Over the weekend, Netherrealm finally put out a trailer for the third and final Fighter Pack for their superhero fighter, Injustice 2. Along with DC Comics characters The Atom and Enchantress, the third character to join was actually a set of characters–namely, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles join an impressive roster of guest stars; the game’s first Fighter Pack featured Mortal Kombat’s icy ninja Sub-Zero as a guest star, and the second featured thunder god Raiden (also a Kombat kharacter) and Dark Horse icon Hellboy.
Both the Mortal Kombat and TMNT guest spots make a weird degree of sense, when you think about it: Netherrealm previously had the DC characters fight their MK crew in 2008, back when they were still owned by Midway and yet to be bought by WB. Meanwhile, the Ninja Turtles had a crossover comic with Batman in 2016 that was well liked and led to one of the greatest comic book panels of all time; a sequel, featuring Bane as the antagonist, will begin the first week of December.
Guest characters are nothing new to fighting games, as any fan of Super Smash Bros. or Marvel vs. Capcom will tell you. But Netherrealm’s guest characters go above and beyond by pulling from universes you wouldn’t expect. Everyone kind of expected Cloud Strife or Bayonetta to join Smash Bros 4, but the same can’t be said of Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, or Alien joining Mortal Kombat, for example. Having a foot in the already ridiculous world of comics, Injustice 2’s entire roster has covered all the bases for fans–those coming in via big icons (Batman, Wonder Woman), movies (Deadshot, Enchantress), TV shows (Captain Cold, Supergirl), and animated movies (Starfire, Robin, Swamp Thing). Turtles and Hellboy are just an extension of TV and movies, since both have or are getting one in the near future.
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