My Top Ten Anime Picks On Crunchyroll Right Now

I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for anime. Growing up with Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop and Ronin Warriors I developed an affinity for it, but anime is still in many ways considered to be the elephant graveyard of nerdom. Once you go there – once you dive completely into the deep end – there is no coming back.

Regardless whether you have completely submerged yourself into the world of anime or not there are a ton of good series currently out there, especially on Crunchyroll. No disrespect to Netflix’s selection which bodes some gems (I’m looking at you Knights of Sedonia) Crunchyroll is prime real estate for your anime fix.

Now keep in mind (if my initial anime listings haven’t given it away) I’m partial to action-adventure series, so this list is going to reflect that. I am also excluding any anime that is available on both Netflix and Crunchyroll (i.e. Attack on Titan and Hunter x Hunter) along with highly popular shows like Bleach and Naruto Shippuden. I’m making a list of my ten Crunchyroll recommendations currently streaming or have recently finished their seasons within the year.

**Note the first five are currently airing mid-season the rest have recently finished their first seasons within the last year**

Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World

Won’t lie this one is a bit trippy at first. The main character Subaru Natsuki is mysteriously transported to a Feudal Aged world filled with magic, cults, royal knights and of course demonic creatures. The twist comes in when Subaru realizes every time he dies he’s brought back to life and forced to make amends for his disastrous decision making which has more than just a few ripple effects on the story. The barbaric death scenes will likely make you cringe as you try to figure out what exactly is the end game to Subaru’s torturous butterfly effect?

Biggest Flaw – Subaru – The main character is the show’s weak link. His selfish decision making and lack of strength can sometimes be agonizing to watch.

Biggest Draw – Suspense – Despite the protagonist’s shortcomings the show will keep you on edge largely because each episode is completely different. Despite reoccurring themes and obstacles each episode introduces a brand new twist that keeps you hooked.

Twin Star Exorcists

This one took a little warming up too. The story focuses on two 14-year-old exorcists (Rokuro and Benio) who are chosen to become the fabled ‘Twin Stars,’ a couple whose child will bring about the end of a century old battle against ‘Kegare’ (demons/incubi). While the arranged marriage between the two is odd considering their age the show still has a good rhythm to it between action, comedy and of a slow-building plot. I don’t consider Twin Star’s to be a knockout by any means, but it is surprisingly entertaining. It does a great job creating suspense and in many ways is an intriguing take on a romantic coming-of-age tale.

Biggest Flaw – Initial episode structure – The first half dozen episodes or so are entertaining but until they start introducing the larger portion of the plot each episode is essentially the same: Opening scene, introduction of new character/obstacle and ends with a battle against a Kegare.

Biggest Draw – The antagonist – I’ve always believed the villain makes the hero. Without a great villain the hero/story isn’t as strong. Once the show finally revels who the real threat is in the series and why there is so much Kegare corruption you’ll want to stick around to find out how it ends.

Berserk

The show’s gorey no-holds bar approach is just what you’d want from a show about demons, warlords and a corrupt militant authority hiding behind a delusional sense of divine right. The animation may turn a few fans off, but if you need a little excessive violence in your life than Berserk is just what the doctor ordered.

Biggest Flaw – It might be the animation for some, but for me it is the lack of backstory. I enjoy the action and the fact they throw the audience right into the thick of things, but to really enjoy this anime you’ll need to read some of the magna or at least watch the movie prequels (available on Netflix/YouTube).

Biggest Draw – Unsolicited action and violence.

91 Days

I’ll keep this short and sweet, 91 Days is essentially Coppola’s The Godfather as an anime. If you love old-school mobster movies you’ll love 91 days. The animation, the story’s pacing and the music manifest into one of the best anime I’ve watched this year. By far and away my favorite anime on Crunchyroll right now.

Biggest Flaw – Predictability – There are quite a few twists and turns, but if you are a mobster movie aficionado you might see a few coming.

Biggest Draw – Story structure – This anime is a perfectly done vendetta story, which plays to its mafia-centered theme strengths.

Taboo Tattoo 

Like Berserk this is another ruthlessly violent anime, but one that reminds me a bit of Darker Than Black. Characters in the show yield tattoos that give them unique powers rather similar to DTB’s ‘contractors.’ The main character Seigi is forced into a battle between the ‘Kingdom’ and America over control of these tattoos and the four sources that they’ve been derived from. Taboo’s greatest asset isn’t so much the insanity of some of its action sequences but its lack of fear towards killing off characters. It combines the best qualities of two of my favorite animes – DTB and Akame Ga Kill – it’s a fantastic recipe for success.

