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Computer text-decoration:line-through” oncontextmenu=”return showBrokenLink(100983903, false);” onclick=”return showBrokenLink(100983903, false)”>Mortal Kombat series. Injustice stars numerous characters from the DC Comics universe, such as Superman or Batman, fighting it out in classic arcade style.
The game follows a storyline written with the help of comic writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. Like the recent Mortal Kombat game Injustice has several different game modes, including a story mode that will have the player using different characters to progress.
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Real Name: Arthur Curry
First Appearance: More Fun Comics 73
In Comics: Aquaman is an odd character who has gone through spurts of popularity — most notably in the 50s and 60s — and times of ridicule — most any other time. He’s one of the members of the Justice League who is often overlooked next to his more famous teammates like Superman and Wonder Woman, but he’s actually a fairly powerful character in his own right. He’s generally portrayed as super strong and can breathe underwater, although his more famous superpower of talking with and controlling aquatic life tends to come and go at the whims of the writers. These days he merely nudges fish in the direction he wants to go, as they’re too primitive to really talk with.
Aquaman is also a character who, despite almost always being Arthur Curry, has gone through numerous permutations over the years. Most notably in the early 2000s he went through an extended arc where his story paralleled the famous fables of King Arthur (only in part due to the name — he’s also the on-again, off-again King of Atlantis) wherein he lost his hand and had a claw-like attachment that he could fire like a harpoon. This well received run did fairly well, but eventually he was given his hand back.
Like many other superheroes Aquaman was de-aged in the 2011 reboot of the DC Universe known as the “New 52”. He was given his own title again under the reigns of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, who set about to make the character cool again. It’s debatable whether or not they succeeded, but they did at least help justify why Aquaman is a major force in the DC Universe when he’s out-stripped by characters like Superman. His traditional orange shirt has also turned into a piece of armor made to look like fish scales, which helps a bit, too.
In Other Media: Outside of comics Aquaman is probably best well known for an episode of the Big Bang Theory which featured the cast dressing up as the Justice League for Halloween… and everyone refusing to dress up as Aquaman. One of the straight male characters even wanted to dress up as Wonder Woman as an alternative to Aquaman, but is forced to concede in the end.
He was also featured in an entire season of HBO’s Entourage where the plot was focused on making an Aquaman movie with James Cameron directing the movie.
In the late 60s, when he was the height of his popularity, Aquaman starred opposite Superman in the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, where he had some powers he has never shown in the comics. Since then he made appearances on Superfriends and Superman: The Animated Series. He was bumped from the roster of the Justice League in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited in favor of Hawkgirl to add more females to the team, though he did appear in the series from time to time. He appears in this series with his bladed hand.
He went on to be a recurring character on The Brave and the Bold, and was actually one of the more popular guest stars on the show. He was voiced by John Di Maggio, who is probably most famous these days for voicing Bender in Futurama. He also made appearances in the live action Smallville, which frankly highlighted just how absurd his orange shirt design looked. He did retain some of the superpowers he had first shown, and never since, in the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.
In 2006 a pilot for an Aquaman television series was produced, but wasn’t picked up for full production. Justin Hartley starred as Aquaman, and after the series wasn’t funded he would go on to play Green Arrow in Smallville.
In video games Aquaman has made many appearances, but perhaps none so notable as the Xbox/Gamecube game: Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis. It has been ranked near to Superman 64 as one of the worst games of all time. It faced some pretty stiff competition to reach that achievement.Other games with Aquaman include: Justice League Task Force (SNES/Genesis), Justice League Heroes, and Lego Batman 2.
Real Name: Ares
First Appearance: Wonder Woman 1
In Comics: Ares is the Greek god of war, and thus closely related to Wonder Woman mythology. He is a constant foe of the Amazonian women who opposed them since before their very creation, voting against Artemis creating the Amazonians in her image. Through the years he has clashed many times with Wonder Woman and the Amazons, but rarely with any success.
He has spent time living among humans as a mortal, although these days he is back to his immortal form. Ares has gained strength over the years in contrast to many of his fellow Olympians because of the eternal nature of war – Athena and Aprhodite have likewise remained strengthened, but most of the gods are seriously weakened by the lack of active followers of their religion.
Ares was killed by Wonder Woman in a failed attack on Amazon Island as the culmination of his plans involving the super villain Genocide. Death is only an inconvenience to the Greek god, though, and he has still managed to influence events despite never formally being resurrected.
