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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.