After making a debut appearance on the CW’s new superhero drama, Arrow, Deathstroke the Terminator is accepting a new batch of assassination contracts – the heroes and villains of Injustice: Gods Among Us. Following the recent unveilings of key DC Comics character, The Joker and Green Lantern, the gun-toting/sword-wielding hitman is another welcome addition to the character roster.
In order to showcase Deathstroke in action, NetherRealm Studios has released an all-new Injustice: Gods Among Us trailer – revealing that not only does the character bring some heavy-hitting combo power, he’s also set to be one of the game’s chattier combatants.
The version of Deathstroke depicted in the game follows closely with the character’s New 52 armored design – where the assassin is often drawn with a sleek combat suit (with certain elements reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Batsuit) instead of traditional orange and blue scaled spandex. In terms of gameplay, the combat armor appears to be primarily cosmetic – with the majority of Deathstroke’s special attacks focused on swordplay and gunfire. Of course, compared to his cloth mask, Deathstrokes new plated cowl certainly gives that headbutt attack an extra bit of oomph.
Deathstroke has a passionate following, and many passion DC Comics fans were hoping he’d be included in NetherRealm’s DC fighter but compared to iconic heroes and villains like Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker, the character’s inclusion was never a sure thing. That said, it’s easy to understand why the studio would be drawn to a character like Deathstroke – given that The Terminator draws plenty of comparisons to Ed Boon’s own creations, Kano especially.
So who else can we expect to see turn up in the final Injustice roster? The game is supposed to feature over twenty characters (with more to come as DLC) and Deathstroke makes number thirteen. Boon has previously stated that the final lineup will have a mix of familiar (Batman) and obscure (Solomon Grundy) participants – so fans should get some interesting additions in the final seven (or more) reveals. After the initial game announcement (and the unvieling of the first batch of fighters), we put together a “25 Characters That Need to Be in Injustice: Gods Among Us” feature and it’s been spot-on (including Deathstroke) so far. As a result, it’s likely that at least a few our remaining suggestions could be announced as official combatants in the coming weeks.
Here’s a round-up of the characters we previously mentioned in the list that have yet to be announced. Make sure to click the link above for in-depth descriptions of each potential fighter and how their powers/abilities could make for fun Injustice gameplay:
- Black Adam
- Black Canary
- Red Hood
- Lex Luthor
- The Tattooed Man
- Big Barda
- Captain Boomerang
- Black Lightning
What other characters would you like to see join the Injustice: Gods Among Us fight?
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Injustice: Gods Among Us releases April, 2013, for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U.