For weeks, gamers have been enjoying epic superhero versus superhero action with Injustice: Gods Among Us – answering the classic question: “who would win in a battle between Batman and Superman”? Of course, the victor depends on the respective gamer behind each iconic hero, but with over 24 (and counting) fighters to choose NetherRealm Studios‘ latest fighter provides a rich arena for comic book-inspired brawling. Players have the option of choosing from entirely human combatants (like Batman or Joker) t0 super-powered beings (such as Superman or Ares) – not to mention a wide-array of fighters that fall somewhere in between (“zombie” Solomon Grundy or Lex Luthor in a battle suit).
Nevertheless, with the announcement of a season pass that will include 4 post-release DLC characters, fans of the game (as well as DC Comics) have kept busy speculating which other heroes and villains might make an appearance. After the official reveal of Lobo (who will be available on May 7th), we’re now getting unofficial confirmation that Batgirl will be available at a later date.
The Batgirl reveal comes from a Xbox Live Marketplace leak – not a developer announcement. That said, the video, which you can see below, clearly shows that, for a brief time, Batgirl was listed on XBLA (the listing has since been removed) – as a 165MB add-on. 165MB might sound like a lot for a single character but, keep in mind, the DLC fighters will also include their own S.T.A.R. Labs missions.
Check out the video below to see the Batgirl confirmation – as well as catch a very brief sneak peek at the character’s mug shot (which you can also see above):
Unlike the Lobo leak, which provided a complete look at the character model, followed days later by an official full length Lobo gameplay trailer, we can only speculate about Batgirl for the time being. Based on the headshot, the default Injustice: Gods Among Us costume appears to draw from the classic 1960s TV version played by Yvonne Craig. Though, it’s possible that, like other characters in the game, Batgirl will receive alternate skins (such as a new 52 variation) not just color variants.
Confirmation of a playable Batgirl character will, no doubt, be exciting for fans of the comics but the news also adds further credence to an unconfirmed report that, weeks back, uncovered game code suggesting the four season pass characters would be Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, and Mortal Kombat‘s most iconic fighter, Scorpion.
Check out the unconfirmed DLC code video below:
Since General Zod is the main antagonist in this summer’s highly-anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, it would make a lot of sense to see the character in Injustice: Gods Among Us – especially considering what a large part Superman plays in the game’s storyline. Similarly, Superman quickly became a fan-favorite fighter in the game – and a tweaked variation of his combat style should provide a fun alternative for fans of heat vision and super-strength.
Given NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat pedigree, not to mention the non-canon choice of Freddy Krueger in MK 9, it’s highly likely that the yellow ninja will be included. If the rumor is true, response to Scorpion will undoubtedly be mixed – since NetherRealm fighting game faithfuls will be eager to use the “Get Over Here” harpoon on DC superheroes. Regardless, the character might be a disappointing addition for comic fans that were hoping for another fan-favorite DC character instead, such as: Darkseid, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, or Azrael, among others.
For now, Lobo and Batgirl are the only two DLC characters that we can confirm but, since that season pass DLC code list is currently 2/2 – it’s a strong possibility that Zod and Scorpion will fill-in the final two spots. No official date for Batgirl or the other DLC characters has been revealed but, as mentioned earlier, Lobo hits virtual stores on May 7th. In the meantime, make sure to read our Injustice: Gods Among Us Alternate Costume Unlock Guide to see all of the available variant skins - and check off any you may have missed.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is available now for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Coming soon to Wii U.
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