The Fighting Millionaires of Injustice: Gods Among Us

Take a closer look at the combat styles of Injustice's richest, most gadget-oriented superheroes: Batman and Green Arrow.

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Since its official announcement at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Injustice: Gods Among Us has been hastily filling out its roster with heroes and villains from across the DC Comics universe, from the officially announced superhero staples like Superman and the Flash to heavily rumored inclusions such as Aquaman and Doomsday.

Last week, our neighbors over at Giant Bomb caught up with producer Hector Sanchez to talk about some of the game's finer details, including command inputs and compatibility updates. Afterward, I got to spend some extra time with Sanchez and talk strategy when playing two of the game's wealthiest heroes: Batman and Green Arrow.

BATMAN

In the comic book world, Batman has to be ready for anything. He may need to fight a psychotic clown, a scarecrow, a human-clay-thing, a calendar, and a burn victim all on the same day. Intimidating? Sure, but that's where his gadgets come in handy. From batarangs to grappling hooks, these gizmos make subduing villains a breeze. Well, that plus all the martial arts training.

"When you're fighting Batman…you don't want too much emphasis on melee, since he can parry any sort of incoming melee attack. Instead, employ more keep-away tactics to keep him locked down."
In the world of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Batman's well-rounded arsenal makes for a well-rounded fighter. He can harass enemies from a distance using batarangs, harass enemies up close using his sliding leg-lock, and harass enemies all around using his grappling hook. The grappling hook is especially potent since the player can spend some energy to cancel out of the move halfway through. This leaves Batman at the perfect range to launch into a big combo while his opponent is still stunned.

In the air, Batman has two handy techniques for changing his midair tempo. For one, he can glide forward a short distance using his cape. Alternatively, he can toss out some midair scatter bombs that push him backward and damage those caught in the blast. These techniques can save our hero from those pesky antiair attacks by changing his trajectory.

As cool as these bombs and batarangs are, they pale in comparison to what Sanchez feels is Batman's strongest tool: his electronic bats. These handy little critters--which are Batman's character-specific trait--have both offensive and defensive applications. Offensively, they are quick-hitting projectiles used to extend combos or to harass enemies. Defensively, the bats can parry certain attacks.

"[Batman's] biggest tell is his character trait," explained Sanchez. "When you're fighting Batman, you want to keep up the pressure when those [electronic bats] are recharging, and don't give him a chance to bring them out. You also don't want too much emphasis on melee, since he can parry any sort of incoming melee attack. Instead, employ more keep-away tactics to keep him locked down."

GREEN ARROW

Sticking with the theme of millionaires-turned-pseudo-vigilantes, Green Arrow is up next. Similar to Batman, Green Arrow has a deep bag of tricks, only in the form of various arrows. But while the caped crusader strikes a balance between ranged and melee techniques, this longbow hunter prefers to fight from the other side of the screen with a combination of standard, stun, ice, and fire arrows.

If you were hoping for a boxing glove arrow or a computer hacking arrow, you're out of luck.

Standard Arrow: These arrows are easy to use but deal low damage. As with the other arrow types, you can charge these projectiles by holding the trait button and still move around while doing so. Starting count: unlimited

Stun Arrow: These arrows temporarily disable opponents, letting you link together combos that would otherwise be impossible. Sanchez recommends them for pro players who can make the most of Green Arrow's other techniques.
Starting count: 2

Ice Arrow: These arrows are basically a supercharged version of the stun arrows. The freezing effect holds opponents in place longer, though a low capacity makes them more costly to waste.
Starting count: 1

Fire Arrow: These arrows deal extra damage on contact over time. Sanchez recommends the fire arrows when you're first learning this character, because they deal good damage even when blocked and can be fired with minimum effort.
Starting count: 3

Of course, Green Arrow can do more with his arrows than just stand and shoot. He has a technique where he hops back and fires some explosive arrows at the ground, perfect for putting space between his opponent and him. He can also close the distance when he needs to with a low sliding kick. If you spend some energy, that sliding kick will be followed up with an explosive arrow for extra damage.

While these two heroes look like plenty of fun, I'm personally holding out for everyone's favorite immortal-warlord-turned-grandmother: Granny Goodness. She's super strong, super fast, and I bet she makes a mean apple pie! Hopefully, developer NetherRealm is saving the best announcement for last. Injustice: Gods Among Us is released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U on April 16, 2013.

Discussion

40 comments
Human-Pheonix
Human-Pheonix

I'm a DC Comics fan and a fan of fighting games I'm going to LOVE THIS GAME!!!!! But I hope they put DC characters other than Heroes and Villians of the Justice League why not put some Justice Society Heroes and Villians such as Power Girl, Wild Cat, The Ultra -Humanite to make this game ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

I remember playing a game similar to this on the super nintendo anyone remember the name?  

badwedgie00
badwedgie00

Is Doomsday going to be one of the final bosses? I can't wait for this game, in particular because I will wait even longer so I can buy a used version for less than $20.

tow_red
tow_red

The only thing that will make me wanna buy this game is the Joker. Can't wait to play as Joker and kick some ass.

zombiedriveby
zombiedriveby

CAN'T wait to toss some people as Grundy ....."Soloman Grundy WANTS PANTS TOO!!"