Biggest Flaw – Lack of continuity – The most recent episode withstanding (episode 8: Creator) the show doesn’t fully explain each characters powers’ origin nor does it explain why they have that particular ability.  It can be a big frustrating especially when it comes to understanding the entirety of the show’s story arch.

Biggest Draw – Action – Not just action but this show’s ability to create first-class action sequences in each of its episodes. It is a high octane anime that will keep you interested despite a few (current) plot holes.

Ushio & Tora

Ushio & Tora is a hell of a roller coaster ride. It will have you laughing on minute then tearing up the next. The story centers on Ushio Aotsuki who stumbles upon a tiger-like demon named Tora, who just happens to be pinned against the wall Ushio’s cellar courtesy of this mystical ‘Beast Spear.’ After Ushio removes the spear and frees Tora the two realize that fate has pulled them together. The two form an unlikely partnership to fight against the most ferocious demon Japan has ever seen – Hakumen no Mono. The show does a phenomenal job building up the suspense throughout the show about Hakukmen’s sinister power; constantly reminding the audience how powerful Hakumen is and the fact the end of the world is unavoidable if the demonic monster isn’t stopped.

Biggest Flaw – Filler episodes – The show is fantastic, but sometimes the show can drag with a slight abundance of ‘filler’ episodes en route to the anime’s grand finale (aka the final battle against Hakumen no Mono).

Biggest Draw –  Ushio & Tora – This show will pull at your heart strings. It blends action, comedy, and character development beautifully with the two protagonists at its center. Watching the relationship between human (Ushio) and demon (Tora) unfold and mature is easily the best part of this show.

**Note fan-made trailer**

The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water

This show reminded me a lot of Sword Art Online with its animation and its main character being a bit OP out of the gates. However, unlike SAO (which despite the haters I absolutely love) the show does introduce a limiter on its main character, Ayato Amagiri’s powers. The show focuses on the ‘Phoenix Festa’ battle which pits rival academies against each other in a battle royale where the winner is essentially granted any wish they want. The show does a fine job avoiding the redundant ‘school versus school’ theme trap we’ve seen in many amine. Instead, it uses the ‘Festa’ battles to introduce new characters and uncover a much larger plot towards the end of the season.

Biggest Flaw – OP characters –Ayato is not the only character who suffers from a mild case of excessive power. There are a few characters that are introduced who seem completely unstoppable. This can be slightly annoying and lead to less than stellar battle sequences.

Biggest Draw – The intricate storyline – At face value this is a run-of-the-mill battle royale anime. However, as the anime progresses the audience learns each character has their own agenda. The nature of character powers’ are introduced and it breaks away from the mundane academy differences and migrates itself into a larger global plot giving importance to large and small characters alike.

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers

Enjoy a good thriller? Rokka’s got you covered. Six ‘Braves’ are chosen by the Goddess of Fate to defeat the Demon God who was banished centuries ago. Seems simple enough, but as the story unfolds you realize that seven heroes/heroines appear meaning one of the six chosen warriors is a fraud. The show initially focuses on vigilante Adlet Mayer but it is tough to call him the sole protagonist. Rokka is wonderfully animated and its plot is fantastically designed. The show constantly keeps you guessing on who’s the real threat in the show.

Biggest Flaw – The characters never actually fight the Demon God. Instead, the show is focused on discovering who the ‘fake’ amidst the group is. Albeit it works it can be a bit off-putting in the grand scheme of things (especially since the second season isn’t confirmed yet).

Biggest Draw – Plot twists – Unlike many of the animes I have on this list Rokka doesn’t have all that much action. Instead it constantly flips the script with subtle uses of dialogue, facial expressions and the occasional chase scene. It is a show that keeps you on your toes and most of all it keeps you enthralled.

God Eater

The show’s CGI animation might turn a few fans off, but this is a show that was created based on a video game after all. And make no mistake God Eater is superbly entertaining. The show’s comprised of great action, a noble hero and an impressive supporting cast of characters who are all fighting for the survival of humanity before all humans are eradicated by monsters known as ‘Aragami.’ Only soldiers who wield weapons known as ‘God Eaters’ can stop the Aragami epidemic. However, the curious case of these Aragami’s evolution is the true heart of the show.

