Mortal Kombat Studio Working On DC Fighting Game, Injustice: Gods Among Us

By Ishaan . May 31, 2012 . 8:26am


Remember Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? The crossover fighting game was Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios’ last project, prior to being acquired by Warner Bros. and getting to work on the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot. Now, after taking a break from DC’s characters, NetherRealm are returning to them again, in a fighting game titled Injustice: Gods Among Us.


While the name may not give it away, Injustice: Gods Among Us is a pure DC Universe fighting game with an original story, featuring characters like Batman, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and others. Gamespot put an announcement trailer for the game up this morning (above).


“We can’t wait to reveal Injustice: Gods Among Us because it will give our fans and gamers an epic experience as they battle like gods as their favorite DC Comics villains and heroes,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios.  “Our team is excited to make a fighting game that is filled with fast-paced action, incredible story-telling and iconic DC Comics characters.”


Injustice: Gods Among Us is scheduled for release in 2013 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.

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  • SirRichard

    Including The Flash just isn’t fair on everyone else, let’s be honest here.

    On the other hand, the opportunity to train up on it and challenge a friend to a Batman VS Superman fight to end that debate once and for all is far too tempting a premise for a game, I gotta say. Keeping my eye on this!

    • Godmars

      What wouldn’t be fair is if Superman punched someone into orbit then back to the ground is a super move instead of a finisher. Nevermind that most of the “fighters” on the roster – Batman especially – would be pulverized on the first punch.

      • Joom

        Not to mention that The Flash shouldn’t even be able to be punched. How do you hit someone that’s faster than the speed of light?

        • Solomon_Kano

          We’re gonna have to let it slide. I figure Bats probably wouldn’t be here at all if there was some sort of logic, since he’d probably prepare for this all anyway.

    • Anime10121

       Aint Supe’s supposed to be as fast as Flash or am I understanding it wrong (again coming from someone who knows little of DC’s universe but is intrigued by the game nontheless)?

      • SirRichard

        The Flash is the most broken of heroes when you think about it; the Speed Force basically lets him do whatever the hell he wants. He can make every individual atom that makes him up vibrate so fast that they pass through matter, he can add Superman-levels of kinetic force to his attacks with incredible ease and then there’s the whole “faster than light” thing.

        If this game were completely honest about the powers and abilities of DC heroes, it would come down to The Flash and Superman, and it’s very likely that The Flash would win.

        • Rohan Viajar

          To be fair, Flash doesn’t have Superman’s indestructibility.
          plus Flash has a fast metabolism so he has to eat a lot and stuff right?
          so he would get pretty tired fast.

          Superman I think would win out of the fact he can last longer.

        • kylehyde
          • Solomon_Kano

            I still remember when I first saw that on TV. I never cared for the Flash much, but that solidified him as an awesome character. Balance won’t let him be that strong, but damn if he couldn’t beat everyone they’ve shown for the game so far.

          • Testsubject909

            Thought exercise.

            What sort of awesome Fatalities could he do if he was a guest character in MK with no restrictions whatsoever, no censors either.

          • Solomon_Kano


            He’d have that clip from JLU above, for one. Past that, he’d probably vibrate his hand into the opponent’s chest and vibrate their heart right out the other side. Run til he makes a vacuum and… well, let it do what vacuums do. And so on.

          • Testsubject909

            I would like to note. The shockwaves he’d reach from such high speeds should actually cause catastrophic destruction to everywhere he’s been not to mention the wake left in his trail which should actually… You know what? Comic book physics.

        • Guest

           Superman could just freeze him or toss him into the Sun

          • Testsubject909

            If he can catch him and I’ve seen the flash run through an iceberg by vibrating to the point where his atoms were separate enough that he could pass through solid matter while simultaneously maintaining his forward motion…

        • Testsubject909

          Faster then light…

          Reminds me, the last time I saw a Justice League animated movie.

          Superman outflew a rocket that was going to hit the sun in 5 minutes…

          Came back from his trip, 1 minute later, to tell the guys the rocket was going to hit in 4 minutes…

          Superman flew to and back from the earth to the sun… in 30 seconds each…

          When the light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach us…

          With a rocket that can reach the sun in 5 minutes.

