Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hopeful characters for Injustice

Confession, I like comic books.  DC, Marvel, I don't really care.   I find the stories can be interesting, the art gorgeous, and when done well it can be jaw dropping how they make you feel. 

And while I like All ages ones that appreciate the inherit silliness of comics (Looks at Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures, and Super Hero Squad) comics can be dramatic and that is great. For example.... see Tiny Titans vs DCAU

 ((To be fair, Batcow Beyond IS in a dream and is fighting against the Justice League of fruit.  There is a normal Batcow, Aquacow, and flamecow that lives in normal Tiny Titans continuity.  There is not a Justice League of Fruit in TT continuity.))

So, I'm actually kind of excited for Injustice.  As I have no idea how to play fighting games (seriously, I have had Brawl for years and every attempt to try to get me to learn the buttons has failed)  I won't get it, but I am fully enjoying this character list.

The current roster is:
  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • Catwoman
  • The Joker
  • Harley Quinn
  • Bane
  • Superman
  • Lex Luthor
  • Green Lantern
  • Sinestro
  • Solomon Grundy
  • Green Arrow
  • The Flash
  • Aquaman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Hawkgirl
  • Cyborg
  • Deathstroke
  • Shazam/Captain Marvel
In addition, Raven, Robin, Doomsday, Ares, and Black Adam have been spotted but it is unknown if they will be playable.

But with all this history, who else should come in?  (Please note the length of my dream list and realize that a lot of this will be reaching.)

Katana (Katana, Justice League of America, Birds of Prey)
Tatsu, a swordswoman from Japan, had two wonderful brothers as suitors.  She chose one, the other joined the Yakuza, became interested in mystical weapons, then killed his brother and Tatsu's and the brother's children with a sword that absorbs souls.  Tatsu took the sword, found out she could hear her husband in it, and ever since then she has been working to dismantle the Yakuza and protect innocents.  A member of several groups, she is also one of DC's rising stars (She will be on Beware the Batman and has her own solo series in addition to JLA)  And is a master swordswoman.  She can easily handle herself in battle and can often go for the kill, or disable the opponent. Likely.

 Black Canary: (Birds of Prey, Justice League, Justice League (Unlimited), Young Justice).  Dinah Lance was rescued from the filler group by Gail Simone.   Now one of their lead second string heroines, Dinah Lance is a charter and permenant member of any Birds of Prey team. In addition to her potentially lethal Canary Cry, she's a master of hand to hand combat and has been the leader of the Justice League.    She has a very good chance at getting in, at the very least as DLC.

J'onn J'onnzz (Justice League, Justice League (Unlimited), Justice League of America).  Depending on the continuity, he is either the last Martian or one of a thriving race.  Regardless, one must speak of his cleverness.  He may be super strong, can phase through objects, read minds, possibly some telekinses, eye beams, and can transform his body, part of his skill is in HOW he uses it so he can do the job quickly and with the least amount of hassle. However, that also includes making sure the most people are safe. He doesn't lobotomize if he can help it. Almost guaranteed.

Hawkeye (Justice League/Avengers)  No, I'm not joking.  Hawkeye is actually the only Marvel character to be canonically allowed into the Justice League.  He and Flash saved the day when... okay.  I'm honestly not entire sure what exactly went down. I need to read the trade.  Point is, it's canon.  Hawkeye (at least until the  New 52. I'm not sure the status now)  is on the roll of the Justice League and that image is not photoshopped.  However, this will NEVER happen in game.  Would be great though!

Big Barda: (Birds of Prey, Justice League, Mister Miracle, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Brave and the Bold).  You do not mess with Big Barda.  At All.  Ever.  A woman of Apokolyps (Where they are all gigantic, powerful, and generally villanous)  she escaped Darkseid's mind control/brainwashing and returned to earth.  She's a giant, pure muscle, loves battle, has been known to forget about bullet wounds, and cares for everyone she can find.  She also uses a gigantic mace as a weapon and can warp with a boom tube. Fifty fifty.