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I just recently got mk9 for my vita and yeah its soo much fun I can't wait till this comes out since the interactive backgrounds adds new depth to 2d fighters that has been there in the older fighters I've played but not in anything recently its totally exciting!  

megakick
megakick

Why is this 2D? This is no Marvel vs Capcom

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

I'll definitely buy this game but the only thing that has me a bit peeved is that there alot of "Batman characters", I would like to see more characters from the comics of other Justice League members.

Da4biddenOne
Da4biddenOne

Man they got Grundy on there just doing people NASTY.

We dont want any DLC for Mortal Kombat fighters we want DC fighters all the way through.

Superman vs Grundy is gonna be epic.

That crown Hector is sporting looks sweet.

Looking forward to this one. I like the way Grundy is looking and Superman has been my favorite superhero sense i was a kid. Those are my two picks st8 out the gate.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

THIS GAME ROX! Best Fighter I have seen in years imo! Day 1

Trahnyr012
Trahnyr012

This looks aight.....no fatalities?

nini200
nini200

I like the fact that they have the REAL Batmobile in this game.  That new one is HORRENDOUS.

Still not touching this game with a 9 foot pole until Poison Ivy is comfirmed though.

kyubi678
kyubi678

I like a part when superman hits the floor.... That was Sick

JiggyJigster
JiggyJigster

I honestly cannot wait for this game! Definitely day 1 buy!

CasualGamer36x
CasualGamer36x

This game looks pretty awesome. Going on my huge list of "Games to buy"

xRoYx
xRoYx

Favor to everyone: *Cough* go to their website *Cough* Skins and whatnot.

Anyhow, looking forward to this. Looks fun so far.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

It would be unjustly not to have Doomsday in this game.

StevenDaReal18
StevenDaReal18

It looks like Batman has some new interesting looking moves.

vexxouds
vexxouds

Street fighter vs Mortal Kombat All day it needs to happen!!


GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

Millionare? No, add three zeros and try billionaire.

Millionaire is so 10 years ago.

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

Cant wait too get this game, something different compared to the norm of Marvel Vs Capcom and what not just needs more DC characters and some future DLC i hope 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Nice insight on these two and yet why wasn't Lex Luthr on this list? He's rich also, nevermind he's evil!!

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@Trahnyr012 No, they wanted to originally or something of the sort, but the studio asked DC Comics if they could put it in and DC said no, they didn't think it would be right being able to rip Batmans head off. this is a comic book fighting game, not mortal kombat, why would there be fatalities anyways?

xRoYx
xRoYx

@Trahnyr012 I don't think fatalities really fits the DC universe >.<...although it does fit NetherRealm Studies 

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@nini200 Oh shut up, like the guy said in the interview, look at how invested you are in this game, you CLEARLY are gonna buy it so seriously stop fooling yourself.

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

@nini200 you mean the batmobile from the Dark Knight? I think the worst batmobile was easily the one without a roof from Batman Forever

antoun32
antoun32

@CivilizedPsycho I personally like Batman being thinner. I hate games that make him grossly oversized like in Batman Arkam City. He is supposed to be thinner and more agile, not someone who spends 8 hours a day in the gym.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@vexxouds 

if that happens crapcom will take control of that and yeah T vs SF was just a joke and so will mortal kombat vs street fighter will be...

179107199999
179107199999

@Monsta1217 meh I hope it goes the route of TTT2 with time released character and costume DLC.That was a pleasant surprise

nini200
nini200

@Metallicwolf29 @nini200 Yeah The Batcar from the Dark Knight is Atrocious.

1. The Batman Forever Batmobile does have a roof.  

2. The Dark Knight Batcar doesn't even qualify as a Batmobile in my book.  That is easily the ugliest Batcar Ever created.  While it does have nice funtionality, the design is hideous..

3. The Batman Returns Batmobile is hands down the best Batmobile ever (which the one in this video resembles minus the 6 wheels and raised cockpit).

4. The Dark Knight is a travesty to the actual Dark Knight storyline.


Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

@antoun32 @CivilizedPsycho every batman I have seen in the comics and even the cartoon was always well defined with muscles. The thin ones were usually portrayed in the movies

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@nini200 Oh you're so cool, look how edgy and anti mainstream you are, you dont like one of the best movies made in our generation, your so edgy, hipster and anti mainstream dude. good for you man. i wish i was as anti mainstream and hipster like you.