      • Christopher Hughes

        There’s a pretty awesome quote from Flash: Rebirth, where Supes is running next to the Flash and insists that he can catch Flash because Superman has won some of their races in the past. Flash responds “Those were for charity, Clark.”

        His powerset is fairly ridiculous. People often quote that he can run faster than light, but that’s actually kind of slow for the Flash, there have been a couple instances where he’s been shown to have ran 50,000+ times the speed of light.

        He can also run faster than the concepts of “death” and “time”. So yeah, he’s a silly character is what I’m getting at here.

        This is a tangential thought, but I often think of the Flash as the Shiki Tohno of the DC universe.

  • kylehyde

    One of the things that I hate (yeah I know that is a really strong word) about the new 52 is what they have done with the look of Harley Quinn, seriously is not anymore the great character that was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.

    On topic, I don’t know what to think about this, except that I hope that it turns better (a lot better) than MK vs DC. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • Anime10121

    Looks great so far! Just hoping this actually turns out better than the crapfest that was Marvel Nemesis (or whatever the name of that craptastic fighter made by EA was called) and this is coming from a Marvel Fan who knows nothing about DC other than extremely basic concepts of Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, SuperMan, and Green Lantern.  Although considering this game is actually from a team with REAL fighting genre experience, I have high hopes for it, hopefully better than MK vs. DC though.

  • Hating Ass Nigga


    • kazdamaz


      • its a Marvel Character haha

        • Solomon_Kano

          I think ya missed the joke, bub.

          • Testsubject909

            Don’t worry about it mon ami.

  • AzureNova

    I have to admit, that wasn’t bad =)

  • veruses

    If it aims for a M Rating… You got me at day one!

  • SLick123456789111

    Bad a** gameplay.
    I’m interested to see the Config for this.

  • This sounds very interesting. I enjoyed MK vs. DCU so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one. Especially since there’s going to be a Wii-U release. 

  • And it has the awful, Joker wannabe “Harley,” not the actual Harley Quinn.

    Not buying. Until the real Harley Quinn returns, DC Comics properties are dead to me. It doesn’t matter that this is likely an alternate universe version of her, if the company is going to try and completely kill off the real Harley from everything and replace her with some half-assed Jokerette that has Harley’s name slapped on her then my desire for their content is dead too.

    • Guest

       wow take a chill pill dude its not that serious

      • I’m sick of seeing all of these companies act like their old characters are worthless or that they need to be completely ripped apart and changed to fit whatever sales gimmicks they think will sell more copies of whatever crap they make.

        I like the real Harley. She was a fun, playful character I enjoyed reading and watching. And now she’s gone because some asses decided kiddies need her to be Joker with tits.

        • Guest

           and how many times have characters changed, been swapped or whatever during the last 60 years in comic history. Its nothing new. Deal with it

          • The difference is those characters changed because storylines evolved to let them change, and typically the core of the character remains intact even while they change. What they did to Harley Quinn was take a great character and throw away all that history so they could reboot her into being a completely different character that doesn’t deserve her codename.

            The new “Harley Quinn” wasn’t a result of years of storylines that brought her into a completely different personality and theme to her identity, it was a result of editorial saying “screw it, let’s just reset everything” and making her start off this way.

            Twenty years ago, Harley Quinn got introduced to the comics because fans loved the character in the animated series. Today, DC tossed every single one of those qualities that made her popular just to leech off sales gimmicks. There was no thought process to it other than “People liked the way she looked in Arkham Asylum so let’s make her look like a female Joker wannabe. OH AND LET’S CHANGE EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT HER TOO WHILE WE’RE AT IT.”

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            This reminds me of that Harley Quinn series running about a decade ago. It started with a very upbeat and whimsical tone then suddenly made a 180 degrees turn in the middle with a sober Harley of a completely different personality with no explanation whatsoever.

        • As much as I don’t care for reboots, I don’t mine the ones that are actually done in a way that don’t alienate everyone or the alternate versions of a timeline. Granted I’m still not big on the New 52 reboot, and this is considering that DC brought over a lot of the Wildstorm characters to put in that continuity, but I don’t think it’s completely unfounded, just that it could have been better executed, or at least did what Marvel did and do a new imprint, and that would have been ok. Yeh I understand to some extent they did it to save on money, but still tits, ass, and awesomeness can only do so much.