Vigilante (Greg Sanders): (Action Comics, Justice League Unlimited).  He's a cowboy on a motorcycle.  Quite frankly, this is all you need to know.  If you can, watch "Patriot Act" from the "Justice League" TV series to see him really play out.  He's also very good in "Hunter's Moon".  We have very few ranged fights.  Long shot.

Shining Knight: (Justice League Unlimted, Adventure Comics) Don't let the horse fool you.  This is a knight out of time.  Torn from the time of King Arthur, this knight uses his powerful sword, shield, and winged horse to protect the poor and downtrodden.  See "Patriot Act" again, and keep in mind we don't have a pure sword/shield combo on the team yet.  This is also a long shot.

Starfire: (Teen Titans, Red Hood and the Outlaws)  An alien adrift in a new planet, Starfire's power run on her emotions and she has a focus on energy blasts (aside from strength, flight, etc) She would also be a distant fighter, but she can fight hand to hand.  Plus, she would be a lot of fun to watch.  Decent chance at getting in, even better when you consider the other titans in the game.

Brainiac: (Action Comics, Justice League (Unlimted), Superman: The Animated Series).  Accept it now, Braniac can not be killed.  He is a computer in a constantly replicating tissue based body.  He goes to absorb data from worlds, then he destroys them.  He copies himself into powerful duplicates.  He's a planner more than anything, but beware when he fights.  Also likely to get in, Superman needs a few more villains.

Gorilla Grodd: (Flash, Justice League (Unlimted)): A super strong, super intelligent gorilla with the ability to read minds, control people, create illusions, and psionic blasts.  A powerful foe, in comics and tv.  It's a bit more complicated to do him in a game.  Most of the super strong/hulk smash items can be done by Solomon Grundy.  His Psionic abilities could be put in, but might be a bit limited to pull off, especially telepathy.  Entirely possible, but as a mix between J'onnn and Grundy it would be unadvisable.  Unlikely.

Black Manta: (Aquaman, Young Justice, Justice League Unlimted, Batman:TBATB):  Various origin stories, but it ends up with a man in  a very capable suit.  More than able to breathe underwater, he can also survive it's depths, which means he is very strong on land.  He also has an assortment of weapons at his disposal.  Likelyhood:  Somewhat.  If they use all the various weapons, it would differentiate him from Deathstroke and Aquaman.

Huntress: (Birds of Prey, Justice League Unlimited, Arrow, The Huntress, Sensation comics).  There are two Huntresses.  One is Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of a Mafia don.  The other is Helena Wayne: Bruce Wayne's and Selina Kyle's daughter from an alternate universe.  Good with hand to hand, better with her crossbow.  Possibility: Likely, but in DLC.  There are a lot of bat characters, we have few distance characters, and Helena has appeared in several other media.

Static Shock: (Static Shock, Static, Justice League, Teen Titans, Young Justice) Doused with chemicals as a side event in an intercity gang war, he gained the ability to manipulate and create electricity, electro magnetic fields, magnetism itself, wireless signals, etc.  Likelyhood: Very.  Ever since the Static Shock TV show, Static has been a very popular character.  His power set is very different from the other announced characters, and he has shown up in alternate media beside from his TV show. In addition, there are a lot of white characters in the game right now. If you have any more doubts, look at Cole in Playstation Allstars or Street Fighter X Tekken.  Static would be somewhat similar.

Felix Faust: (Justice League of America, Justice League Unlimted) A magician who sold his soul  in order to gain enough power in order to alter reality itself, Felix Faust is a master sorcerer.  Sometimes he needs to read scrolls to focus the power, sometimes he doesn't.  He's summoned demons, turned people to stone, and there are partically no magic users at his caliber.In fact, there are no pure magic users currently in the game.  Possibility: somewhat.   He's a prominent and powerful sorcerer, but others are better known.

