The CW’s big DC TV superhero crossover has finally come to a close and while there were many things for fans to love one new item stood out – the Hall of Justice. Or should I say the S.T.A.R. Labs “hangar thing.” Thinking about this rather large site made me wonder, is Barry Allen swimming in cash? And if so, where is all that money actually coming from?
While Legends of Tomorrow was the final installement of the “Heroes v Aliens” four-show crossover, it was actually very Barry/Flash heavy. Which was sort of appropriate since, well, this whole Dominator invasion turned out to be all his fault. But putting that aside, in the first part of the crossover in The Flash (we really can’t count that Supergirl episode), we were introduced to something brand new in Central City (for viewers anyway, since apparently this thing has just been sitting in the middle of nowhere).
That entirely fake building should be familiar to fans of DC Comics and Saturday morning cartoons of yore as it’s the spitting image of the Hall of Justice from Super Friends lore. The building has served as a base of operations for the team, and later the Justice League, as well as acting as a museum and was eventually depicted in the comics themselves. The Hall has also appeared on the animated series Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Teen Titans, and more, sometimes going under a different name but serving the same purpose. Here’s how it was introduced on The Flash:
Thea: What is this place?
Barry: It’s this old hall, hangar, thing that S.T.A.R. Labs owns. Or I guess, I own it.
Thea: Well you should do something with it.
We’re meant to believe that enormous property is the front of the same location as this actual hangar they used for a set but we’ll suspend disbelief.
I love how Barry just casually drops that he owns the place. In all honesty, I’d forgotten he actually owns all of S.T.A.R. Labs. In the first episode of Season 2, “The Man Who Saved Central City,” Harrison Wells (the then-disguised Eobard Thawne) bequeathed S.T.A.R. Labs to Barry in his video (which is probably also a legal will as a lawyer delivered the video). That was the same video in which he really screwed with Barry’s head, confessed to the murder of Barry’s mother, and basically told him his life sucks. It was really weird but I quickly forgot about the S.T.A.R. Labs ownership and it seems the creators did too because we hadn’t really heard a peep about it since. And that presents a slight problem…
How is Team Flash paying their rent?
We’ve known since the start of the series that S.T.A.R. Labs wasn’t in great financial shape. Since the particle accelerator explosion, much of the facility was shut down (because it was a class-four hazardous location) and the company was going into bankruptcy. Since then, as far as we know, the building has only been used as Team Flash home base and a meta-human prison, neither of which generates money. We also know there’s another research facility in Central City, Mercury Labs, which does similar work. So even if anyone needed scientific research, S.T.A.R. Labs likely wouldn’t be their first choice.