          Same goes with how a lot of series have been going or getting overdone. New Slayers series? That was ok, a new storyline with new characters. Devil May Cry reboot/alternate reality? People griped about that instead of waiting for the game to come out before passing judgment, but that was mostly rabid fans and some of them have chilled? Castlevania reboot? That was kind of give or take, and even though outcry wasn’t that bad story and character execution could have been much better.

          Whenever you do a reboot, it’s always a double edged sword, this sort of thing is not new however and has been getting done with anime. You can look at Evangelion as an example of that (and no, you can’t tell me it isn’t because they did a movie to redo and expand the ending and then the current series of OVA movies adding in new characters and a nice indicator of that). And this isn’t to say reboots are bad, the new Spiderman movie is shaping up to prove that.

          It’s kind of the same case with remakes, but those sometimes get more widely accepted than reboots because in some cases it’s an older series being brought to a newer audience. He-Man, Thundercats, and My Little Pony (though technically not a remake) are prime examples with myself just recently finding out that there was a Biker Mice from Mars remake.

          •  Most of the recent “reboots” deserve condemnation.

            There are ways to do a reboot that work great. Mortal Kombat 9 is the best example I’ve seen yet. All of the events of the series still took place, but by manipulating the past, Raiden was able to change their course so that the series could take a new direction without being held down by the mistakes made with the series before. And yet, in doing so, Netherrealm ALSO paid tribute to their roots that made them such a big name. Through story mode, we got to see the events of the first three games again, with the game noting when things changed course. More importantly, all past characters have a chance of coming back, AND all the characters provided in the original roster are old characters. Netherrealm didn’t try to completely throw away Kabal or Stryker or whoever and force a brand new character in their place, instead they took the characters they had as they were and expanded upon them. Kabal in particular is a good example for me personally; I didn’t give a damn about him before MK9’s use of him in story mode.

            These other games take a different approach. Instead of honoring the past, they act like the past is some noxious fume of stink that needs to be avoided in order to get “new audiences.” The teams behind them act like the characters sucked when they were made, “reimagining” them into something they weren’t. Dante does not need to be some half-angel half-demon poser obsessed with being “cool.” Aya Brea doesn’t need to be some wimpy womanchild that dresses like a skank. Even with there being entirely new characters, that doesn’t mean the company has to act like the past games never happened.

            That’s the biggest problem here. It’s not that the companies are rebooting franchises, it’s HOW they’re rebooting those franchises. They do it with absolutely no concept of respect and appreciation for a past that happened to be big enough to draw in millions of people. Harley Quinn became a popular character in the cartoons that found her way into the comics for a reason, and it wasn’t because she sucked and needed to turn into a skanky female Joker knockoff. She wouldn’t have lasted 20 years as Harley Quinn if that was the case.

            It’s that attitude from these companies that I’m so hard against. There are ways they can reinvent the wheel without burning all the blueprints, pretending past discoveries in how to make the wheel never happened, and coming up with something radically different that in most cases operates much much worse than what came before.

          •  I wouldn’t have said what I did if I didn’t feel that way, there’s always a right way and a wrong way to go about things. Mercurysteam, for what it’s worth, probably are trying to back peddle abit with their approach in how they did the alternate timeline of their version of Castlevania (or at least in the regard of how Kojima did some of the story progression and characterization) by doing a time travel in 3DS Castlevania LoS game.Yeh Netherrealm did MK justice by jumping back through prior games (all of which I have played saved for the ones after Deadly Alliance) and to introduce a competent combat system that is actually competition worthy.

            I believe you still missed some of what I said with alternate timelines and realities. We don’t know squat about the Dmc outside of what has already been presented to us, and considering that this is a game it is abit more difficult to judge if it’s going to be good or not especially since it is a interactive medium and it hasn’t even come out yet. Same goes for the new Tomb Raider game that is coming, and who is they are forgetting their roots? The core basis is the same, the general layout has been changed. Also you seem to forget Devil May Cry in general, is campy to an extent and over the top on purpose with it’s lead being cool, snarky, and serious rolled into one package, which is why I like him. The new guy seems to look like he broods abit more, doesn’t mean he won’t be the same like Dante Numero Uno. Also Aya Brea has always looked, well hot, but I think they should have allowed her to age at least some. That’s something many game companies like to do with their female characters when age comes up, and I’m not even going into that right now or we’ll be here all day.