Captain Cold:(Showcase, Flash Villain): Like most Flash villains, Captain Cold doesn't need any powers.  Instead, he's the only DC rogue to master "Absolute Zero" temperatures.  Not even Mister Freeze can do that.  His ice guns have abilities which range from creating ice for Flash (and others) to slip on to freezing everything in a certain radius, to creating a field of absolute zero so nothing moves at all.  Likelihood: somewhat.  Flash's villains aren't well known, but more elementals are needed and Captain Cold has a unique skill set. However, if it's based on popularity, Mister Freeze may be chosen but the developers should consider other rogue galleries, especially as the Batfam has a majority of the character slots.

Krypto the Superdog: (Action Comics)/Ace the Bathound (Batman)/Dex-Starr (Red Lantern):  These are the joke characters.  While all are dangerous in their own rights, it would be.... unique to see them play out.  Krypto is Superman's pet and possesses the general Superman powers.  Ace is Bruce Wayne's pet, and that's it.  Dex-Starr is a stray cat who watched his owner(up to that point, the only person nice to him) be murdered, was thrown out of the house, and then some boys threw him off a bridge.  That was then the red lantern ring found him and he proceeded to kill the boys.    Likelyhood:  Not much.  These would require a completely unique set of models and animations, because they all run on four legs.  That being said, they are joke/bonus characters and the developers may want to put in the effort. 

Vixen: (Action comics, Justice League Unlimited, Justice League of America, Batman: the Brave and the Bold):  Vixen possesses a totem which allows her to imitate the skills of any animal.  Living, Dead, mythical, domesticated, wild,  whatever.  She can fly like a hawk, regenerate like a salamander, breathe fire like a salamander, grow a rhinoceros hide, and has been known to imitate human, meta, and alien powers such as Superman or The Flash.  Vixen is one tough lady.  Posibility: Fifty fifty. While she has a heightened profile due to Justice League, and a great skill set, she is at most a B lister and her skill set might be too varied.  I want to see her in, as she would greatly spice up the gameplay.

The Atom (Ryan Choi): (Brave New World, Batman: Brave and the Bold, The All New Atom): One of the most popular versions of The Atom, Ryan Choi skills actually lie in the scientific field.  After he inherited a "Biobelt"  from Ray Palmer, Ryan Choi became The Atom and gained the ability to manipulate both his size and density.  Likelihood: fifty-fifty.  The Atom (in general) is a somewhat known hero and Ryan Choi is a favorite Atom.  However his abilities might prove difficult to program and/or create a varied attack pattern. He is more likely to appear as a non fighter.

Cheshire: (Young Justice, Teen Titans, Secret Six) : a deadly assassin, this triple jointed young woman is one of the deadliest hand to hand combatants (including mastering skills thought lost), poisons her long fingernails and her weapons, and is extremely quick for a human being.  Likelihood:  fifty/fifty.  Young Justice has increased her profile, and it is more recent than Justice League.  We also have very few short ranged weapons attackers.  Her main draw back is she isn't a drawing name such as "Hawkgirl" or "Wonder Woman." 

Blue Beetle ( Ted Kord): Inheriting the Blue Beetle mantle from Dan Garret, Ted Kord couldn't figure out how to make the Beetle work, so he adapted the theme, created tech, and focused on strategy.  Guy Gardner has claimed he's smarter than Batman.  Posibility: Not likely.  While he would be great (and he has hover tech!) his flash/air gun can only get him so far.  Otherwise, it's a luigification of Batman. 

 Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes): ( Blue Beetle, Smallville, Batman: Brave and the Bold, Young Justice) The third Blue Beetle, and the only one to fully integrate with the Armor, Jaime Reyes has alien tech welded to his spine that not only adapts to his will, but has a murderous little voice too. Likelihood: Very.  This Blue Beetle is VERY adaptable in canon (sonic blasts, wings, giant stapler type stuff) and the Beetle can turn power hungry.  In addition, he's prominent in the outside media and his arc is the current main one in Young Justice.

