Black Adam Joins ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us'; Stephen Amell to Lend Alternate Green Arrow Skin

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 21st, 2013 at 12:07 pm,

Injustice Gods Among Us Black Adam Stephen Amell

Superman has Lex Luthor. Green Arrow has Deathstroke. Green Lantern has Sinestro. Batman has The Joker… and Bane and Harley Quinn and Catwoman and Solomon Grundy. So it just wouldn’t mesh with the ethos of Injustice: Gods Among Us if Shazam, who was revealed as a playable character for the game back in February, was deprived of facing at least one of his nemeses on the brawler’s roster of 21 DC Comics heroes and villains.

Enter Black Adam. NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive still don’t appear to be finished unveiling the full Injustice cast, and Shazam’s indelible archenemy has been announced as a 22nd combatant by a menacing screenshot from the game’s official Twitter account.

Black Adam Injustice Gods Among Us

Strapped in grooved, striated, black-and-gold armor emblazoned down the chest with his signature lightning bolt emblem, Black Adam looks every bit the opposing charge to Shazam’s electrified persona, and we can see a battle between the two wreaking havoc across Injustice’s interactive environments. NetherRealm has yet to define the specific attributes Black Adam will possess during combat; however we probably don’t have to look far beyond his current origin story.

Like Shazam (aka Captain Marvel), Black Adam was imbued with his powers by the wizard “Shazam,” and activates them by yelling “Shazam,” — an acronym for the ancient Egyptian gods from whom he then embodies certain traits: Shu (Stamina), Heru (Swiftness), Amon (Strength), Zehuti (Wisdom), Aton (Power) and Mehen (Courage). Revealing Shazam in an Injustice Battle Arena video last month, NetherRealm translated a near-identical mythos — the character receives the same qualities from the S.H.A.Z.A.M.-tastic gods Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury — into the combat attributes below:

  • Super Powers: Flight, Strength
  • Favorite Weapon: Lightning
  • Super Move: High Voltage

It’s easy to see the two matching up quite evenly, despite their contrasting credos, weaving another intense rivalry into Injustice’s division-dense storyline:

Meanwhile, from arch-enemies to doppelgangers, TV Guide reported last week that Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on the hit CW series Arrow, will be lending his voice, likeness and duds to an alternate skin that Injustice players can unlock for Green Arrow in multiplayer. Originally, Green Arrow was revealed for Injustice last October as one of the game’s nimbler, range attack-oriented “gadget characters.” Arrow Green Arrow isn’t apt to change that, but Amell’s inclusion does bring another fan-favorite to the Injustice voice cast (which also includes Kevin Conroy as Batman), and further promotes the visibility of DC’s film-and-television characters ahead (way ahead) of an eventual Justice League movie.

Check out the first screenshot of Amell’s Green Arrow in Injustice below:

Green Arrow Injustice Gods Among Us Stephen Amell

Ranters, what do you think of the addition of Black Adam to the Injustice cast? Would you rather play as the default, goateed, throwback incarnation of Green Arrow in multiplayer or as Stephen Amell’s re-imagining from the TV-series Arrow?

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Injustice: Gods Among Us releases April 16, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

Sources: Injustice Twitter [via Joystiq], TV Guide

TAGS: DC Comics, Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios, PS3, Warner Bros. Interactive, Wii U, Xbox 360

  • ATG

    I cannot wait for this game!

    I wish more superhero games would release that are Arkham-inspired (art style and game play-wise). A Superman game would be epic if done right, I’d love a Green Arrow game too.

    • COREY_1993

      somtimes i dont even think people are understandng that they are saying… ill use the term “arkham style” since everyone believes thats where it started. arkham style would never work for a superman game. first of all he can fly… are you going to take that away from him? he needs a huge area to roam and batman is ver small and has a certain atmosphere that would not go well with superman.

      what i think people need to realise is they need to make these things they ay the material makes them. we have never gotten a proper game to the characters material. untill batman AA. make a supeman game the way superman is. he isnt dark.

      • ATG

        I don’t think you understand what I was saying…

        Inspired and style are two totally different things.

  • The mighty avenger

    I’d love a green arrow game maybe escape from super max or something.

    Ill def be buying this day one. Still have to decide on a preorder but def exited.

    The arrow skin is cool ill be using that and black Adam looks insane.

  • deadpool87

    I dig Black Adam but I wished they would mix up the roster. Gameplay wise, their is probably not much difference between characters like Shazam and Black Adam, Green Lantern and Sinestro and Bane and Solomon Grundy. As much as I love Batmans rogues, they really should have cut down on them a bit. I still would of loved to see characters like Lobo, Atrocitus and Deadman. Just something a little variated besides the obvious choices.

  • Bishop

    Who’s that in the video at 1:43 and are some of those in the video the same characters with different costumes at different points?

    • Brian

      Judging by the outfit and eye-patch, I’d say Deathstroke.

  • Batman

    I am literally jumping up and down, this game just keeps getting better and better. Cannot wait.

  • HelghastUser

    Looks cool I guess. I’m sure they could fit more heroes and villain in there. Perhaps they could take advantage of this games inevitable popularity and promote some less mainstream and popular characters.

    If they were to include Lobo in the roster then I’m down..

  • Genericiz3d

    I’m holding out for Mxyzptlk. 😀

  • Justin Loomis

    Wait, Arrow gets a skin from his TV show, and no Nolan Skin Pack? That would be awesome.