            Also that’s what I was getting at, and like I said, I’m not too keen on some of the changes made in New 52 and think it could have been done as a new imprint to not mess with the original continuity so much. And I don’t deem the new version of Harley Quinn that relevant especially considering that the Arkham City version kinda beat that one to the punch in the looks depart even though the personality is still pretty much the same as the cartoon version. Also cartoon Joker and 60s Joker were better, at least they didn’t act that bats**t insane or sadistic. I’m all for bringing new audiences or doing something different, Young Justice and Green Lantern have been getting it right, all the Marvel cartoons that have come out over the past 6 years have been getting it right, and some more cartoons coming out are about to get it right (from the production art and character descriptions I have seen at least say so), but for the some of the other mediums, it’s basically give or take.

            And just to put it out there because I’ve already seen two people mention it, it would be nice to see all of Marvel’s properties be in the same movie instead of pretending one another don’t exist.

  • Tee Niitris

    I’m for it.

    Unfortunately I can’t say that I’m overly excited. MK9 was their only really good fighter in nearly 15 years, so I can’t help but to think that they might get it wrong. Anyway, they’re best off sticking to the MK9 engine as far as the general gameplay goes. Hopefully, the moves and gameplay of the characters are creative and fun (moves go a surprisingly long way in determine a good fighter). It’s also more important in this since there won’t be any fatalities to add visual flair.

    MK9 was more or less MK1-3 with new features added (it’s what MK4 should’ve been). I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but considering they’ve never really done any other kind of fighter particularly well, I have to be cautiously optimistic. However, if they provide single-player content that matches what they did before, that’s already half the game without the fighting game mechanics.

    Finally, this won’t be a “technical masterpiece.” Neither was MK9, and that still turned out quite well (and even became toruney-viable despite this).

    EDIT : Just watched the trailer, they’re definitely using the MK9 formula. The crazy, over-the-top superhero-esk stuff is there. I also like how you can pick up weapons and use them like the 80s/90s beat-em-ups, I just hope this is executed as a thought out fighting mechanic and not some gimmicky visual impression. Hopefully the moves and gameplay wind up being good too.

    • Come on now, MK4 wasn’t bad. I thought it was a really fine mix of keeping MK’s 2D roots, but also making slight use of 3D, such as the ability to sidestep within limits and use weapons. Of all the Mortal Kombat games, I think 4 has the best art style, too. It isn’t overly muscular and has this slight Chinese feel to it. I thought that was great.

      • Tee Niitris

        In fairness, MK4 wasn’t bad (it was better than it’s successors), but I also felt that there was something missing from MK4. I like that it was faithful to it’s predecessors; at the same time, it just felt like something could have been added (that something became more evident in DA).

        • Ahh, I liked Deadly Alliance, but immediately after that game is where I completely dropped out. Deadly Alliance was the last one that felt like a Mortal Kombat story to me. I was always very fond of MK’s story and characters, so after they started to go crazy with the later games, I sort of lost interest.

          On a related note, I was always terribly sad that Mortal Kombat Gold was never released on anything other than the Dreamcast! I still hope against hope to this day that they’ll consider releasing it as a download game or something.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Mortal Kombat 4 was really bad. Plus, the new characters were really lame and the last boss was incredibly underwhelming. I am hoping MK10 will take the MK4 story and make it what the game always should have been.

        • Yeah, Shinnok was kind of a surprise after Goro gave you a sound thrashing, but I love 4 in general. It’s still my favorite of all the MKs to date, somehow. I thought everything together–the art, music, the way it played–all came together very well and made for a really consistent feel.

    •  MK9 is a good enough reference point, it has more content by far than 99% of the fighters that release now and it was fun.

      • raymk

        Having more content doesn’t make it a better game it just makes it have more content. 

        • It also happens to be a good game, and having less content does make it a worse game

        • SLick123456789111

          Actually … it does make it a better game.

  • takopako

    looks better than MK already.

  • Nice to see this on the wii u. Hope more games xontinue to go multi plat

  • Cjs0511

    Now THIS is pretty sweet!

  • NO U


    • aoihana

      I understand where you’re coming from, and I could see how seeing one of your favorite characters evaporate would make you feel so strongly. I understand why you resent them, and refuse to support them. 

