NetherRealm Studios continues its road to the release of “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” reaching out to a new segment of DC Comics fandom: fans of the CW’s “Arrow.” According to TV Guide, “Arrow” star Stephen Amell has lent his voice and likeness to a special unlockable costume for Green Arrow, which will change the “Injustice” version of the Emerald Archer to Amell’s Hood character in the CW drama.
The TV Guide article seems to indicate that Amell isn’t voicing the default version of Green Arrow, just the “Arrow” character skin. If that’s the case, it’s a bold move by both NetherRealm and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and a sign that the game hopes to appeal to every kind of DC fan. Bringing Amell on to voice an alternative version of the character is demonstrative of the time and attention to detail the developer has put into the game. Admittedly, Amell’s Oliver Queen is a much darker and realistic take on the character and fits well in the “Injustice” universe, but the game has already revealed pre-order bonus downloadable content packs for major DC storylines, like “Red Son” and “Blackest Night” with the collector’s edition of the game coming with New 52 costumes. It’s possible there are more surprises still to come for the April-releasing game that will pay homage to even more sides of the DCU.
“Injustice: Gods Among Us” hits April 16 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.