As our friends at Screen Rant have been covering all year, this Wednesday, October 10, marks the North American debut of Arrow on The CW. The hotly anticipated show, which captivated critics at this years Comic-Con, appears set to give the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow his best shot yet at pop-culture predominance.
And where some see a resurgence, Warner Brothers sees a renaissance. No doubt capitalizing on The Emerald Archer’s attention spree of late, the interactive wing of the company has released concept art and a brand new trailer revealing Green Arrow as playable character in the upcoming DC Universe brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us.
First announced by Entertainment Weekly, Green Arrow becomes the tenth member of a cast that, to date, also includes Batman, Catwoman, Cyorg, Flash, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, and Wonder Woman. We previewed Injustice at this year’s E3 and praised NetherRealm Studios‘ detailed, edgy character designs, and it appears that Green Arrow falls into the same class: Robin Hood-esque, sure, but also debonair, deadly, gritty, and lithe for the frenetic action the Mortal Kombat developer hopes to deliver.
Likely, Green Arrow’s presence was a synergistic mandate for developer NetherRealm Studios, assuming WB’s confidence in the hero’s marketability after Season 1 of Arrow. Nevertheless, our Andrew Dyce outlined this June why the hero would be an asset for Injustice, citing his potential for ranged attacks and deadly hand-to-hand bow strikes. The trailer above seems to suggest NetherRealm was thinking along the same lines, and also paints Green Arrow as nimble “gadget character” with at least one insane environmental execution move.
From audio design to art style to dynamic interaction with settings, much of what’s already known about Injustice: Gods Among Us has DC fans – and anyone partial to the fighting genre – anticipating its release in April of 2013. We counted over 20 available character slots during our time with the game – Green Arrow certainly won’t be the last reveal – and it will be interesting to see how all of DC’s superheroes and villains compare once the full roster becomes available.
Ranters, Green Arrow is one of the 25 Characters we think deserve to be in Injustice – but there are plenty more to choose from. Who do you think Warner Bros and NetherRealm should decide to reveal next? And how well have they assimilated the vaunted Green Arrow?
Injustice: Gods Among Us releases in April 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly