The Injustice series has been a dream come true for DC comics fans; allowing players to play out their dream matchups of superheroes and villains, all inside an incredibly deep, yet accessible fighter. DC mainstays such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are all but guaranteed to make playable appearances, but after the San Diego Comic-Con trailer revealed that Blue Beetle would be making his way onto the roster, the floodgates for fan speculation were opened. What other obscure characters could be making it into NetherRealm’s fighter? With what is being called “the biggest DC roster ever”, there certainly could be room for some of the characters below.
Even if he’s waned in popularity since his “Hellraiser” days, John Constantine never really goes out of style. In between a well-liked (yet cancelled) TV show and an upcoming appearance in the DC animated film Justice League Dark—, the iron is pretty hot, and NetherRealm has the perfect chance to strike. Familiar with all kinds of magic, the gameplay possibilities for this character are endless. He could be focused on buffs and debuffs, summon minions to aid him, or even be a stance character like Zatanna in the first Injustice. Any way you slice it, Constantine would make a pretty cool addition to the DC universe brawler.
Considering the inclusion of Cyborg, Raven, and Robin in the first Injustice, many fans were a bit peeved that fellow Teen Titan Starfire didn’t make it into the game. Injustice 2 is the perfect time to rectify that mistake, and make the spunky alien princess a bona fide badass. Her powers, including strength, flight, and projectile attacks, make her a shoe-in for a quality character. Depending on how she’s developed, she could easily be a rushdown character (good for getting in and doing up close combos), or a zoning character (using ranged attacks to keep enemies at bay). Either way, it would be awesome to see her included.
Look, I can’t help it if Batman just happens to have the best roster of villains. There are just so many to choose from! But beating out most of them is Pamela Isley, AKA Poison Ivy. With control over plants and the ability to affect people’s body chemistry, the possibility of seeing her in a fighting game would be mouth-watering to any fighting game fan. In my mind, she could play similarly to Shinnok in NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat X—with long-range mind control moves, and zoning combos to keep the opposing player where you want them. Ivy is already a criminally overlooked DC character, so getting in a game as big as Injustice could do wonders to boost her popularity.
Queen of Atlantis and wife of Aquaman, Mera is just the right kind of badass for a NetherRealm game. She has most recently been a key fixture in the excellent DC Bombshells comic series, which has given this underrated Queen some much-deserved attention. With abilities such as super strength and bending water to her will and, she could go toe-to-toe with Superman any day. She also falls in line with NetherRealm’s appreciable love for strong badass female characters. Of course, they would find a way to make her moves distinct from Aquaman. NetherRealm doesn’t really do clone characters.
While Jason Todd’s Red Hood is a fan favorite, his inclusion in last year’s Batman: Arkham Knight left a bad taste in the mouth. With Injustice 2, NetherRealm has a chance to turn that around. His brutal, no-holds-barred fighting style would undoubtedly work well within NetherRealm’s design philosophy (AKA make everything look painful), while his ability to use long-range weaponry could be put to good use juggling enemies and ending combos with panache. I would imagine him also using some kind of grappling similar to Takeda from MKX. It would only make sense for a former student of Batman himself.
Injustice 2 is right around the corner. Releasing in less than a year, NetherRealm Studios seems intent on taking advantage of every opportunity they can get to show off new characters. Here’s hoping they listen to the fans, and put some of these underrated heroes in at some point down the line. And even if they don’t at launch, there’s always DLC.
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