In the DC relaunch Ares again appeared as a teacher of Wonder Woman long before turning against her. He does appear to have more honor now, too, as he helps Wonder Woman save a baby and surprisingly does not betray or trick her in the process.
In Other Media: Ares is not seen often outside of the comics, although he did star in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. Later he appeared as the villain of the Wonder Woman animated video, voiced by Alfred Molina (Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2). Injustice is his first appearance in video games.
Real Name: Unknown
First Appearance: Batman: Vengeance of Bane 1 (1993)
In Comics: Traditionally Bane is portrayed as a super-strong character who derives his powers from a special serum, called “venom,” which he injects into himself through hoses attached to a backpack he carries. Unlike most super-strong villains, he is also extremely smart and uses both brains and brawn in combat.
His most notable achievement to date was the infamous breaking of Batman’s back during the Knightfall story arc, but he has been involved with a lot more than that since. For a while he was named the heir to Ra’s al Ghul, but they eventually split apart and Bane dedicated his efforts to destroying Ra’s and the Lazarus pits keeping him immortal. He has also been a member of Suicide Squad — a band of criminals used by the government to run high-risk black ops missions — and, later, the Secret Six — a crime syndicate controlling things from the shadows. Batman and Bane encounters tend to end in a draw.
In Other Media: Bane recently rose to fame by being the headline villain of Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the most recent Batman trilogy. That version of the character was still super-strong relative to a normal person, but did not have the Hulk-like proportions the character is normally depicted with. Additionally his face mask was designed to feed him pain killers rather than steroids.
Prior to Dark Knight Rises Bane also appeared in Batman text-decoration:line-through” oncontextmenu=”return showBrokenLink(100983904, false);” onclick=”return showBrokenLink(100983904, false)”>Arkham Asylum as a boss fight, and then as an uneasy ally in the sequel, Arkham City. Bane likewise makes appearances in Lego Batman 1 text-decoration:line-through” oncontextmenu=”return showBrokenLink(100983906, false);” onclick=”return showBrokenLink(100983906, false)”>Arkham City, the two Lego Batman video games (and associated toy line), two animated television shows (The Batman and Brave and the Bold) and numerous animated films, with the most recent adapting the acclaimed Dark Knight Returns graphic novel.
In the 80s and 90s he had four additional live action movies starting with Batman and ending with Batman text-decoration:line-through” oncontextmenu=”return showBrokenLink(100983908, false);” onclick=”return showBrokenLink(100983908, false)”>Lego Batman 1 text-decoration:line-through” oncontextmenu=”return showBrokenLink(44743028, false);” onclick=”return showBrokenLink(44743028, false)”>Arrow, which, despite being developed for the same network as Smallville, does not exist in the same continuity. Arrow proved to be extremely popular and has made Green Arrow a well known DC character.
In Young Justice Green Arrow makes a few appearances alongside his sidekick, Speedy. He was also a member of the Justice League in Justice League Unlimited in the 90s.
Real Name: Hal Jordan
First Appearance: Showcase 22 (1959)
In Comics: There have been many Green Lanterns over the years, but Hal Jordan is the most famous of the bunch. His saga has spanned decades and has seen him make a spectacular fall from grace during the Parallax saga and an amazing turn-around following a short stint as the supernatural Spectre. The Green Lantern comics have been embroiled in a seemingly endless amount of events since the early 2000s, which are actually all one big event spanning multiple titles and years.
There are presently four men in the mainstream DC Universe bearing the name Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Simon Baz. In an alternate reality called “Earth-2” Alan Scott bears the Green Lantern powers (though his powers are mystical, whereas the other Lanterns are powered by advanced technology). Interestingly enough, Hal Jordan is not (at the time of this writing) a true Green Lantern anymore, having lost the ring at the end of the “War of the Green Lanterns” story. He has been granted an unofficial replacement ring by Sinestro, but it’s not as powerful as the real thing and could be taken away at any time.
In Other Media: Green Lantern was the star of his own live-action movie in 2011 with Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. It didn’t do particularly well at the box office, but raised awareness of the character. Two animated movies were created in the lead-up to the live action movie: First Flight and Emerald Knights, with Nathan Fillion (of Firefly and Castle fame) voicing Hal Jordan in the latter. After the movie a computer-animated television show was created to follow the Young Justice cartoon. Hal Jordan was again tapped as the Green Lantern for that show. Green Lantern will likely be one of the main heroes of the upcoming Justice League movie, though it’s unknown whether Ryan Reynolds will come back to reprise the role.
