Injustice 2's story mode is loved and admired by fans and critics alike. From character redemption arcs, surprise debuts, and the decision to have a split ending, NetherRealm Studios hit another home run with this sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us. While the storylines for debuting characters such as Supergirl, Gorilla Grodd and Brainiac may be receiving plaudits, there are other characters who haven't been as well received — namely, Atrocitus.
The leader of the Red Lanterns, Atrocitus's debut had fans buzzing and we couldn't wait to see the character make his full debut in the #Injustice series (he made a brief background appearance in Injustice, fighting Kilowog in the Metropolis arena). The supervillain was one of the first fighters confirmed to appear in the game, having been showcased in the first official gameplay trailer alongside Gorilla Grodd and Supergirl. Being a main focus of this trailer gave fans the impression that Atrocitus would be a major player in Injustice 2. Oh, how wrong we were.
While Gorilla Grodd and #Supergirl received main-event player status in the story mode, Atrocitus was confined to a cameo during Green Lantern's chapter, as a boss fight for Hal Jordan. A behemoth whose appearance was hyped up for many months ahead of the game's release, Atrocitus's subsequent appearance amounted to little more than a cameo.
Fans are understandably disappointed with his role in Injustice 2, especially considering that he was one of the best fighters in the game. Seriously, his rage charge and blood-nado attacks are deadly. While fans may look at his appearance as a disappointment and complete waste of time, it seems Atrocitus may have a bigger role than we first realized.
He's The Main Character In 'Blackest Night' DLC
NetherRealm's Injustice 2 director Ed Boom took to Twitter to drop this little teaser:
Boon is known for dishing out cryptic tweets, and did so weekly during the run-up to the release of #Injustice2. While the above tweet is indeed mysterious, we can guess that a DLC of some kind is coming our way for Injustice 2's story mode, since the ellipsis after the two words suggests that there is a continuation coming.
With the addition of Starfire and Red Hood, and Superman stuck in the Phantom Zone where the Titans are, there are many who believe this development suggests that a Teen Titans DLC is coming our way. While this is a logical — and awesome — suggestion, I believe the DLC was teased with the introduction of Atrocitus.
Y'see, when #Atrocitus leaves Hal Jordan after their fight, he mentions that Hal will call for the Red Lanterns in the future. While I originally brushed this off as Atrocitus being confident that Hal with submit to his rage, the tease of a story continuation had me intrigued, especially when coupled with one of the lines that Atrocitus throws out when entering the battle with Hal Jordan.
When battling Green Lantern against Atrocitus, Hal asks about a prophecy, to which Atrocitus replies, "Out of the blackest night." While some may think about the Green Lantern oath when hearing about a blackest night, those eagle-eyed gamers among us will immediately think back to the comic crossover storyline "Blackest Night," which saw all Green Lantern Corps band together to fight a newly risen Black Lantern Corps, consisting of all the dead heroes and villains from DC lore, including Batman, Hawkgirl and Ronald Raymond.
A "Blackest Night" storyline would slot in seamlessly to the Injustice universe, considering that many heroes and villains have been murdered by #Superman's regime. Characters such as Martian Manhunter, Shazam, Lex Luthor and Hawkman all died during the course of this storyline, and with eight DLC characters still to be announced, I'd expect a return to action is on the cards for many fan-favorite characters.
It's also worth noting that the Atom is being teased as one of the eight characters. Interestingly, Atom was a main player in the "Blackest Night" storyline. And yet another fun tease is the addition of many "Blackest Night" shaders for certain characters — Flash, Green Lantern and Firestorm have Blue Lantern, Black Lantern and Deathstorm skins, respectively.
So having been mentioned by a main character, teased via DLC characters, and having "Blackest Night" skins in the game, it seems this comic book storyline is indeed getting a future video game outing. Whether it's via a DLC expansion or a third game, I'm sure many among us will be excited to see the beloved storyline take place in the Injustice universe.