This May, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released their follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Injustice: Gods Among Us in the form of new DC fighting video game, Injustice 2. For months, promotional material has been hitting the internet with a slew of gameplay videos and an in-depth look at the storyline.
Taking place after the events of the first game, players will follow Batman’s journey, as he attempts to rebuild and restore society following the huge and catastrophic effects of Superman’s infamous regime. Of course, nothing is ever that simple in the DC Universe and it’s not long before new threats present themselves and threaten the peace that the Dark Knight is hoping to bring to the world.
Now that the game’s main roster and first DLC pack has been fully revealed, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the biggest characters who missed out on a slot and, believe us when we say, some of them are monumental. Here are 15 Characters We Can’t Believe Aren’t In Injustice 2.
Since his addition to Injustice in the Gods Among Us DLC, fans assumed that they’d see Lobo once again in the main roster for Injustice 2.
Having slaughtered the rest of his kind, Lobo is the last Czarnian in existence and serves as a bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. He’s a perfect character for a game like this, with a bloodlust that can never be fully quenched.
His fighting style in Gods Among Us is brutal, with the assassin using every weapon at his disposal to put his opponent down. Whether it is with a shotgun to the gut, a chain and hook to pull them closer, or the sheer strength of his fists, Lobo instils a fear in his opponents like no other character. It’s a shame we won’t be seeing more of him in this year’s release.
Batwoman is currently enjoying the spotlight thanks to her re-emergence in DC Comics’ reborn Detective Comics series, which has led to her own series. The reason why she wasn't given a slot in the Injustice 2 roster is a mystery.
Like Midnighter, Batwoman is a brilliant representative of the LGBTQ+ community, so it’s a shame to see neither of them represented in the game. Of course, being a part of the Batman Family, she doesn’t have any superpowers to speak of. However, she could have been turned into an efficient and prolific brawler if given a chance, instead of just using a variety of gadgets to gain the upper hand.
Though there are a number of strong females available on the current Injustice 2 list, adding Batwoman would have only improved the selection.
13 Martian Manhunter
Though he was killed by Superman and Wonder Woman in the comic books, which served as a prequel to the events of the original Gods Among Us game, it would have been amazing if Martian Manhunter was a playable character in Injustice 2.
He could have at least been used as an alternate skin for a new character or added for action, away from the campaign mode. He’s been name-dropped in the Injustice 2 story and was a part of DLC for the original game, so to see him snubbed here is truly disheartening.
Looking at the other extra-terrestrial beings available for play in the game, one might assume that the developers decided not to overdo it. Still, we miss J’onn J’onzz, and hope developers have a surprise up their sleeves for the future DLC.
With the Justice League and Aquaman on the horizon, it's hard to believe that developers didn't take this opportunity to promote the Queen of Atlantis to a wider audience via Injustice 2. Despite her presence in the Gods Among Us comic series, we've hardly seen the bronze-haired heroine in action.
One of Mera’s most unique abilities is her talent of forming "hard water" objects, which could have resulted in some very interesting fight styles in Injustice 2. She also has super strength, which means she could face-off against of of the game's more brutish characters. Furthermore, a power move could have easily been adapted out of her ability to control huge amounts of water.
When developers decided to exclude Mera from Injustice 2 they made a huge mistake.
11 Booster Gold
Ripped straight from the future, Booster Gold is a man who gains abilities from a selection of stolen equipment from the Metropolis Space Museum. With super strength, the ability to fly, and augmented vision, he is a character who could've added a lot to Injustice 2. Especially since he's also got a remarkable personality and sense of humor.
Due to the fact that his first appearance was in 1986, there’s a wealth of material to draw back on which could have worked its way into the Injustice 2 story. Greg Berlanti is also pouring over Booster Gold material for a potential movie, so adding him to Injustice 2 could have been the perfect opportunity to increase the character’s fan base.
He's also one of the more light-hearted characters in the DC Universe, which means he might have brought another layer of fun and excitement to fights in Injustice 2.
10 Mirror Master
As a member of the infamous Rogues Gallery, Mirror Master is a super-villain on the rise. He entertained comic book readers for over half a century and appeared in the most-recent season of The Flash. He's a character who deserves a lot more attention, especially in video games.
His wide variety of abilities include using mirrors to hypnotise opponents, travelling to other dimensions, and knocking out enemies with his trusty laser pistol, which was introduced by Evan McCulloch. If given the opportunity in Injustice 2, Mirror Master could have attacked at full force.
He already appeared in the Injustice comic books and made a cameo in Gods Among Us, which means his existence in this universe has been confirmed. His Rogues partner, Captain Cold, took a place on Injustice 2’s main roster, so it’s a shame he wasn't also able to snatch a slot.
Serving as a major force in Batman’s Insurgency throughout the Gods Among Us comic book series, it’s shocking that Huntress hasn’t yet been called up to join either the original game or the new sequel’s fighting roster. Especially considering her popularity in the Arrow series.
As one of the most talented martial artists in the DC Universe, Huntress utilizes her incredible gymnastic and athletic skills to get the better of her opponents. She also isn't afraid to bring her crossbow and bo-staff into the mix. Similar to the Caped Crusader, she has a variety of different gadgets at her disposal.
Huntress would have brought more credibility to the female section of the Injustice 2 gallery. Hopefully developers have some plans for her in the future, because the way she’s been treated so far is criminal.
