NetherRealm Studios is in the final stages of pre-release marketing push for their latest DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. After months of unveiling new combatants in a variety of mediums – character-centric trailers, Battle Arena match-ups, and first-look images – the developer is revisiting a few fan-favorite fighters that didn’t get as much time in the spotlight. This week, NetherRealm has released a full story and gameplay trailer for Green Lantern – who was unceremoniously revealed through the game’s box art.
Lingering negative buzz from WB’s universally-panned 2011 Green Lantern film probably didn’t factor too much into holding-back the Hal Jordan-specific trailer but, regardless of how gamers feel about the movie, the character is still one of DC’s coolest do-gooders. The Green Lantern story trailer certainly helps to corroborate Jordan’s place among the full Injustice: Gods Among Us roster – with some truly epic plot and gameplay moments.
In the trailer, Hal Jordan is tasked with fighting a mirror-match version of himself wearing a Sinestro Corp ring – powered by fear instead of will. Jordan has worn a fear ring in the comics and it would make sense to see that interpretation of the character in the Injustice story (given the game’s New World Order plot).
Still, it’s one thing for NetherRealm Studios to account for traditional heroes such as Batman and Superman in open conflict but, at this point, it’s unclear how the Injustice story will explain why two versions of the same combatant are able to face-off. No doubt, given the wide array of supernatural abilities and events in the DC Universe, there’s sure to be a reason – though we may have to wait until the game’s release to find out.
Nevertheless, the Green Lantern gameplay and CGI story moments offer one of the most exciting looks at Injustice: Gods Among Us. Certain Green Lantern powers may have been underwhelming or cheesy in a live-action film but they’re a perfect fit for the Mortal Kombat-like gameplay in Injustice – and it’s easy to imagine that Hal Jordan’s super move (teleporting his opponent to Oa, pummeling them with hammers, buses, and missiles) will be a favorite among gamers.
In the trailer, good defeats evil, as Green Lantern takes down his Sinestro Corp doppleganger but not every battle will be as cut and dry. Who doesn’t remember arguing with their friends about “who would win” in a battle between Wonder Woman and The Flash or Lex Luthor and Doomsday? For weeks, NetherRealm has been playing-off the idea with their Injustice Battle Arena match-ups and, after nine weeks of superhuman beat-downs, we’ve reached the finals – pitting Batman against Superman:
Gamers can vote for who they think should win in the Batman vs. Superman Battle Arena over at the official Injustice: Gods Among Us site.
Meanwhile everyday gamers aren’t the only ones who are chomping at the bit for superhero vs. superhero smack downs, as NeatherRealm has enlisted the help of film stars and comic book fans, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob) to help put an end to nearly two decades worth of “who would win” debate:
What characters are you most excited to see go toe-to-toe in Injustice: Gods Among Us? Which character do you think would come out victorious in an all-out battle royale?
Injustice: Gods Among Us releases April 16, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U.
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