Biggest Flaw – Short season – The first season is only thirteen episodes and left the audience with a major cliffhanger. If the second season does arrive be forewarned new episodes can take up to 10-12 days before their release. The lack of weekly content is arguably the show’s biggest drawback.

Biggest Draw – Aragami origin – You might get invested with some of the cast considering each one has an intriguing backstory, but once the show reveals the entire backstory of the anime’s main antagonist you’ll be completely invested.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

If the show’s name wasn’t enough of an attention-grabber then the actual anime most certainly is. In a world inhabited by Gods and Goddess people can pledge allegiances to a particular deity then enter the town’s Labyrinth where they battle orcs, minotaurs and numerous other creatures. The interesting part is warriors who enter the dungeon’s Labyrinth level up and gain new powers the farther they advance. The show combines Greek mythology with the premise of a RPG/action-adventure game in the most entertaining way possible.

Bigget Flaw –  Cast size – Even though Bell and his Goddess Hestia are the two main characters the show has a pretty large cast of characters which can make certain elements of the show mildly confusing.

Biggest Draw – Production – The show blends comedy, action and the idea of being a ‘gamer’ (in a non-gaming world) seamlessly. It has just the right amount of each turning the show into a must-watch rather than just an anime for niche tastes.

Advertisements

Injustice 2: Harley Quinn & Deadshot Trailer

A few weeks ago I wrote up a piece about a few characters I’d like to see in the upcoming Injustice 2

And while I’d still like to see a few of those characters added to the roster it is nice to see the return of my girl Harley Quin (her and Raven were my go-to characters in the first game) and even though I would’ve liked to see Killer Croc over Deadshot the addition of Floyd Lawton is certainty welcomed.

It is still unconfirmed if Deathstroke will be returning to the game. Slade Wilson was one of the original playable characters from the game’s first edition. If he is omitted it seems that Deadshot is the perfect candidate to fill the void of gun-touting marksmen.

As for Harley, what more can I say? Welcome back, girl.

Check out the trailer below.

‘Suicide Squad’ Review: It Should Have Been R-rated

Before I start let me say that for DC comic book fans I recommend seeing the film no-question. For non-comic book fans you might find a little harder time enjoying this one.

I’m still a bit perplexed on how to gauge DC’s latest installment in Suicide Squad. I absolutely loved Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and I went into SS with equal enthusiasm. However, after leaving the theater early this morning I wasn’t nearly as amped as I was after watching two hours and change of Bats vs Supes (with a splash of Wonder Woman). Instead, I was left thinking what if.

What if this movie had been R-rated? How much better would it have been? And that’s how Suicide Squad left me – half satisfied. Not a bad film. An entertaining one to say the least, but even as a comic book fan and a DC movie universe believer I felt this movie missed its marked largely due to it playing it safe with a PG-13 rating.

The first half of the film is phenomenal. The introductions for each character is one of the most riveting portions of the movie and home to the most enjoyable scenes. This is in large part due to the killer soundtrack (pun intended). Arguably the most impressive score of the summer and the first movie since Guardians of the Galaxy that left me thinking I should download the soundtrack ASAP. The opening scene with the ominous melody of The Animals “House of the Rising Sun” completely sets the tone for the movie.

However, that tone is often times riddled with hiccups and miscues. This isn’t cause so much by a lack of plot development (this is an action movie after all) but rather tittering on the line of adult humor and teen-approved violence. It is difficult to fully capture the insanity and brutality of these characters without copious amounts of bloodshed and cussing.

The film tries to humanize the antiheroes too much. While a good idea it conflicts with the dialogue in the movie. The characters often speak to one another with a light jailbird, ghetto-like lingo that gives the film a little edge. However, with the training wheels on (courtesy of the rating) this comes off as stereotypical and forced rather than natural conversation among lunatics and sociopaths from various criminal backgrounds.

In addition I believe the absence of complete unfiltered violence is what turns this film into a marginally liked blockbuster rather than an instant cult classic. There are far too many scenes where a line is forced or an action sequence just doesn’t have the same influence over you it would have if blood spattered across Katana’s mask as she sliced and diced enemies.

I’m not a mega-supporter of ultra-violent movies, but there are certain films that are better off being such. Suicide Squad is one of those films. It is a movie about thieves, murderers, and gangsters. Most of which are barely known outside of the comic book world. Instituting a filter was the film’s biggest flaw.

Keeping the action and the dialogue PG and then suddenly having Harley Quinn curse at the end of a fight comes off strange. There’s a lack of fluency in the movie because of this. It doesn’t do the character’s justice, it doesn’t do the fans justices and it certainly doesn’t help DC’s case to win the uphill battle against the Marvel movie-making machine.

