Another week, another set of stuff from Netherrealm to get fans drooling about Injustice 2! And what's interesting is that many of the new reveals (like the previous ones) seem to show a lot of inspiration from The CW's #Arrowverse.
While the bleaker tone of the DCEU may be reflected in the game, it's clear that Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow are affecting how the characters are designed — and which characters are emphasized. Let's get right into it, because we have a LOT to talk about.
Captain Cold Looks COOL As Hell
Okay, ice pun out of the way. Let's talk about Captain Cold, a character who most non-comic book fans just considered to be a poor man's version of Mr. Freeze until Wentworth Miller's take on the character on The CW gained so much popularity. Because of that, Captain Cold is one of the most-anticipated characters to appear in the massive Injustice 2 roster.
Wednesday, on the Netherrealm stream known as Watchtower, we got a breakdown of how the character plays — as well as a few examples of gear to customize the character with, and I can guarantee fans are going to be happy because he has some of the best combos and special movies (and, in my opinion, the best super move) yet.
While Captain Cold has always been an awesome villain, would he have been in this game if it weren't for The CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow? Hmm.
The Flash Is Throwing Lightning!
The Flash is becoming a common favorite superhero among general audiences because of Grant Gustin's protrayal on The CW. Fans of the comics have wanted him to get the proper love forever, and that wish has come true — so it should be no surprise that DC movies and games would borrow elements from the show. But Netherrealm decided to straight-up take something that the show actually created for the character.
In Injustice 2, not only can you customize your character's appearance, but you can also customize their special abilities by either adding new ones or altering the preexisting ones. One special move you can unlock for the Flash is his own projectile move, which has him running in a circle and then throwing the lightning from the Speed Force at his enemy. The CW inspired? Yes. Welcome? Oh, hell yes!
You want to see Barry screw up the timeline in every single fight? Well, wish granted, because his newly revealed super move is all kinds of time travel badassery. The Flash takes his enemy back in time to Egypt, where he slams 'em into the face of the Sphinx — thus destroying the nose — then takes 'em even further back in time to throw 'em into the face of a T-Rex, then finally Flash takes 'em forward just seconds into the recent past, slamming the enemy into his/her past self before the past Barry initiates the super move.
Dammit, Barry! You messed up the timeline, but did it in the most epic way possible!
Eobard Made A Messed-Up 'Yo Mama' Joke
Netherrealm loves to tease us, so we only got a quick taste — a nibble if you will — at the delicious cake that is the Reverse Flash, a Premier Skin (a hidden character inside another character, with new model, dialogue and voice actor) for the Flash. No gameplay was shown, except for the intro dialogue between the two characters showing a bit of their rivalry, with the villain being the one who killed Barry's mother.
Now, one could argue that the Reverse Flash has always been THE iconic villain to the Flash — he's Barry's Joker — but...why wasn't he featured in the first Injustice game and suddenly is in this one?
Well, I am more than certain that Tom Cavanagh and Matt Letscher's fan-favorite performances as the character on CW's The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow were a great help with that, but maybe I'm wrong.
CW Alumni Galore!
Captain Cold, Reverse Flash, Green Arrow, The Flash, Black Canary, Gorilla Grodd, Deadshot and Firestorm? All of these characters from The CW are featured in Injustice 2. Two or three characters wouldn't have phased me, but eight confirmed characters from the Arrowverse who've recently become popular to mainstream audiences?
Especially with the rumors of the Atom, Arsenal and Vixen joining the roster in the future (which we should take with a grain of salt), it's hard to deny that the CW is influencing DC properties outside of the Arrowverse.
Do you agree or disagree that Netherrealm taking bits and pieces from the Arrowverse like they have with the DCEU? Let me know in the comments down below!