Five Characters I Want To See In Injustice 2
New details for NetherRealm’s upcoming DC brawler sequel Injustice 2 will no doubt continue to trickle in over the coming months, and with the game’s new visual polish, updated fighting mechanics, and unique new features such as customizable gear loadouts, there’s plenty to look forward to. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is especially interested in hearing about which new DC faces will be showing up as part of Injustice 2’s roster. Now, granted, the original Injustice: Gods Among Us had an impressively diverse cast of iconic DC heroes and villains, but the beauty about the DC universe is that there’s always room for more. Below are my top five picks for fighters who should step into the Injustice 2 ring.
The original Boy Wonder Dick Grayson has already entered the fray as Nightwing, but there have been several other individuals since who have taken up the mantle of Batman’s sidekick Robin. Tim Drake seems like an obvious choice given his recent appearances in Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham games (and he could even be rocking his more evolved Red Robin attire), but his preferred weapon, a collapsible Bo staff, might clash with Nightwing’s use of the escrima sticks/staff combo. Another option would be former-Robin-turned-violent-anti-hero Jason Todd, a.k.a. Red Hood but again, his preference towards dual pistols might overlap too much with other gun-wielding characters like Harley Quinn and Deathstroke. And speaking of Deathstroke….
Deathstroke (Arkham Origins)
I’m sure that everybody’s favorite one-eyed assassin will be making an encore appearance in Injustice 2, I’m just hoping he has a slightly more diverse wardrobe this time around. Deathstroke’s available outfits in the original Injustice were varied, but they mainly catered to fans of his earlier incarnations. I’d love to be able to dress Injustice 2’s version of Slade Wilson up in the sleeker, more modern threads he sported in Batman: Arkham Origins, especially since an Arkham Origins version of Deathstroke was later added to the Injustice mobile game.
While Green Arrow’s crime-fighting companion Black Canary is technically part of the Injustice universe thanks to her appearances both in the Injustice comic series and as a support card in the Injustice mobile game, she never showed up in Injustice: Gods Among Us which is a shame since, if you take out the Batman characters and iconic mainstays like Wonder Woman, the first game’s roster of female characters was noticeably light. In fact, Injustice 2 could use more Green Arrow characters in general, and Black Canary is a recognizable and obvious choice.
Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
The Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl proved to be one of the most popular (both from a casual and competitive perspective) DLC characters for the original Injustice, but as any Batman aficionado knows, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter isn’t the only woman to have worn the Batgirl cowl. Cassandra Cain, the darker, more violent take on the Batgirl character, was actually featured as an unlockable character in the Injustice mobile game, but she never appeared in the game’s console/PC counterpart. If Batgirl were to come back for Injustice 2, I’m sure fans would appreciate being able to play as both the Barbara Gordon and the Cassandra Cain versions, even if one was simply an alternate outfit of the other.
If, after Black Canary and Batgirl, NetherRealm was still looking for female combatants to fill out the Injustice 2 roster, another ideal choice would be the crossbow-wielding vigilante Huntress. Huntress’s usage of twin crossbows combined with her mastery of hand-to-hand combat would make her into an excellent multi-range combatant, and her multiple incarnations over the years would also give NetherRealm plenty of material to work with when it came to designing her various character skins. She would, admittedly, be yet another Batman universe character taking up a roster slot, but considering how versatile a fighter she could be, I’m sure most players wouldn’t mind.