Earlier today, the official announcement trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us, Injustice 2 was released. It's currently taking the internet by storm, and people are eagerly awaiting for the arrival of E3 so we can get more information on the game.
DC is currently doing well in a lot of its mediums. They have a new 'Justice League' cartoon coming out and the animated movie Batman: Killing Joke will premier next month. Their shows have a large fanbase. Also, their new Rebirth series is getting universal praise from fans.
Injustice 2 is the next step in DC's rise back to greatness. It has the potential to introduce so much more new characters and tell a great and compelling story to get more people invested in the company and what they are all about. Especially since video games are becoming more and more mainstream. It certainly has a large job in doing all of this, since so far the movies in this upcoming 'DC Extended Universe' has failed to do so.
Do not get me wrong, I don't hate the DC films. I thoroughly enjoy Man of Steel, and I don't hate Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But it's quite true that the former has a very divided fan/critic base, and the latter got even more negative reviews from audiences and critics. In a world that is supposed to inspire hope and coming out of the darkness, the grim and dower tone of the DCEU so far has put off a lot of people. Hopefully with Geoff Johns being the head of DC films now, we can get back to what made DC great.
So how can Injustice 2 do more than the films? Well there's a number of ways.
Introducing More Characters Faster
Non-comic readers know the basic characters from the world of DC. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman etc. What about characters like Red Tornado? The Atom? Booster Gold? Power Girl? If you look the current DC film slate, it's full of mostly well established characters that are known by the general audience. It would take years to bring in more obscure characters without shoehorning them into every movie. Now look at Injustice: Gods Among Us. It has 30 playable characters, most of which played a significant role in the campaign mode.
Tell A Gripping & Competent Story
Like I said I don't hate BvS, but it's storytelling felt very choppy and drawn out that it became very uninteresting. They tried to tell so much rush a lot of plot points that it felt unnatural. The advantage a video game has and Gods Among Us capitalized on, is telling a story that did not need much previous knowledge from the comics, and telling it in segments to the viewers pace. We saw the story of Superman becoming a ruthless dictator and heroes attempting tot stop him build up. It flowed, covered so much ground and it really gave new fans an entertaining story to follow.
So with Injustice 2 coming out next year more people can get on board with DC and their future plans.
Do you think that Injustice 2 will be DC's next step into greatness? Also check out the Announce Trailer below!