10 Things About The New “Injustice: Gods Among Us” Trailer

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(Posted by Charles Webb on MTV.com) I have to admit to being pretty excited about NetherRealm getting their hands on the DCU again after 2008′s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. This time around, the Mortal Kombatstudio is letting the house that Superman built shine on its own with a one-on-one brawler featuring some of the heavy hitters from the DCU.

Well, based on the trailer reveal from yesterday, as well as new details from Gamespot, plus some good, educated guesses, here are ten things to watch out for with Injustice.

 

 

 

10. The roster is made up of "power" characters and "gadget" characters

First up, NetherRealm has divided the playable characters into two classes: heavy-hitting power characters like Superman and Wonder Woman along with weapon-using gadget characters like Harley Quinn and Batman. That’s not to say the Bat will be toting a gun (although Harley certainly will); instead, these characters will use some of their tools of the trade to fight back their over-powered opponents.

9. Batman can kick Solomon Grundy through buildings

Interactive environments return here as players can smash each other into and through walls. But that’s not all…

8. Want to get the fight going your way? Throw a car at your opponent

Perhaps the most interesting thing is that players will be able to grab items from the environment to smash their opponents with. NetherRealm head Ed Boon promises that each of the characters will have different ways that they interact with those destructible, destructive objects, so expect some varied animations when Batman throws a car at you versus when Wonder Woman does.

7. The NetherRealm armored-up look isn’t too far off from the current DCU

This is one for the fans of design out there: Injustice seems to borrow the "chunky" look of the characters from Mortal Kombat while owing a bit to the armored-up look of the New DC Universe after last year’s New 52 relaunch saw many of the characters get costume changers masterminded artist Jim Lee. The new aesthetic calls for jointed armor, even for characters like Superman, with a more uniform-style look to all of the costumes.

No deep observations here, it’s just interesting to see DC bringing that look across various platforms.

 

 

 

 

6. Superman won’t be melting opponents’ faces or anything

In spite of Harley getting her gun on, Injustice is decidedly T-rated like its predecessor MK vs. DCU. The net effect is that if the Joker has a fatality similar to his last one on MK Vs DC, it’s likely to get nixed again for U.S. audiences.

5. This is the third Justice League-related fighting game

Following MK vs. DCU, and before that 1995′s Justice League Task Force which was developed by Blizzard and featured Superman during his post-death and resurrection mullet phase on the the SNES and Genesis.

4. The scribes behind the last few years of the bloody adventures of Jonah Hex are writing this

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are longtime collaborators who’ve been writing both creator-owned titles as well as stuff for both Marvel and DC over the last few years. A common thread I’ve observed with their work is a focus on more street-level action. So if I had to guess, Injustice‘s plot probably isn’t going to get too cosmic or out there.

  3. Flash villain Captain Cold is probably making an appearance

That’s my takeaway from The Flash being hit with a blast of cold in the trailer. Captain Cold is one of the speedster’s Rogues, a thief armed with a freeze ray who likes to make life difficult for the world’s fastest man. And I could be wrong, but it looks like we get a glimpse of Lex Luthor sporting some armor (or at least the chin of some guy sporting some armor, but still) as Superman was hitting an unseen opponent with the heat vision.

 

 

2. NetherRealm isn’t being stingy with the iconic DCU locations

 

I picked out the art deco architecture of Gotham City, Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, the Batcave, and what I suspect is Cadmus Labs (during the Batman/Flash fight). What other locations can we hope to see? Wonder Woman’s home of Themyscira? Atlantis? Arkham Asylum?

 

 

1. 28 Characters on the disc—there’s for DC, WB, and NetherRealm get a little weird with the remainder of the roster

 

I’m not talking about Gorila Grodd weird, I’m talking fully-mutated, giant Mr. Mind-at-the-end-of-52 weird. My own predilections for evil, mind-controlling invertebrates aside, I imagine we can look forward to the likes of Aquaman, Green Lantern, Sinestro, Green Arrow, The Joker, Deathstroke, and more to flesh out the lineup when Injustice: Gods Among Us hits shelves next year.