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DC Universe Injustice

Discussing DC Injustice and Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe.
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Mick-LuciferPosted: 06/17/2012 11:04 PMStatus ::
Top 10: Gods We Want Among Us - DC Universe Heroes!

Coming 2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us will reunite the developers of Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe with the characters they last battled, 2008. This time, the action will focus exclusively on the heroes and villains of DC Comics [full story], opening up a universe of possibilities not afforded to the split loyalties of the previous fighting crossover.

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Flash make their triumphant return from the Versus lineup, joined so far by Harley Quinn and Solomon Grundy, who freshen up the DC cast with their first appearance in a game of this sort. Brand new gameplay mechanics will even the odds between these unlikely opponents, seeing characters divided into two classes emphasising Power and Gadget based abilities [full story].

With more than seventy years worth of characters to draw upon, the threat of DC heroes gone rogue -- as teased by the launch trailer -- opens the playable line-up to some exciting possibilities! We're told to expect twenty-odd characters to start, with downloadable extras a likely factor in Ed Boon's bold claim that everyone's favourites will find their way into the action.

Rather than hold Ed exactly to his word, the Mortal Kombat Online staff have crammed into a satellite in Earthrealms lower orbit, intent on narrowing the list down to the Top Ten Heroes we'd most like to see! As you might have guessed, there's also a Top Ten Villains list, yet to come.

To keep things interesting, we've omitted characters who have already been announced, or made the cut previously in MK vs DC. That means no: Green Lantern, Catwoman, Captain Marvel, Darkseid, Joker, Lex Luthor, or Deathstroke -- who would all be welcome return appearances. [Eagle-eyed viewers will have already noted Lex Luthor's appearance in the launch trailer -- whatever that means. -M]

#1 Martian Manhunter
Real Name: J'onn J'onnz
First Appearance: Detective Comics #255 (1955)

In a game that already boasts the likes of Superman and Solomon Grundy, the challenge to differentiate basic superhero powersets like amazing strength, or flight, is a fundamental difficulty for developers. Affectionately dubbed the 'Swiss Army knife of superheroes' -- Martian Manhunter ticks all the boxes of your garden variety Superman, standing on his own with the unique hook of Martian invisibility and shape-shifting!

A charter member of the Justice League, it's no surprise that Martian Manhunter would be among the most sought after characters to miss MKvsDC. Regarded by many as the soul of the JLA, a staple appearance in recent cartoons gave MM the exposure comics fans knew he deserved. He may still be the best of the B-list, but when it comes to Earth's greatest heroes, the B-list is nothing to sneeze at!

Unlike his literary predecessors, a simple sneeze won't put the Martian Manhunter down for long, but he is famously susceptible to the humble naked flame. Whether that could play into in-game balancing is something we can only speculate, remembering the super-power chemistry debate inspired by Superman's ice breath (and Sub-Zero) that nearly made it into the game.

#2 Green Arrow
Real Name: Oliver Queen
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (1941)

Pre-dating Marvel's avenging archer by two decades, Green Arrow may lack the big screen credentials of his counterpart, but is about to follow up a long running stint on TV's Smallville with his own live-action series pilot, Arrow! If that wasn't credential enough, he's also no stranger to the world of the fighting game, [one of only two] heroes not featured in both MK vs DC Universe and 1995's console clunker, Justice League: Task Force.

In a world where the major comic houses are directed by their cross-media branches, a TV show is pretty much a compelling case for a tie-in video game appearance! Fortunately, this beloved member of the Justice League brings with him plenty of in-game allure.
A gadget character if there ever was one -- the potential for a zone-heavy projectile style is fairly obvious, and wildly open to interpretation. Classic trick arrows offer gimmicks like a flying boxing glove, blinding flash arrow, expanding adhesive foams, explosives, nets and the classic kind that stings a lot. The potential to turn bow into close-range weapon, also an interesting prospect.

Suffering from a vintage when heroes were prone to imitation; the modern Green Arrow held a tense relationship with Batman -- a character he was seen to be a rip-off of in his early, Arrow Mobile driving years. That rivalry was put aside in 1986, when Green Arrow was one of the few DC heroes to appear in Frank Miller's gritty Bat-opus, The Dark Knight Returns -- an instrumental factor in Batman's all-human battle with Superman. Decidedly mortal, Green Arrow is a perfect choice in the event the Gods Among Us need to be stopped by their fellows!

#3 Doctor Fate
Real Name: Kent Nelson
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #55 (1940)

When it comes to classic designs from the golden age of comics, it's tough to go past the all encompassing helmet of Dr. Fate! The golden Helm of Nabu was most famously worn by Kent Nelson, but several characters have donned the dramatic facade, transformed into a powerful sorcerer of order, in the process.

