If you’ve ever wanted to see Cyborg take on Namor in the Fortress of Solitude in a Mortal Kombat-style brawl, well, look no further.
Netherrealm Studios’ Injustice: Gods Among Us takes the A-list of the DC heroes and villains parthenon and sets them against each other one-on-one. I was lucky enough to play a demo of the game at the recent Middle East Film and Comic Con in Dubai, though only in arcade mode. So far, it looks like good Tekken-esque fun with plenty of opportunities for grapples, combos and special abilities.
Which brings me t one of my few reservations surrounding the game: sure, objectively speaking, Superman would destroy all comers? Apart from maybe Doomsday or a kryptonite-edged batarang, I can’t see the Man of Steel facing much opposition from the likes of, say, Harley Quinn. Still, it’s meant to be a piece of harmless knock-around fun, not a serious mediation on the nature of power, right?
Well, if the plot of Story Mode – to which DC Comics writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti served as Story Consultants – is anything to go by, things are gonna get dark. According to the game’s official Wiki, the synopsis runs as follows:
Following the destruction Metropolis and the deaths of his wife Lois Lane, their unborn child, and his best friend Jimmy Olsen, all at the hands of the Joker, Superman establishes a new world order, causing heroes to stand in opposition to each other. A battle ensues between the forces of Superman’s regime and those allied with Batman’s rebellion.
With definite shades of Mark Millar‘s Superman: Red Son, if Injustice: Gods Among Us can live up to its premise it might well be one of the most exciting pieces of superhero fiction in recent years. Or hugely disappointing if it doesn’t.
In any case, the game is due out in the US on April 16th on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Here’s the launch trailer, courtesy of ComingSoon: