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Batman may (usually) be a founding & perennial member of the Justice League, but the Dark Knight's loner nature can overpower whatever bonds he has with his super-powered teammates, resulting in him quitting the League then returning to either his solo hero status or joining a new team.
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This is a chronological countdown of all the times Batman has quit the Justice League, both in the comics and adapted stories in other mediums, along with the circumstances which led him to that decision. As foundational as Batman is to the Justice League, he's not always compatible with DC's greatest superheroes.
Batman & The Outsiders
The first time Batman left the League was recounted in the first two issues of the series Batman & The Outsiders, published in 1983, written by Mike Barr, and illustrated by Jim Aparo. In these two issues, Wayne Enterprises President Lucius Fox is abducted in the nation of Markovia and Batman goes to the Justice League for help in rescuing Fox, only for his fellow heroes to refuse on account of the diplomatic implications of such a move. Outraged at the League's bowing to red-tape, Batman resigns in anger and recruits a new group of heroes to rescue Fox.
This team, consisting of Black Lightning, Katana, Metamorpho, Halo, and Geo-Force, became known as The Outsiders. Batman remained a part of the Outsiders as the team leader for the first 32 issues before departing; even after Batman was gone, the Outsiders remained together (the original series rebranded as Adventures of the Outsiders) and have become a DC Universe staple, with Batman having a similarly on-and-off membership on the team that he does with the Justice League.
"Tower Of Babel"
Batman's next major exodus from the JL occurred in the JLA arc "Tower Of Babel," published in the aforementioned series' issues #43-46, scripted by Mark Waid with pencilling by Howard Porter & Steve Scott. However, the circumstances of his departure weren't as voluntary as when he quit back during Batman & The Outsiders. In "Tower Of Babel," it's revealed that Batman, ever the paranoiac, had used his first-hand knowledge of the League's individual weaknesses to develop contingency plans against all his teammates in the event any of them turned rogue.
These plans then fall into the hands of Ra's Al Ghul thanks to his daughter Talia, who puts the plans into actions with near-lethal consequences for the League. Once they foil the Demon's Head, the JL votes whether or not to expel Batman – the vote comes down to 4-3 against the Dark Knight (Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, & Plastic Man voting against, while Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter vote in his favor), but in the story's final panel, it's revealed that Batman had predicted which way the vote would come down and didn't stick around to here the verdict.
DC Animated Universe
Like his comic counterpart, the DCAU Batman was one of the seven founding members of the Justice League, but that didn't prevent his time with the team from coming to an end. Here, however, Batman's departure from the League was not a premature resignation, but rather a retirement. In the DCAU circa 2019, an aged Bruce Wayne suffered a heart attack against criminals he would've handled with ease decades ago.
Grabbing a discarded handgun in a fit of desperation, Batman escaped with his life, but not his self-respect, and so hung up the cowl from then-on-out, leaving all aspects of his vigilante life, the JL included, behind. It seems that the Justice League can't last without a Batman any more than Gotham City itself can, since soon after Terry McGinnis picked up the first Dark Knight's mantle, he was recruited by Superman into the Justice League, of which he eventually became a permanent member.
Justice League: Doom
Animated film Justice League: Doom is a (loose) adaptation of "Tower Of Babel;" the story still ends with Batman breaking off from the League, but the circumstances of his departure are different and a good deal less bitter than they were in the comic arc. Here, the Justice League never gets a chance to properly vote on whether Batman should be acquitted or expelled – he voluntarily resigns, appalled by his teammates refusing to understand why he made the contingencies or recognize the danger that a rogue Justice League would pose. Before Batman departs the Watchtower for the last time, however, Superman offers a token of understanding and trust by giving his friend a Kryptonite bullet, with the implicit promise to use it should Superman ever become a threat to humanity.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Injustice is one case where Batman quitting the Justice League was an unambiguously good thing. After The Joker of a parallel Earth manipulates his world's Superman into both killing a pregnant Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis, Superman kills the Clown then brings humanity under his heel, ruling the fascist "One Earth" regime with most of the former Justice League as his lieutenants.
Unlike most of his teammates, Batman opposes Superman and forms a rebellion called "the Insurgency," a rebellion which eventually allies with the Prime reality's Justice League to topple the Regime after some members of the former are transported to the Regime's universe.
Throughout the first two seasons of Young Justice, Batman was one of the most prominent members of the Justice League (makes sense, since it's his protege/adopted son who's arguably the series' main character), but in the premiere of the series' third season, Outsiders, he organizes a mass resignation of himself and six other heroes (Green Arrow, Katana, Metamorpho, Plastic Man, Batwoman, and Hardware) after concluding the League, bound by a United Nations charter helmed by UN General Secretary Lex Luthor, is no longer capable of fulfilling the mission it was founded to. As one might've gathered from the season's subtitle, the identity of Batman's compatriots in resignation, and political motivations for leaving, draws heavily from the original resignation featured in Batman & The Outsiders.
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