Super-Villains Play A Big Role in Injustice 2

The new trailer for Injustice 2 really does the video game, well, a lot of justice. Fans of D.C. Comics are going to really love this game. The game is filled with many top heroes and villains from current movie and television projects featuring D.C. characters.


Cool heroes such as Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are present, but it is the villains who really steal the spotlight in the trailer.


Back in the 1970’s, D.C. Comics gave The Joker his own comic book. While the writing was solid, the book didn’t sell. Comic book fans simply were not ready to accept a book with a villain featured so prominently. All that has changed now that fans of comic books and related movies and video games find many villainous characters intriguing. Adding more depth to various classic villains has paid off.


And then there is another factor in the mix. Some video game players really love being villains themselves. Anyone who really cheers for the bad guys has a lot to cheer about after checking out this trailer.


Gorilla Grodd opens up the trailer and he thrashes both The Green Lantern and The Flash. Grodd was a character unknown to the mainstream for years. The brilliant villain was made famous to large audiences on The Flash TV show. His presence on the video game should really move sales. Grodd is an awesome bad guy.


The same can be said of the menacing Bane, a character that debuted in one of the all-time most famous Batman story arcs in The Dark Knight’s history. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the powerful anarchist in The Dark Knight Rises absolutely cemented Bane’s pop culture legacy. Bane truly looks incredibly tough in the trailer for Injustice 2. The character loses none of his trademark menaces.


Villains really do need to be formidable in order to be successful with fans. Incredibly powerful villains are not pushovers. While heroes always win out in the comics and the movies, such may not be the case in a video game. Players really need to perform at their best in order to win. Beating the bad guys of Injustice 2 absolutely won’t be easy.


Injustice 2: Announcement Trailer

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given Warner Bros. renewed focus on the Justice League in the years since the first “Injustice” videogame was released, a sequel was recently announced with a moody little teaser trailer.
With a voice-over from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston (here reportedly playing Lex Luthor), we get to see the major heroes of the DC universe finding yet another reason to fight one another.
This time, there is apparently an emphasis on personalizing each of your characters as you progress through the game. With a variety of armor options, it would seem that developers Netherrealm Studios are seeking to integrate buffs and gameplay variables more organically into the base game.
The first “Injustice” game, as well as subsequent “Mortal Kombat” entries provide some context for their approach here. Adding modifiers to match types and characters has been a part of fighting games for over two decades, but online play has opened up far greater options for engaging players. Tying these modifiers to unique “gear” is a great way to provide players an extra sense of ownership over their avatar, while genuinely expanding the possibilities of each match.
True, this will undoubtedly be a difficult balancing task, and there are certain combinations that will inevitably stand out to players. However, this is one area where Netherrealm has shown particular skill in recent years.
The fighting game community was, to put it kindly, reluctant to see much value in the original “Injustice.” Same with “Mortal Kombat 9.” And yet, the developers have adapted their wealth of experience to this new age of gaming in a way that even strict fanatics have come to respect and enjoy. It’s encouraging to see that evolution given such literal weight in this new trailer.
“Injustice 2: Subtitle Pending” will be released in 2017.