This movie’s cast is filled with crude, violent and uncompromising villains it needed to come off the same way. Unfortunately, Suicide Squad missed its mark.

All this withstanding I still would recommend seeing it especially if you love yourself some Harley Quinn, but be forewarned I have a feeling you’re going to have the same thought I did when I left the movie theater – how soon until the director’s cut is available?

Overall: 7.5/10 – I can’t knock the soundtrack nor the memorable performances put in by Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Will Smith. The trio carries the film and there’s plenty of one-liners that leave you chuckling.  The soundtrack is there; the action is there it just falls flat on execution. I think fans will appreciate it, but that will be the extent of its success. I can only hope the director’s cut has an R-rated version that releases the true potential of this film and its characters.

 

***SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT. I REPEAT SPOILER ALERT. Here’s my breakdown of each of actor/actress’s portrayal of their character(s) in the film. If you’ve seen the movie I recommend reading on if not best not push forward until you do***

 

Will Smith – Deadshot

Not going to front here, Will Smith was the ace of the film. His one-liners were some of the most memorable in the film and he does a brilliant job portraying Deadshot who’s about an 80/20 split between deadly assassin and family man. I was nervous the movie would sympathize too much with his character being a father. But they do a employ a nice hybrid of both; leaning mostly towards the killer inside him rather than his consequential title of Dad. He does a good job acting as the non-official leader of the group, but his best scene was easily when he stood on top a police car gunning down dozens of Enchantress cronies as if it was just another day in the office.

Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn

Big Willie might have been the ace, but Robbie stole the show. Both her Harley Quinzel and Harley Quinn are spot on. I”m not a huge Harley Quinn fan, but she does a fantastic job with the sadistic wisecracks. And she tackles the difficult task of blending the sex symbol and mentally unstable facets of Quinn’s character that have made her such a favorite among fans brilliantly.  Similar to how Hugh Jackman owns Wolverine and how Heath Ledger’s Joker has become the standard, I believe Robbie just set the tone for Harley Quinn for decades to come.

Jared Leto – The Joker

Speaking of the Joker…honestly I thought this film could’ve used a lot less Leto. That isn’t anything against Leto’s depiction of the Clowned Prince of Crime but rather the film’s constant need to ride the tormented relationship between Harley and the Joker. In my opinion the film would’ve been better off leaving Leto’s appearance in the film to two scenes; the flashback in the beginning of the film and his reappearance at the end. These two moments for Leto’s Joker  would’ve sufficed. The constant screen time of the Joker wasn’t organic to the film. Robbie puts on a heck of a show as a capable Harley and I felt the movie would’ve been fine with the initial intro of the couple’s backstory,  (possibly) her flashback with him, and the closing scene. Everything else in-between made the movie feel like the Harley-Joker show rather than the Suicide Squad movie. All that being said, Leto’s gangster-heavy rendition of the Joker will likely anger a few fans, but it goes with the movie’s vibe. It has a criminal-heavy tone, so naturally the Joker is going to be crime lord more so than criminal mastermind. Personally I didn’t mind it and I can definitely let it slide since Leto’s jester laugh rivals Mark Hammil’s.

Viola Davis – Amanda Waller

Amanda Waller in the comics is utterly ruthless. And Davis’ portray is spot-on. Waller is hated by villains and readers alike for her apathy. It makes her one of the most interesting characters in Suicide Squad’s story with her ability to constantly be a step-ahead of the squad and her uncanny knack for one-upping them in terms of unfavorable actions. She undermines everyone and everything. The scene when she kills her entire unit after telling them to wipe the hardrives clean and “destroy the evidence” sums up Waller in a nutshell. She doesn’t care about who or what dies. She does her job on her terms and her terms only. It’s what makes Waller detested. It’s what also makes her the best choice to organize a team of killers, she shares the same warped sense of morality. Needless to say Davis absolutely nails the character.

Karen Fukuhara – Katana

Didn’t mind her role as a support specialist for Waller and Rick Flag but as I mentioned before the movie loses a lot of luster for Katana’s slicing and dicing without the gore. Her scenes in the comics are flooded with brutality. I mean she has a cursed blade and to not show the unadulterated extent of her abilities as an assassin was a huge disappointment for me. Nothing against Fukuhara’s performance here, but rather the studio’s direction to play it safe.

Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje – Killer Croc

I was skeptical of Killer Croc going into the film. But Akinnouye-Agbaje does about a good enough job as he could with the limited scenes he had. I wished the movie had a few more fight scenes with Killer Croc especially underwater, but his role wasn’t too shabby. Although the bar scene where he calls Harley “shorty” was a bit comical, the movie does a good job showcasing Waylon Jones early transformation. He isn’t completely reptile and predatory yet – he’s still a human dealing with his transformation and I felt the movie did about a good enough job as they could highlighting this.

Jay Hernadez – Diablo

At first I loved the involvement of Diablo. The movie slowly brings him on as troubled ex-gangbanger who happens to be a highly powerful metahuman. However, when Diablo finally shows off his powers I felt his actions scenes didn’t quite match the hype the movie built up for him. They put him on a pedestal in terms of firepower and his abilities don’t quite live up to the expectations.

Cara Delevingne – Enchantress

I’m still very surprised that the movie went with her as the main villain. In many ways I think that’s a large reason this movie is falling flat with a lot of its audience. Villains make heroes. The stronger the villain the more potent the film’s punch. Enchantress’ powers are more than capable, but she’s not well known enough to take over the role of lead antagonist in a movie of this magnitude. A large portion of the audience can’t relate to who she is or the full scope of her powers. That withstanding, Delevinge does a great job of playing both the Enchantress and the possessed body of June Moore. Although I loved the ghostly, demonic imagery of the Enchantress much more than her post-reincarnated form. The early ghoul-like Enchantress truly captures her role as a witch hundred times better than her appearance as a Mayan sorceress later in the film.

Jai Courtney – Captain Boomerang

I definitely wished Cpt. Boomerang would’ve had more lines, but his comedic relief was one of the more entertaining portions of the movie. Nothing tops his introduction in the movie. Seeing Barry Allen capture him in the beginning half was one my favorite parts of the film. It was definitely nerdy Easter egg heaven.

 

Cover photo courtesy of Wiki Commons

Characters I’d like to see in ‘Injustice 2’

After watching the newest trailer for Injustice 2 – you know the one that introduces Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle – it not only got me hype for the next addition in the fighting franchise, but it also got me thinking who else would I love to see in the game?

I absolutely loved playing the first and with the second edition fans can expect more of the same violent story-telling, devastating combos and barbaric scene transitions to compliment the game’s new addition of evolving armor for characters. But what is the actual roster going to look like?

As Ed Boon mentioned in an interview with Dual Pixels at San Diego Comic Con we should expect about half of the original roster to return with another half leaving the initial character list.

Characters I’d like to see return

Batgirl, Lobo, Solomon Grundy, Zantana, Gernal Zod

Characters I’d like to see get cut

Ares, Hawkgirl, Nightwing, Killer Frost

Of course, fighting franchises  rely heavily on DLC especially with the expansion of skins and playable characters. But here are a few characters I’d like to see appear right out of the gates in Injustice 2.

Darkseid

Darkseid crushing batman

Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

How can the strongest character in the DC Universe not be in its premiere fighting game? The King of Apokolips needs to be in Injustice 2. Even if it messes with the traditional Injustice storyline I’d be completely fine if he became a playable character after completing the game. I mean getting the Omega Sanction ability would be a heck of a reward for beating the game’s main story.

Reverse Flash

reverse flash crusadercast

Photo Credit: cruscadercast.net

Why Eobard Thawne wasn’t in the first game I’ll never truly understand. But Boon and Co. would be wise to fix their mistake and add one of the greatest DC villains to the new roster of characters. Courtesy of the CW’s “The Flash” thousands of new fans were introduced to the sinister brilliance of Thawne. He’s proof that DC has tons of great non-Batman villains. Even though his move set would likely mirror Barry Allen’s, I believe the game (and the story) would greatly benefit from his inclusion. Few characters are more diabolical than Thawne.

Starfire

Starfire deviantart

Photo Credit: deviantart.com

Yes, the first roster had three Teen Titans (Raven, Cyborg, and Nightwing) and even though all three are likely to return the Tamaranean princess needs to be on the roster. One her move set will likely add a new dimension to the flying characters especially with her use of solar energy and projectiles. Plus, Koriand’r’s split personality which blends bubbly friend and vicious foe is the perfect combination for a game like Injustice.

