Based primarily on the Mortal Kombat engine, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and inspired by DC comics and planned for release in 2013 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Players will take control of one of over 24 playable heroes and villains to fight, both locally and online, and through an expansive single player story that tells a darker alternate universe tale.
- Flash (Barry Allen)
- Green Arrow
- Hal Jordan (Green Lantern)
- Harley Quinn
- Solomon Grundy
- The Joker
- Wonder Woman
The game was announced alongside confirmation for Batman, Flash, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman and Wonder Woman. Shortly afterwards, at EVO 2012, the game had a 15 minute demo presented by Ed Boon, which lead to the leaking of The Joker as a playable character. At the San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Cyborg and Nightwing were revealed, while Catwoman made her debut at Gamescom. Concept art featuring both Aquaman and Green Lantern was leaked, alongside a screenshot showing the Joker's in-game model a few weeks later. In the weeks leading up to the New York Comic-Con, Green Arrow was officially unveiled as a playable character, with a moveset clearly inspired by Nightwolf and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's Hawkeye. The official boxart revealed the next day confirmed The Joker and Hal Jordan as playable as well.
Currently, little is known about the story of Injustice outside of it taking place in an alternate universe where everything is darker and grittier, and where everyone is a bigger asshole.
Injustice was received rather poorly on its debut with many gaming news outlets and the FGC as a whole. Seen to draw far too much from Mortal Kombat 9, a game disliked strongly by a large portion of the FGC, many derogatory comments about Injustice being a cheap repaint came to surface. Additionally, many comic fans were turned away by the designs of the characters and the way they are presented- making everyone into a dark and gritty, ultra-violent anti-hero or villain made the game feel hollow to many of these fans. Even more criticism was leveled at the early roster- out of nine confirmed characters, five were Batman characters, leading many to complain that much less important characters in the DC Universe like Harley Quinn and Catwoman would be taking the place of much more beloved but less mass market characters like Jonah Hex, Swamp Thing, Martian Manhunter and others.
Injustice strove to win the crowd back, showing off numerous combo videos at comic-con that revealed much more depth to the fighting system than the shallow Mortal Kombat franchise is known for.