Whether you feel it necessary to specify magic as a "weakness," or not, Dr. Fate is a compelling adversary (or ally) to Superman and the other Gods Among Us. Ranking in the upper echelon of DC Universe powers, Fate was one of the few heroes of his time to hold membership with both the Justice League and Justice Society, occasionally shelved or hampered because of his cosmic scale. The in-game possibilities are vast and visually intriguing, in the right hands, offering the kind of versatility that could really fill the gaps after mechanics are mined for the other, more tactile powers.

#4 Nightwing
Real Name: Dick Grayson
First Appearance: Detective Comics #38 (1940)

In a game already confirmed to contain Batman, Nightwing could be seen as a somewhat redundant, if popular, inclusion. On the heels of the Arkham games and the end of a blockbuster movie trilogy, there's always the danger of too much Bat-family, not enough DCU. If Injustice really winds up being a battle between corrupted icons and the rest of the heroes, however, there's probably no one better to go toe-to-toe with Batman than his seasoned ward.

The former Robin famously matured into his own hero in the mid-eighties, paving the way for no less than two other boy wonders, and a girl. With a famous history as a circus acrobat, Nightwing should probably play like a faster, more agile Batman, throwing in the unique fighting tool of twin batons for tech heavy, intricate gaming.

#5 Hawkman
Real Name: Carter Hall
First Appearance: Flash Comics #1 (1940)

Possessing a famously confused history full of alien twists and reincarnating turns, there are really only a few things you need to know about Hawkman! First and foremost, he has functioning wings and a stylized helmet, which both clearly identity him as a hawk-like man. Less readily assumed is his offensive potential, which is where the wonderful world of medieval weaponry comes colliding with everything you thought you knew!

One of the sorely missed heroes who would've meshed well with an MK style in Versus; Hawkman's most famous weapons of choice include a fixed mace, spears, metal nets, the occasional battle axe, and a gravity wielding gauntlet of doom called the Claw of Horus. Bottom line -- Hawkman is a bad ass with a moral compas that readily accomodates the occasional brutality in the name of good!

#6 Atom
Real Name: Ray Palmer
First Appearance: Showcase #34 (1961)

Like most DC heroes, time has seen another character don the mantle, but in the absence of certainty, we're defaulting back to the original (for this version). By any alias, Atom is your quintessential shrinking hero, capable of manipulating his molecules to disappear to the sub-atomic level, whilst retaining the full focus of his potential mass.

Putting a spin on the invisibility mechanic made famous by Reptile, Atom offers the wholely unique and very fun potential for size-altered skills. If rapid enough, shrinking could become a valuable defensive evasion technique, while bouts as a truly miniature fighter could confound and baffle opponents! For theatrics, there's always the tried and true favourite of an Atom in the eardrum -- the kind of attack that's reliably toppled the heaviest hitters of the DC Universe.

#7 Black Canary
Real Name: Dinah Lance
First Appearance: Justice League of America #219 (1983)

One of the (rare) enduring figures in DC's pantheon of legacy heroes, Black Canary is the continuation of the Golden Age character of the same name, with all the modern benefits. Her trademark ultrasonic scream conjures more elaborate versions of MK's Sindel, with perhaps a cinematic approach fitting some of the sequences seen in initial Injustice previews.

A friend, ally and more to Green Arrow, Black Canary comes ready packed with some interesting associations for the story mode that is being touted as an even greater upgrade to MK's award winning fight-plot [via GameInformer]. Black Canary is one of DC's many renowned martial artists, but it all comes back to the canary cry, which would no doubt have a lot of interesting applications, playing in to arena interactivity with a little imagination.

#8 Sandman
Real Name: Wesley Dodds
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #40 (1939)

Let's face it. When it comes to fighting games, sometimes the visual is everything. In the case of the golden age Sandman, the tastefully eerie image of a man in gas mask is enough to sell a very atmospheric addition to a roster of Gods Among Us.

Depending on your references, Sandman has his own godly connections, but as a decidedly human hero, his skills would no doubt unfold as one of the gadget characters in Injustice. His patented gas gun makes for some obvious, traditional free-hit predicaments [with opponents put to sleep], but it also comes in a steel cable, harpoon variety, recalling another familiar method of a certain fighting game character. With Sandman, it really does boil down to a unique aesthetic, an advantage for a character who can be vehicle to whatever the imagination wants.

