In 2013, NetherRealms Studios, known for the Mortal Kombat franchise, worked with Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment to publish a cross company game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, a 2.5D fighting game that draws mechanics from Mortal Kombat, but utilizes characters from the DC Universe. The game performed very well upon release, becoming the highest selling game of April, and winning several fighting game of the year awards.
However, the focus of this article is on the tie-in comic book series, Injustice: Gods Among Us, that has gone on to become a successful franchise in and of itself, publishing four volumes, each a different year, in the Injustice Universe that elaborates on the tragedies that take place: familiar friends dying, and turning on one another, and Superman's descent into total madness.
These are my top 6 moments in Injustice that will make it your top comic of the year!
6. Superman Kills Lois Lane... And His Unborn Child
The story of Injustice starts in an alternate universe of our DC Universe, where the Joker tricked Superman with fear toxin into seeing his wife, Lois Lane, as Doomsday, which causes Superman to launch her into space with the force of a meteorite, killing his beloved soulmate, and their unborn child with whom she was pregnant.
5. Superman Kills The Joker
On his return to Earth, Superman makes a beeline for the Joker, despite the concerned shouts of his friends and Batman to stop and think about his actions, Superman delivers a fatal blow through Joker's chest.
4. Batman Fights Against The Man Of Steel
After crossing this line, Superman goes on a dictatorial spree, commandeering the Justice League Watchtower to scan the world for problems of any sort, and then attending to them in person. He ignores diplomacy, protocol, and treaties between America and other nations in order to deliver his own brand of new justice wherever necessary.
Eventually, other heroes who see Superman in the right join him in becoming protective dictators of Earth, instead of simply being guardians. Among these heroes, Batman is noticeably gone.
Batman believes that Superman's new take on being a hero has gone too far, and is bordering a dictatorship that scares the people that he is trying to protect.
Because of this, Bruce has declared war on Superman, forming his own resistance to bring down the Man of Steel and his supposed reign of terror.
3. Nightwing Dies
During battle at Blackgate prison, Damian (who is Robin at this time) throws an Escrima stick at Nightwing in annoyance, expecting the former boy wonder to dodge, but Nightwing is struck in the temple, and falls backwards, breaking his neck.
Batman, in a rare show of compassion, pushes his biological son aside to attend to his first son.
The fallout is painful, drawn out, and everyone in the room, whether they're a convict, hero, villain, or otherwise, silences themselves to pay respect to this fallen hero.
2. Superman Kills Green Arrow
In a strike raid on the Fortress of Solitude, Green Arrow, to his surprise, finds Superman's parents hiding in the shelter. Superman returns to his Fortress in anger, thinking that Green Arrow was endangering the lives of his parents. Although the sharpshooter put up a valiant effort, in the end, he perished at the hands of the dictatorial Superman.
1. Batman Kills The Joker
During a magically induced coma, Superman dreams back to the moment where Joker poisons him with fear toxins. This time, Batman is able to warn him in time that Doomsday was just Lois, and Superman is able to stop himself. Batman proceeds to drive the Joker back to Arkham Asylum, but instead of dropping him off, Batman finishes off the Clown Prince of Crime once and for all, with a snap to the neck.
This is one of my favorite scenes in all of Injustice because of how it illustrates that Superman, at a subconscious level, never wanted to take power into his own hands, he misses being the boy-scout that everyone would smile at and cheer on. He never wanted to kill the Joker. The scene reveals a lot about Superman's psyche as well: he implicitly trusts Batman to do what needs to be done, despite having let the Joker escape many times before, and that Superman, in the end, believes that only Batman can put an end to things.
So what are you waiting for? Check out Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 1! And tell me about your favorite moments below!