing right now and baseball hasn’t started yet. So let’s go with the NBA logos. The NBA is full of superheroes anyway (Steph Curry). Plus Supervillians (Dwight Howard, does anybody like Dwight Howard?). And those conflicted Supermen who can’t decide what side they are on (LeBron, dude, what are you doing anymore?).
This list is entirely superheroes, not villains, even if a few of them trend to the “darker” side of things. No Thanos or Magnetos here. It’s also not exclusive to DC Comics, since there really aren’t 30 different DC superheroes worth using. Nobody is going to know who Atomic Knight is. (I didn’t, I Googled a list of DC superheroes and found a name I didn’t know. And I’m a nerd.) I’d like to say there was a big connection between which hero was chosen for which team, but there wasn’t. Some of them are obvious, some not so much. The reasoning will be explained as we go.