#9 The Question
Real Name: Vic Sage
First Appearance: Blue Beetle #1 (1967)

The character who inspired Watchmen's Rorschach -- The Question is of a much later vintage than The Sandman, but obviously owes a lot to the trenchcoated traditions of the evolving pulp heroes. A politically saturated character, his powers are all but non-existent, save for his development of keen martial arts skills learned from DC kung-fu fighter, Richard Dragon.

Envisioned over time with elements of mysticism and deep paranoia, The Question may have a part to play in the story mode, if nothing else. A mist emitting Question may run the risk of drawing comparison to a character like Smoke, but it would be the kind of drama that could really add something special to Injustice. The kind of aesthetic quality that would rival what Capcom has achieved with their less logically concerned convulsions with the Marvel characters.

The promise of threatening Gods Among Us and the tradition of mortal men fighting the super-powers makes The Question a perfect vessel for any plotted revelations that may need to spread. Injustice may be billed as an over-the-top fighter, but if characters like this can sneak some hand-to-hand skills, it will be a nice nod to the diversity of heroes and NetherRealm Studios' origins. Get some atmospheric gas swirling around the place, and you've got yourself a memorable character.

#10 Aquaman
Real Name: Arthur Curry
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (1941)

Quite possibly the most talked about character who didn't appear in Mortal Kombat versus DC Universe, Aquaman has battled ridicule and infamy at every turn for the last few decades. With the recent relaunch of the DC Comics line-up, Aquaman has been an obvious pet project, designed to be mocked no longer. With the grit he acquired in the nineties and an embellishment of classic facets, Aquaman is front-and-centre in the current DC Universe, all but assured a spot in any self-respecting DC fighter.

In a game that's pushing environmental interactivity, the unique potential of an acquatic theme, if not literal underwater combat, is too intriguing to pass up. As a power character, Aquaman obviously brings the standard array of liquid-theme attacks, with the summoning of off-screen whales always a contingency that could find its way into the super-moves system. Whatever the playable result, it seems the bigger surprise would be an Injustice without Aquaman. An injustice, indeed.

These are just ten of the characters we'd like to see in Injustice: Gods Among Us. In the coming week, we'll delve deeper into the DC Universe with 10 Villains. Share your Gods Among Us wishlist in the DC Universe Injustice forum. For more like our Facebook and follow @MK_Online.

MEGAFIREPosted: 06/17/2012 11:24 PMStatus ::


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Excellent list. The only character I'd add would be Blue Beetle. Most likely Jamie Reyes.

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ZmokePosted: 06/17/2012 11:28 PMStatus ::


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It's an interesting list. I wouldn't say that Aquaman was the most talked character that missed out MK/DC though. It was Harley Quinn.

Brainiac, General Zod and perhaps Bizarro would make great villains.

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Good list. With the focus on gadgets and powers Green Arrow could be an amazing addition.

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mainey16Posted: 06/18/2012 12:51 AMStatus ::


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ok list, but i would of had spawn and lobo

NS922Posted: 06/18/2012 01:26 AMStatus ::


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Having Martian Manhunter in the game would be awesome.

Vash_15Posted: 06/18/2012 01:56 AMStatus ::


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You listed Aquaman... but not Azrael. You're slipping Mick.

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How can you say Arrow is the only Task Force hero that missed MKvsDCU? Did you forget Aquaman, even though he's also on your list?

mainey16 Wrote:
ok list, but i would of had spawn and lobo

Spawn's not DC and Lobo is not a hero. And as long as we're picking nits, it's "have" not "of".

EdenianNinjaPosted: 06/18/2012 03:10 AMStatus ::


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ugh

Honestly, this game looks amazing and I will most likely buy it.

But wth? It bugs me that its NOT a Mortal Kombat game. I would have loved seeing all of these cool new features and graphics on Mortal Kombat characters :/


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I like the list so far. Juuuust I'm not a big fan of Aquaman. Put in Zatanna goddammit.

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Darkhound74Posted: 06/18/2012 04:22 AMStatus ::


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I was praying as I went down the list that Aquaman would appear in the top ten.

But overall this is a pretty solid list.



MKKitanaPosted: 06/18/2012 04:58 AMStatus ::


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NO particularly bothered about Atom or BC but pretty decent list. Also they could add the female version of Question, that way theyd have the character represented and up the number of ladies (which is usually lacking in fighting games).

I would really hope for

Batwoman
Poison Ivy
Zatanna
Circe

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Aquaman, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg, and Green Arrow are all locks to be included in my opinion, along with all of the previous inclusions in MK v.s. DCU.

