10 Years On Injustice Deserves So Much Recognition
NetherRealm Studios have been making waves for nearly 15 years – ever since Midway shut its doors and Ed Boon took control of Mortal Kombat after Midway went bankrupt, rising from its ashes with Ed’s team to reboot it and launch MK12. While Mortal Kombat series have continued their dominance – MK12 seemingly being planned as their next release – some credit should also go to Injustice which recently celebrated ten years of operation today!
On first blush, Injustice: Gods Among Us may appear like just another superhero fighting game with no groundbreaking concepts to offer; its plotline has been replicated across comics and media for some time: what if Superman were misbehaving after being tricked into killing Lois Lane by villainous forces such as Red Son? Injustice focuses in on this concept specifically as its focal point – though Red Son had dealt with similar ideas prior to Injustice being released as mainstream culture content.
No doubt the appeal of Injustice stemmed from being the first DC fighting game released since Mortal Kombat, or simply due to being such a novel concept for an unsuspecting populace – whether due to being first, its connection to Mortal Kombat, or simply from its novelty value for newcomers; nevertheless it was clear that Injustice had thrust Evil Superman concepts into popular culture at an astounding speed. Granted other media had done their bit but Without Injustice its prevalence might have taken much longer!
Without Injustice, one could argue we would never have experienced games such as Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League which allows Brainiac to mind control many members in the Hall of Heroes–including Superman himself! Furthermore, TV series like The Boys may never have reached its incredible success either: though Garth Ennis wrote the original comic book series itself back in 2008 (after its initial release), its film adaptation hadn’t received greenlight until after Injustice released.
Following its launch Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and Eric Kripke pitched pitch was approved and The Boys became cultural phenomenon all its own right!
Anthony Starr’s Homelander stands as the ideal representation of an evil Superman; just my humble opinion.
While Injustice might only have an indirect relationship to The Boys, its success and notoriety cannot be denied. Much like Harley Quinn making an unexpected transition into DC Universe mainstay status from being just another side character on an animated Batman show to becoming its mainstay character, Injustice has seen incredible growth as both prequel/spinoff comics, an animated movie adaptation as well as two video game releases; third game could certainly add something special as well!
Injustice should not just be remembered for its portrayal of Superman as the Evil Superhero though; its development helped enhance Mortal Kombat as a whole – specifically through stage interactions.
Fans of Injustice found its stage interactions to enhance each hero’s powers while giving players more options during fights to attack or defend, so much so that NetherRealm Studios included this feature in Mortal Kombat X and MK 11.
At this point, it appears as if Injustice 3 could never come, given NetherRealm’s focus on Mortal Kombat at present. Should they ever find time or resources available to them to develop it properly and create it once again – they might even set off an entire superhero trend!