Though he was killed off in the Gods Among Us comic book series, it would have certainly been a joy to see Bizarro in Injustice 2. He’s never been a part of the game series, instead only appearing within comics. Perhaps this is due to many fans viewing him as too similar to Superman, but other fans disagree, and believe he would have been a perfect fit on Injustice 2's roster.
Bizarro is known for his clumsy actions and rash decisions, so his special moves and ultimate power ability could have been extremely entertaining. He is the one who accidentally kills the Rogues Gallery member, the Trickster, by dropping him mid-flight, because he wants to cover his mouth when he sneezes. We’re sure the game’s developers could have cooked up something special just for him.
As one of Batman’s most dangerous adversaries, Clayface has the ability to shift into anyone or anything, making him extremely tricky to track down. Unsurprisingly, with a body composed entirely of clay, the villain is able to morph and reshape into any form with ease, which allows him to make weapons from his body.
In the world of Injustice, Clayface was a main character in Superman’s regime, but was eventually captured and stunned by the Birds of Prey. His body was then divided up and placed into a series of glass jars by Harley Quinn. Though he was no longer able to morph, Clayface could have easily been set free by the evil forces that are at play in the Injustice 2 storyline.
Unfortunately the developers decided to go in a different direction, so for the time being Clayface remains a thing of the past.
6 Big Barda
The only mention that Big Barda has had in Injustice has been as a support card in the mobile version of the Gods Among Us game and an appearance in Darkseid’s special move. Now that Darkseid has made his way up to the full game’s main roster, fans hoped that we might finally get a chance to see more of this super-heroine.
Barda's relevance within the DC Universe has been slowly dwindling, with her last appearance being only a fleeting one in the New 52 comics reboot. Fans had hoped that this would change, and that her inclusion in Injustice 2 would bring her back into the spotlight.
Hopefully in the future her character will gain more prominence in the comics and perhaps get a chance to star in one of the DLCs.
As one of the most violent vigilantes in action, Midnighter would have been the perfect fit for the Injustice world, especially with Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm Studios on board. Unfortunately, since Injustice 2 is a title aimed at younger audiences, a lot of censoring would be needed to include his character.
Though he’s been compared with Batman in the past, Midnighter has no trouble killing his opponents. He’s willing to do the unthinkable if anybody harms those he loves, such as his husband Apollo, and has a genuine love for combat.
If he’s ever brought to Injustice, his ability to predict the attacks of his opponents would have to be toned down in order to create a fair fight. As for a power move, what would be a better attack than to have Apollo appear for a double-team take down?
So far in the Injustice universe, we’ve only ever seen Penguin as a cameo character in the Arkham Asylum level in Gods Among Us and as a feature in one of Shazam’s S.T.A.R. Labs Missions. Since he has proved that he's still apt at using a trick umbrella to take opponents down, his addition would have added a lot of creativity to he game play.
While he’s of the stockier build, that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be able to hold his own in a fight against some of the more mobile characters. Ranged characters are often underestimated in fighting games of this type.
Whilst we couldn’t realistically see Penguin doing backflips through the air and landing perfect kicks, we’re sure the game’s developers could have worked their magic and created an utterly unique experience for fans who want to play as one of DC’s most recognizable villains.
Though this is a choice that may seem a little out of the box for anybody who hasn’t read the Injustice comics series, John Constantine should have been a candidate for the game's sequel.
He has already been a part of the action and was heavily involved in the events of Year Three. When readers last saw him, he had sent Superman into a rage, which is certainly a rivalry we would have liked to see re-ignited in Injustice 2.
To many fans Constantine is just an average man, but what his adversaries fail to realize is that he has some supernatural talents, as well as the ability to call on the occult in times of need. There’s nobody quite like Constantine available on the current roster, so his spell-weaving and magical ways would have been a welcome addition to the gameplay. Plus, his British accent and regional humor would have been a big bonus.
2 The Riddler
The Riddler is without a doubt one of the most popular villains in the DC Universe, even moreso following Cory Michael Smith’s portrayal of the character in the Gotham series. In video games of the past, such as the critically-acclaimed Arkham series, the Riddler has taken somewhat of a backseat when it comes to the overriding storyline.
Fans would have loved to have seen him weaved directly into the storyline in Injustice 2, especially following his cameo appearance in Gods Among Us in the Arkham Asylum stage. If given the opportunity, the Riddler would excel at beating up opponents with the help of his fellow stooges.
With his genius level of intelligence and his wicked escapology skills, he could more than hold his own on the battlefield. It's disappointing that we can't see his cane being put to good use in this new installment.
By far the most shockingly dismissed character is Batgirl. Installing her into Injustice 2 would have been the perfect opportunity to promote her character, especially since she has a solo movie on the way.
All indications before the game's release pointed to her being a part of the roster. One of Harley Quinn’s introduction speeches implied that Barbara Gordan would be making an appearance as the heroine (because of the connection via the Gotham City Sirens).
At this point however there’s been no further talk of her addition. While there’s still a DLC to come in the next few months, many fans believe that her inclusion would have already been mentioned. With this being said, once the game’s been on sale for a few months, there would be no better way to get fans gossiping than by bringing in another member of the Batman Family.
Are you happy with the Injustice 2's final roster? Which members of the DC Universe would you have liked to battle with? Let us know in the comments!