Wildcard for me would be:

Black Canary
The Atom
Red Tornado
Plastic Man (I love Elongated Man, but he's in comic-limbo, so Plastic Man is the obvious 'stretchy-guy' choice)

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That is a pretty good list. I think that Sandman and The Question would likely be replaced by Captain Marvel and Cyborg. I REALLY hope Dr. Fate makes it in. Either he or Zatanna need to be included to add some diversity. We all know that GL will be in as well. For the heroes I see:

Superman
Wonder Woman
Batman
Flash
*Martian Manhunter
*Green Lantern
Dr. Fate/Zatanna
Black Canary
*Hawkman (girl)
*Captain Marvel
Cyborg
*Aquaman
Nightwing
*Green Arrow
Atom (or possibly Captain Atom)


As for villains, there are so many to choose from that it's hard to guess. I think based on the trailer we'll be seeing Luthor and Captain Cold/Mr. Freeze/Killer Frost. (Given that person was fighting Flash, I'm going to go with CC). I think we're also likely to get a Wonder Woman villain, so my money is on Circe. I'd be shocked if Catwoman and Joker do not make another appearance. I would have said Doomsday is a sure thing, but with Grundy already confirmed, he might be redundant. For villains,

Grundy
Harley Quinn
*Luthor
*Joker
*Catwoman
*Captain Cold
*Deathstroke
Circe
Lobo
Black Adam (like Sinestro, might be too similar to his hero counter)
Sinestro
Bane (with the last Batman movie coming out this year, he seems likely)

Those with an asterisk are almost certain in my mind.



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I'd take all those, Maybe swapping Atom for Red Tornado.

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EdenianNinja Wrote:
ugh



Honestly, this game looks amazing and I will most likely buy it.



But wth? It bugs me that its NOT a Mortal Kombat game. I would have loved seeing all of these cool new features and graphics on Mortal Kombat characters :/





Mortal Kombat Already revolutionized fighting games, lets give something else a chance to.

Here's my list of heroes.

Martian Manhunter
Green Arrow
Aquaman
Nightwing
Robin
Azreal
Plastic Man
Steel
Power Girl
Hawkman

ShaolinChuanPosted: 06/18/2012 08:45 AMStatus ::


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I was just remembering that Family Guy episode with Aquaman and lol'ed..

But yeah, I am really interested seeing NRS version of Aquaman.

That's a good list, Nightwing should be a must and I think Ed pretty much confirmed it by not de-confirming him when asked on twitter a short while back and plus WB already put him in Arkham City so I expect he has a very good chance of being in Injustice.

Dragonkeeper1982Posted: 06/18/2012 09:20 AMStatus ::


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Somewhat good list, I can't believe they put a Watchmen character or Sandman in that list. Sandman would probably play like Scarecrow/Freddy Krueger, yet he's not been wanted on ANY site by ANYONE, lol, was a big oddball.

We really do need some: Zatanna, Red Tornado, Swamp Thing, and Plastic Man.

Now if we don't see Poison Ivy, Doomsday, and Lobo on that villain list, then somethings wrong!!!

RazorsEdge701Posted: 06/18/2012 09:29 AMStatus ::


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Sinestro better be on that villains list.

And I'd like to see somebody from the Flash rogues (who isn't Professor Zoom. I can approve of multiple Lanterns since they can all make different constructs, but not two speedsters). Adaptations often ignore them, but I'd love me some Captain Cold...or Mirror Master could at least bring something unique to the table in the special moves department. Well...unique compared to everyone else in the game. Thinking about it, it occurs to me that his moves would work just like Noob's clones and black hole.

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Where's Swamp Thing?

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JAX007Posted: 06/18/2012 02:52 PMStatus ::


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I'm expecting a lot of Batman characters and honestly, I don't really mind; there are many great characters there.

Joker, Catwoman, Bane and Nightwing; I wouldn't be surprised.

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Dragonkeeper1982 Wrote:
Somewhat good list, I can't believe they put a Watchmen character or Sandman in that list. Sandman would probably play like Scarecrow/Freddy Krueger, yet he's not been wanted on ANY site by ANYONE, lol, was a big oddball.



We really do need some: Zatanna, Red Tornado, Swamp Thing, and Plastic Man.



Now if we don't see Poison Ivy, Doomsday, and Lobo on that villain list, then somethings wrong!!!


Though I am not sure, I believe the question is not watchmen character, they simply based him upon the character..

But seriously... the question... why it's on the list.. I can't comprehend

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When will ten villans list be out?

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Though I am not sure, I believe the question is not watchmen character, they simply based him upon the character..

But seriously... the question... why it's on the list.. I can't comprehend

Rorschach's based off of The Question and is not in The Watchmen. As for why include him, well, it's because he rocks. A normal guy with some interesting gadgets and with a fun personality makes for a good character.

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I like this list except I would replace Question (as much as I love him) and Sandman.

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