My reason for having despero as a pre installed bad guy meant we had a foundation for the story. So a last the founding members have a common ground and know each other. With superman, wonder woman, Batman, green lantern, flash, atom and language as a core team it opens it up for the others to come in.
If we say draperies happens six Weeks ago it gives the other heroes a chance to be inspired to join the team.
If you want John to join later he can.
But some people have posted in both threads so, I will do some tweekin if you don't want your chars mentioned and we can go from.there.