As a DC mainstay Green Lantern has been a part of many television shows and animated movies. Hal Jordan is the most common of the Lanterns to appear, but John Stewart famously took on the role in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited in the 90s. He was so identified with the role after that that people were angry when Hal Jordan was announced as the Green Lantern in the live-action movie, not realizing he was the older of the characters. Green Lantern had appearances in The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (both Hal Jordan), and in almost all of the Justice League animated movies. Kyle Rayner has only appeared in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series and a few cameo roles in Justice League Unlimited. Guy Gardner has appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and a brief cameo in Young Justice. He also may be a recurring character in the Green Lantern animates series.
Real Name: Harleen Quinzel
First Appearance: The Batman Adventures 12 (1993), Batman: Harley Quinn (1999)*
In Comics: Interestingly enough Harley originally came from the Batman: The Animated Show and was only added into the comics much later. Since then, however, she’s been a mainstay of the Bat-books and tends to alternate between being Joker’s top henchman/girlfriend (though it’s been recently suggested that she’s actually just the most recent version of Harley Quinn, much like Damien Wayne is the current Robin) and being somewhat of a gray-area occasional do-gooder. In the latter role she is often teamed up with Catwoman and Poison Ivy, each of whom is also a gray-area style character, such as in their recent comic series Gotham City Sirens. Since the DC relaunch, however, Harley has been a member of Suicide Squad, until she was confronted by the Joker following his return in Death of the Family.
In Other Media: Harley Quinn was introduced in the Batman: The Animated Show in the 90s, and has become a staple character ever since. She has appeared, in some form or another, in just about every animated television show that DC produced since her creation, including shows like Superman and Justice League.
Outside of animation Harley was the primary nemesis of the Birds of Prey in their short-lived television show. She has also been featured in many video games, including the highly successful Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, the latter of which has an entire set of epilogue missions starring Quinn. She also appears in Lego Batman 1 margin:0px !important;” />Injustice: Gods Among Us – Playstation 3Playstation 3 Version
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Excellent and informative superhero hub. I have always wondered why Superman is supposed to be weak with regards to magic, but he can beat Black Adam and Shazam handily – maybe even both at the same time! https://letterpile.com/books/Superman-vs-Incredibl…
kitty 3 years ago
wonder woman can take all of the boys with one punch
luke 3 years ago
injustice god among us
McKnight1995 4 years ago
Is Ghost rider go against Lobo and is he a DLC and it would go if they add Marvel characters too, and they got cyborg, raven and robin but not starfire and beast boy off teen titans they even got slade.
Madfacedkid 4 years ago
All I need is Black Manta and some character skins like reverse flash, Hawkman, Powergirl with voice changes of course and I’m happy 🙂
alex 4 years ago
sick so getting that game
James Robertson 4 years ago from Texas
I don’t know how I feel about Lobo being a DLC character. Not a smart move for him, in my opinion. I never cared for that character. Now Batgirl is a great DLC. What they’re doing with her in New 52 is spectacular! Love it. And I’m super pumped about Black Adam. They’re definitely including him because of his recent involvement in the comics. Great article. As far as the game goes, I’m intrigued. It is very different from the comics, but that’s definitely why they started a comic line specifically for this video game. On a side note I’m intrigued by their involvement of Ares. They’re doing this because of Wonder Woman and her storyline about the death of Zeus, but I don’t understand why they only brought in Ares, who isn’t really in the comics. Curious…
Thanks for pointing that out. Correcting it now, and adding Lobo as the first DLC character. Also adding some profiles.
JonahTHD 4 years ago
Wait, you remember Sinestro in the short list, but forgot him in the detailed list.
AuthorJames 4 years ago
Sorry for the delays in updates guys. The list is now complete (minus DLC), but with some data still to come. Thanks for your patience, and not bitching me out on the lateness (even though I deserved it 🙂
nate baker 4 years ago
Teddiz64 4 years ago
They forgot raven width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-7547369567510288″ data-page-url=”//suraph.hubpages.com/hub/Character-List-for-Injustice-Gods-Among-Us” data-ad-slot=”1186173963″>