Beast Boy: (Teen Titans, Young Justice, The Doom Patrol) A former member of the Doom Patrol (Don't let the name fool you, they're heroes) Beast Boy is a noted, but reluctant, tatician and can physically transform into any animal he's seen and occassionally mythological creatures.  Likelihood:  75/25:  He's a well known hero due to his alternate media and can be a draw.  However, his constant shifting would make it difficult to program.  Vixen could fit the animal items better since she only adapts abilities. But she may not have the namedraw.

 Booster Gold: A Janitor who stole super hero gear from the 25th century, he returned to ours to be a hero.  General "Flying Brick" powers, energy gauntlets, and the ability to see rips in time and space.  Likelihood:  Not very, except as a story only character.  He's somewhat known in outside media, but his power set is already in use.

Poison Ivy: (Birds of Prey, Batman, Gotham City Sirens, various villain leagues in various comics) Pamela Isley received an overdose of a toxin.  She's now part plant.  Immune to poison, regnerative abilities, and can control plants, she's fearsome enough without her mind influencing abilities. Likelihood: Above average.  The fact there is a lot of Batfam is both for and against her. In addition, she would be a great long distance, provided plants will automatically grow for her. She's also well known, a draw, and has a very unique powerset, though manipulation will be out.  It boils down to whether or not they want another Batfam in the group.


Cheetah : (Wonder Woman, various villain team ups)  The powered version of Cheetah has the abilities of the cheetah.  Speed, claws, nightvision, hunting instincts.  She's lethal in the right hands.  Likelihood: very.  She's easily one of Wonder Woman's best known enemies, she's appeared in alternate media, and we have very few female or visceral villains.  The main issue would be differentiating her from Catwoman.

Razer (Green Lantern: The Animated Series):  A new lantern for the series, Razer is one of the few heroic Red ones, at least in the show.  He became a Lantern after Atrocitous killed his wife.  Originally obsessed with destroying the Green Lanterns, the Lanterns he met offered him a second chance and forgiveness.  This has slowly won him over.  He's a longshot.  While interesting, he's not well known outside of GLTAS circles (where he's a main character on the show, but was created for the show) and his abilities would not stretch much farther than any other Lantern, and we already have Hal and Sinestro.  DLC possible.

Starling (Birds of Prey):  Widely considered one of, if not the only, good thing about the New 52, Starling is slightly foul mouthed, a drinker, and more than capable in Hand to Hand and gun fights.  She also has a running gag of driving cars into churches.  Honestly, read Birds of Prey to see her amazingness.  Long shot, but possible.  While she's very popular, she has only existed for about 2 years.  Because of that, she has no alternate media to draw upon. She has yet to appear in any TV show, so she has no voice casted as of yet.  However, time seems to be the only major problem. DLC is an option.

Stephanie Brown/Cassandra Cain. (Batgirl)  These two girls are NOT interchangeable.  However, this list is way too long and it won't happen. Why?  Despite the numbers these two girls pulled, how inspiring they were to many people, how many times they are requested at conventions... someone at DC considers these two toxic and refuses for anyone to use them in any way.   

Zatanna:  (Hawkman, Zatanna, Justice League Dark):  DC's most powerful and prominent magic user, Zatanna focuses spells by speaking backwards and the magic does whatever she wants.  No, really, she's gone from gagging villians, to manipulating elements, to merging Aquaman's soul with the ocean, to manipulating time, space, and reality.  Likelihood:  Very.  If they can get a spell list straightened out, she would be a very nice pick. Inventive, powerful, and a very good tool.

There are a lot more characters I would love to see.  Aya (GLTAS), Catman (Secret Six), Deadshot (Secret Six),  Aqualad (Young Justice)  Miss Martian (Teen Titans/Young Justice),   Johan Hex (All Star Western), Wonder Girl (Teen Titans, Wonder Woman),  Kilowag (Green Lantern, GLTAS), Tomar Re (Green Lantern), Doctor Fate, Fire, Ice, Vibe, POWERGIRL...

But this has taken me too much time as it is.  And quite a few won't make it on here, even as DLC.  

So, the question is, who do you want to see in the game?  Is it someone on the list? or someone I didn't mention? Do you disagree with any of my ideas?  Or with my probabilities?

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