LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has been eagerly anticipated by many gamers since its official announcement. However, while the initial roster does feature such DC megastars as Superman, having only three heroes to choose from does seem a bit underwhelming. Luckily, if players want more characters to choose from, EB Games and GameStop are offering to give them just that.

First off, for those who are into collecting LEGO figures, a pre-order of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will include a special Lex Luthor figure, exclusive to the pre-order deal that can’t be bought anywhere else. This is somewhat similar to a previous pre-order deal for LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, which included an exclusive Jack Sparrow figure.

In terms of actual game add-ons, there are two DLC packs that can also be included with a pre-order. The first includes five villains that will be playable from the start: Superman’s counterpart Bizarro, Shazam’s archenemy Black Adam, Aquaman villain Black Manta, and two Flash villains in Captain Cold and Gorilla Grodd. These five can only be played via this DLC pack.

The other pack includes five more heroes for the player to use: Batman’s former ward Nightwing, current Robin and son of Batman Damien Wayne, stage magician and frequent Batman ally Zatanna, fellow Gotham City superhero Katana, and easily-recognizable Justice League member Shazam. Like the villains pack, these can only be played by purchasing the pre-order deal.

Lego Batman Nightwing Shazam

A lot of comic book fans have been looking forward to this game since its initial leak, so it’s not surprising that EB and GameStop would jump on the opportunity to attract potential buyers. And while having special deals with pre-orders is nothing new, there have been situations where any DLC packs included just wind up as regular DLC further down the line. So gamers would have to look at this and wonder if they shouldn’t just wait, or take the risk and make the pre-order.

Some comic book fans might be wary of the game as well, as the overall design choices for the characters, the characters included in the DLC packs, and the renaming of Captain Marvel to Shazam are hinting that DC is attempting to sell people on their rebooted continuity. Whether or not it’s successful remains to be seen, but what that says about DC as a company is up for discussion.

Will you be pre-ordering from EB or GameStop?

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will be coming out this summer for the PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, and Vita.

Source: BrickUltra, (1, 2, 3) via Kotaku