25 Characters That Need to Be in 'Injustice: Gods Among Us'After a surprise announcement just prior to E3 2012, Injustice: Gods Among Us is finally being revealed and detailed. But with NetherRealm Studios taking on a universe as full of amazing and powerful characters as the DC Universe, it's shocking that only six have been confirmed. These characters we speak of are too numerous to possibly count, but whether it's a unique personality or promising blend of skills we think could be perfect for Injustice, we've managed to pick out our favorites. Now that we've had a chance to play Injustice for ourselves, there is no doubt that the developers are approaching both heroes and villains with the utmost and respect and commitment to existing lore. With that in mind, here is our list of heroes and villains we think must be brought to life in the game's new aesthetic. We have our own favorites that didn't make the list, but all of our choices represent fantastic fighters who we also think would bring something special to the combat.
Green LanternSavvy Green Lantern fans will notice that Hal Jordan is not pictured in the provided image. While the inclusion of GL is almost a certainty - since he's one of the heroes with a film franchise bearing his name - the feature film did enough damage. The modern-day backup is John Stewart, and while we would be thrilled to see another incarnation of that character, we can't help but hope for Guy Gardner. The man Geoff Johns refers to as the "DCU Sh*tkicker" is the only Lantern whose power ring constantly sparks, due to his eagerness to unleash its power. Anyone familiar with Gardner knows that he's one of the only 'good guys' who would jump at the chance to beat Batman into a pulp. While all Lanterns share the same basic mid-ranged attacks and melee strength, Gardner is undoubtedly the most brutal of the human officers. Add in his wise-cracking, and he'd offer the depth and personality that Hal Jordan never can in video games.
WildcatOnce a world-class heavyweight boxer, Ted Grant, like many superheroes of the Golden Age, turned his unique skill set to stopping crime under the name of 'Wildcat.' Donning a black catsuit and his usual wrappings (sometimes with claws in place) Grant relies on his boxer's agility and fierce striking to punch even the most supernatural enemies into unconsciousness. NetherRealm would have options though, as Grant's son Tom has also taken up the 'Wildcat' moniker, in a more literal sense. His metahuman DNA allows him to turn into a were-panther at will, taking his father's training to more lethal heights. Seeing as Grant trained Bruce Wayne in the 'sweet science,' he packs quite a punch. The character design, speed and all-melee fight style is something we'd love to see in Injustice. Because, let's be honest, every fighting game should have a man in a catsuit.
Green ArrowEven though bows have become the 'it' weapon of late, Green Arrow has been wielding one for decades. Oliver Queen may be known as much for his outfit and moral dilemmas as his potency with trick arrows, he's as deadly as they come. With a new TV series based on the crimefighter, it's also a safe bet that Warner Bros. will push his inclusion. And they'd be right to do so. We've made our case for why Green Arrow deserves his own game, but seeing how Injustice would match Queen's ranged attacks against melee fighters has our interest piqued. He would be dangerous using the bow as a hand-to-hand weapon as well, but seeing what kind of redesign he'd receive alone would be worth including.
Black AdamIt was clear that someone from the Captain Marvel family would make our list, and we're convinced Black Adam is the downright baddest. The man single-handedly brought on World War III, so dealing with the other villains and heroes in the game would be a walk in the park. Using his god-like strength or devastating lightning - brought on by a cry of, you guessed it, 'Shazam!' - Black Adam would be one character who lives up to the game's name. Throw in a Khandaq fighting stage with stone pillars and statues to tear apart, and you're set.
Deathstroke the TerminatorWe don't need to construct a compelling argument: any DC fighting game should include Deathstroke. Slade Wilson, master of guns and swords has long been compared to Marvel's Deadpool, but there's no debate as far as wew're concerned. The ideal of human strength and physicality, a genius in all forms of combat, it goes without saying: nobody is as deadly as Deathstroke. No human anyway. Seeing as he's bested Batman every time they've gone head-to-head, not to mention taken on the entire Justice League, the vast cast of supernatural and magical beings on hand for Injustice might finally offer him some competition. If not a fighter, then Deathstroke must be included as the final boss. Could you imagine how he'd fight with two eyes?
CometAs the reincarnation of the original Captain Comet a.k.a. Adam Blake, Comet possesses all of the Silver Age hero's strengths, and more. One of the first metahumans ever written - a decade before Marvel explored the notion - Comet is the absolute peak of human evolution, gifted with telepathy, telekinesis, and clairvoyance. What this means in terms of combat is that Comet can fly, fire psionic blasts, manipulate objects, create psychic barriers, teleport, and fire bursts of mental energy as electricity or fire. If that fails, he also has a pistol to go along with his strength and endurance, once rivaling that of Superman. While the lackluster ending of Mass Effect 3 only heightened our desperation for Comet's Mystery in Space to be made into a game, we'd settle for a chance to see how well his myriad gifts and attacks would translate into gameplay.
AzraelJean-Paul Valley holds a unique place in the Batman mythology, and serious fans know him as one of the most important. As a member of the Order of St. Dumas, Valley was a genetically modified and brainwashed soldier, living as a normal civilian, who then became the embodiment of angelic vengeance upon donning his ever-changing armor. Mental state aside, Azrael is gifted with the superhuman speed and strength that would measure up against the deadliest heroes and villains of the DC Universe. Equipped with full body armor, flaming swords that detach from his wrists to be propelled at enemies, and a marked interest in firearms, Azrael isn't lacking ordnance. After a brief appearance in Batman: Arkham City, we're convinced he needs to make the transition to playable character.
DarkseidThe sole ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid is the embodiment of evil and totalitarianism in all its forms. As one of Jack Kirby's New Gods, Darkseid enjoys immortality, and has spent his hundreds of thousands of years honing his cruelty and brutality in battle. Capable of increasing in size, traveling at super-speed, and even traveling through space and time, Darkseid is easily among the strongest characters in the DC Universe. His main weapon would inherently be the Omega Beams fired from his eyes and hands, meaning he's dangerous at range and up close. He punches like a god, after all. Darkseid has appeared in previous NetherRealm titles, but the new art style being used for Injustice would certainly do a great deal for one villain whose appearance has remained somewhat... stale for a few decades.
Known as much for her costume as her abilities, Black Canary a.k.a. Dinah Lance is more than a pretty face and impressive physique. A master martial artist and brilliant tactician and combat leader, it's been claimed by some in the DCU that Canary could even best Batman in combat if necessary. Even with this supreme combat training, Canary's namesake powers are her most lethal - and least used - abilities. Canary's sonic scream allows her to shock, deafen, incapacitate and at times even completely destroy her enemies. Whether through directed blast in conjunction with melee attacks, or simply unleashing her voice on her opponents, Canary would prove to be a devastating fighter in video game form.