      Though, don’t drop to such lowly levels, unnecessarily retaliating to those that obviously don’t care for opinion. It makes you look childish, you know? 

      I liked your reply to Galactor below, where you explained your stance, and how important it was to you. Just keep that civil mindset, you know? Don’t get caught flinging crap at one another. Trust me, it’s not worth it. 

      Your initial comment was a bit hotheaded, there wasn’t a need for vulgar words, you know? As long as you construct your opinions like you did below, don’t be discouraged from posting them. Remember: Respectful!

    • Thanks aoihana. :) My “no u” response was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, if I took Barchiel’s reply seriously I would’ve said a lot more.

      I have difficulties remaining civil when I get passionate, but I try to keep myself in check so long as the other person doesn’t start the problems. If I do start to cross a specific line, someone civilly telling me I have would likely get me to apologize or tone it down. I say likely because I haven’t encountered that yet. My experiences so far have been either that we start civil and remain civil, or I get into an argument with someone and it turns into personal attacks over time.

  • Why do I get the strange feeling that Doomsday is going to be this game’s Shao Kahn owo….

    • Learii

      because he  the last boss? lol

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    Here’s hoping this isn’t anywhere near as bad as Justice League Task Force.


  • Souji Tendou

    Errr….. am I the only one here who gets this “meh” feeling after watching the trailer? :/

    • raymk

      No you aren’t and i’m sure the game will be meh as well.

  • aoihana

    Oh, man, I didn’t really like Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, I felt it was really lackluster. Though, this looks great! I love how it looks much more cinematic! I think that’s something that was lacking from the the previous game. 

    I mean, how could you have a fighting game with super heroes, and fail to capitalize on that cinematic, almost movie-like direction. Other than the obviously improved combat, that’s what excites me most about this game! It feels like I’m playing something truly epic! (◕‿◕✿)

    • Solomon_Kano

      Honestly, I think MK vs DC suffered for them attempting to find a midground between such different styled series. Thankfully, they followed that with a terrific MK and now they’re giving the DC side a game to its own. After how well MK turned out, I have faith this will follow suit. NetherRealm seems to know where they’re going this time.

  • Muffum

    I remember when I played the licensed game for the Hulk 2003 movie. It wasn’t very good, but I played it for hours on end with friends, just throwing mooks off of buildings in survival mode.
    How does that relate to this? Well, I see Superman’s move where he punches the opponent into the atmosphere, and I get the same feeling. I probably won’t enjoy the game much otherwise (call me shallow, but the armored designs don’t appeal to me at all), but I might play it just to use those kinds of moves over and over.

  • Valtiel Ikari

    so… does that mean whe would play like the traditional heroes and villains, and their alternate universe counterpart? so that armored Batman is Owlman? or some thing like that?

  • pgover

    I’m so down for this game. A pure DC Fighting Game has the potential to be pretty damn awesome. The roster is looking good so far and i can’t wait to see the rest (hoping for Power Girl, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle).

  • Theofratus ‘Geese’ Lester

    Nobody please mention fatalities in a 3D DC fightin’ game, alright?  It’s bad enough that I saw that all over YouTube…

  • Solomon_Kano

    I need this now.

    MK vs. DC was mediocre and poor to the spirit of both sides. NetherRealm takes that to heart. So what do they do next? They deliver the biggest, most polished Mortal Kombat game to date. That makes a huge splash, so surely they’re off to the next MK right? Nah, they go back and try to do the DC side justice too. Really, Ed Boon, you’re fudging awesome.

    Anywho, this has tons of potential. Considering the scope of the last MK, this can go so many ways. I hope the roster is at least that size. Maybe then I can get Black Adam, Blue Beetle (Reyes), Nightwing, and some others that didn’t find their way into MK vs DC.

  • rebecasunao

    More Batsy, me happy.

  • Wow it looks down right amazing! I am sure it will be a success! Nether realm studio really out did themselves with the last MK and I have been loving DC’s New 52. Hope Nightwing and a Red Lantern can get in :D

  • Göran Isacson

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks WAY too grimdark and irritatingly “serious”? I kinda doubt this story will be half as severe as it sounds.

    …. UNLESS this is a game where you play as those guys from the alternate universe where the JLA are villains. If that’s the case, then we’re REALLY talking.

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