The 2013 video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was both a success and a compelling, dark, alternate-reality take on the DC Universe (before people applied those same terms to the DC Extended Universe on the big screen, too). It came as no surprise, then, that a sequel, appropriately named Injustice 2, was announced just last month.
So far, very little has been revealed about the game (not surprising, given the proximity of the first announcement): we only know a little bit about its gameplay and characters, which include returning favorites Superman, Batman, and Aquaman, along with brand-new entrants Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Supergirl (which we’re sure represents something of a piggybacking off of the current Flash and Supergirl television shows). But prepare to know more – and soon.
Since the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is now upon us, Injustice 2’s director, Ed Boon (who also doubles as the famous co-creator of Mortal Kombat), has taken to Twitter to reveal that a panel devoted to the game will unveil the next two playable characters:
Assuming that the developers wouldn’t take a splendid opportunity like SDCC to simply reveal characters that were in the previous game (if they do, however, our money will be on the Joker or Harley Quinn, given Suicide Squad’s imminent release), we’re forced to conclude that these will be all-new fighters in the Injustice universe, and that they will more than likely consist of members of either Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Killer Croc, and/or Katana seem like a lock, given their iconic nature and possibilities for slick fighting moves) or the Legends of Tomorrow cast (Black Canary, Hawkman, and Firestorm would do nicely, we think).
Indeed, given the game’s Mortal Kombat lineage and the critical response of its predecessor, the enjoyment of Injustice 2 as a piece of software is more-or-less assured, making its status as a possible tie-in member of Warner Bros.’s ever-growing DC multimedia empire more noteworthy. Since the first Injustice’s debut, both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have hit the scene, establishing the DCEU, while the DC television pantheon continues to expand and the comics are right now going through something of a rebirth. Since Marvel and its parent company, Disney, have yet to really cash in on the unprecedented success of its Marvel Cinematic Universe in the medium of videogames, Warners can really blaze the trail here.
Then again, given just how controversial the feature film meta-franchise continues to be, it might be smart for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to chart its own course – much as the highly popular Batman: Arkham Ayslum series has done – rather than try to more deliberately attempt to take a seat at the bigger DC table. WB executives and its filmmakers continue to proclaim the superiority of their approach to the shared universal model, after all – this would simply be putting icing on the meta cake.
Injustice 2 is slated for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.
Source: Ed Boon
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