Ertigan The Demon

6899 - Demon Strip Fair Morgan Le Fay

Photo Credit: Neil Strebig

One of my favorite Jack Kirby creations. Often referred to as just ‘The Demon,’ Ertigan would be a fantastic addition to the game’s roster. Despite being a lesser known character he’s made appearances in a number of comic titles, crossovers  and animated adaptations including “The New Batman Adventures,” “The Justice League: Unlimited” and recently in “Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox.” His ferocious fighting style along with his ability to use dark magic is just the type of fresh dynamic the game needs.

Hawkman

Hawkman in PUblic enemies

Hawkman in “Public Enemies”

I hate to be sexist and say Hawkgirl should be out and Hawkman in, but if I had to choose I’ll take the only character I know who has resurrected himself from the dead time and time again. Hawkman’s powers are nearly absolute. Although his presumed move set will need to be fixed. Seeing as that’s a big reason why I’d like to see Hawkgirl cut. Her flying ability and mace-swinging moves seemed clunky and lacked a good amount of fluency to them. If she remained — or if Hawkman was added — they’d both need to see their moves upgraded. No one wants to play as a slow, counter-attacking character with difficult combinations. However if one of them were to be included, my vote goes towards Prince Khufu.

Ocean Master

Ocean Master Flashpoint

Ocean Master in “Throne of Atlantis”

Now I know my man Black Manta has already been introduced as a new character and I’m also well aware of the massive support for Mera, but if there is going to be another Atlantian added to the roster it should be Arthur Curry’s brother. Now his abilities are nearly identical to Aquaman, but unlike Aquaman he essentially relies completely on his trident and abilities to summon water-based magic. Ocean Master’s reliance on his trident and projectiles  would be an intriguing addition to the combative cast.

Star Sapphire

Star Sapphire Wiki Commons

Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

I believe it is safe to assume both Green Lantern and Sinestro will be coming back in Injustice 2. And the arrival of Atrocitus is by far one of my favorites thus far, but why not give a little love to Ms. Carol Ferris? Originally, her Zamaron-gifted powers allowed her to easily defeat both Sinestro and Green Lantern in her early comic appearances (now the Star Sapphires are fueled solely by love and consequently their firepower compared to other lantern corps has suffered). Why not take a trip back to the old school Star Sapphire and put a little bit of rage and edge back into her character? After all Hell have no fury like a woman scorn.

Suicide Squad Characters

Killer Croc

Killer Croc in “Batman: Arkham Asylum”

I’m sure in respect to the movie’s debut this weekend there will be a ton of clamoring for the addition of more Suicide Squad characters. While the original cast had Harley Quinn and the new game already boasts Black Manta the roster runs a similar fate as the Teen Titan dilemma. Should super groups be limited in their roster influence? I vote no. I wouldn’t mind seeing Deadshot or Katana in the lineup but the Suicide Squad character I’d like to see most is Killer Croc. Savage, bloodthirsty and a perfect complement for a game like Injustice.

Grifter

grifter Ricardo Fasoli deviant art

Photo Credit: deviantart.com via Ricardo Fasoli

Talk about the hipster pick. I’ve seen a lot of love for the possible inclusion of Red Hood on forums and other blogs. But let’s face it. Batman characters have a large enough influence on the roster choices already, with why not add a lesser known character who would have nearly the identical move set as Jason Todd (or a Deadshot)? Guns, explosives and rather than the bitter, whiney Jason Todd we get the wise-cracking Cole Cash instead.

Circe

Circe JLU

Circe in “Justice League Unlimited”

The definition of femme fatale. I’m assuming (and hoping) Ares will be cut and if Wonder Woman needs a villainous counterpart to be paired against why not Circe? While I’m not quite sure how they’d incorporate her use of sorcery and demented view of a matriarchy into the fighting system, she’d be a welcomed addition nonetheless.

 Vandal Savage

Vandal Savage Flickr via Mitch Hell

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Mitch Hell

Personally, I don’t think you can ever have enough villains. Savage made his mark in 2012’s  “Justice League: Doom” where he reestablished the Legion of Doom. Outside of the film he has had a limited role in the DC Universe, but with Injustice’s complex timeline I’m sure the immortal megalomaniac could find a suitable place in both the storyline and the playable roster.

Spectre

Spectre.jpg

Photo Credit: comicvine.com

Nothing, but love and admiration for this addition. I’d love to see Injustice 2 pay homage to one of DC’s oldest heroes as possible DLC or an unlockable character. I don’t see him playing any sort of role in the game’s main story, but the ability to play as an omnipotent character who can teleport all over the screen clobbering opponents would be a blast.

 

Who are your picks for Injustice 2?