By shroudofsorrow 31 Comments
May 11th UPDATE:
Just five more days until Injustice 2 (finally) arrives. By this time the entire base roster for Injustice 2 has been confirmed, plus the first three DLC characters. In what should be a surprise to no one, Red Hood, Starfire, and Sub-Zero were indeed confirmed, and more recently, Jay Garrick, Vixen, and Grid were confirmed as Premiere Skins alongside Mr. Freeze, Reverse Flash, John Stewart, and Power Girl. There are six more DLC characters who have yet to be announced. Now, of those six, two of the silhouettes seem very blatantly Raiden and Black Manta. It seems doubtful to me that these silhouettes are mere trolling (unlike the dummy silhouettes in early looks at Injustice 2's character select roster). No, I think it more likely that these silhouettes are just a bit more credible. That in mind, who could the remaining four possibly be? These are my guesses:
Ambiguous Silhouette 1: Beast Boy
This silhouette is of a smaller individual. Nothing in the silhouette suggests a female or someone with a cape. Of all the potential "small" male characters they could have gone with, Beast Boy seems the most probable to me. A lot of other people have guessed it may be him, and for good reason. He's also just a good character, and his power-set would make for a very unique (and fun) gameplay experience. It may not be him, but I still feel like this is a respectable prediction.
Ambiguous Silhouette 2: Wildcat or an MK Ninja
Though the silhouette doesn't have too many distinct details, it's top does seem a little bit like Wildcat's weird-looking mask, and he's also got about the right build too. But there is another possibility: a second MK Ninja. I mean, MKX had four guest characters, so the notion that Injustice 2 could have more than one or two does not strike me as outrageous. And consider, that the silhouette's shape looks a bit like Injustice 2 Sub-Zero, particularly the head, which looks vaguely like a hood of some sort. While Scorpion being a guest fighter for two DC games in a row seems unlikely, there are many other MK Ninjas besides those two. Either Ermac or Reptile could easily end up coming in as a third MK guest fighter after Sub-Zero and Raiden. Personally, my money's on Reptile.
Ambiguous Silhouette 3: Spawn, Azrael, or Lex Luthor
This silhouette is clearly big and bulky, which could indicate Lex in his Warsuit (and as already noted, I'd be very disappointed if Luthor got cheated out of Injustice 2 and it's gear system). But, many people are speculating Azrael on the account of the head shape, which seems to suggest a hood, and the large gauntlets that could be as much Azrael's as Luthor's. But, there is a third possibility: Spawn. NRS got temporary rights to Spawn (as I've now stressed repeatedly), he's dominated polls along with Sub-Zero, and he is often depicted as fairly buff and with a cape, and all of that could conceivably fit the silhouette. Even the fact that it seems to be someone with a hood doesn't preclude Spawn; it could just indicate a redesign where Spawn's cape now has a hood instead of a high collar. But most likely, it's one of the three. I'd be pretty surprised if it was none of them (and disappointed, frankly).
Ambiguous Silhouette 4: Lady Shiva, Kitana, or Star Sapphire
I'm not gonna lie; this last one is more wishful thinking than anything else. No, I think either Shiva or Kitana seems the most likely, mainly on the account of how the female silhouette seems to have a sash of some kind, which I don't associate with Star Sapphire, but more "ninja"/martial artist characters in the vein of Shiva and Kitana. In some ways the latter is more likely to me, since Injustice 2 already has a lot of Batman characters, plus a female martial artist in Black Canary. Kitana was in the MK Guest Character poll, so perhaps that ensured that she, like Sub-Zero and Raiden will be in the game. Personally, I wouldn't mind that at all (she is my favorite MK female, plus my main in MKX), so it's not the worst thing.
But honestly, I can't think of any other female character it could be; Doctor Light seems unlikely on the account of lacking either trademark cape or crest, Star-Girl wouldn't fit because of her lacking the star-rod plus her seeming to be more "adult" than Star-Girl is usually depicted as being, and Raven and Zatanna also don't seem likely owing to (respectively), the lack of the hooded cape, and the lack of the top hat (and again, that sash). So, just by process of elimination, I sort of figure that this "sash woman" is probably a female martial artist, and of the ones springing to mind that aren't a Batman Family member, Shiva and Kitana are the only ones I can think of.
Those are my predictions anyway. Tell me what you think (respectfully), in the comments below.
Original Blog Post:
So, at this point, the base roster for Injustice 2 has been laid bare before our feet. Only one character in the 28-person base roster remains to be announced, and I am 90% sure it's going to be Joker (10% sure it might be Red Hood). We know that there will be nine DLC characters for those who get the Ultimate Edition (as I have). But who could these characters be? This is my attempt to guess.
DLC Character 1: Red Hood
Obviously. This guy has been heavily requested ever since IGAU. Lot of people wanted him in IGAU, he was heavily desired as DLC for that game, and polls Ed Boon and the rest of NRS have conducted basically confirm that he remains highly requested. I just can't imagine NRS ignoring all of that and just not doing him. Albeit, it would be hard to make his moveset feel distinct from Deadshot, but there is always the possibility of making Red Hood a "premiere skin" for Deadshot. But whether as a Premiere Skin or his own character, Red Hood's gotta happen. NRS has to be aware by now just how much the fans want him. And, NRS is generally pretty good about giving fans what they want, so...
DLC Character 2: Starfire
She won a poll Ed Boon held asking people which of the DC characters in the poll people most wanted in the game. Just from that, it seems likely to me that she will become DLC, either soon or later. Her powerset of flight, superhuman physicality, and starbolts also make her a good fit for a fighting game, so in all, I think this one's a safe bet. Much like with Red Hood, I would be really shocked (and disappointed), if NRS ignored the feedback they were getting.
DLC Character 3: Vixen
Let's see...somewhat lesser known DC hero, which Injustice 2 is fond of? Check. Cool and unique powers that would translate to a cool and unique moveset in-game? Check. Increased popularity courtesy of the CW? Check. I don't think Vixen's as likely as Red Hood and Starfire, but I do still think that she's got a chance at least. And really, I'd love to see her.
DLC Character 4: Hawkgirl
As a character who was in Injustice 1's base-roster plus being a natural for a fighting game (which was why she was in the first game to begin with), I could conceivably see Hawkgirl returning for the sequel in DLC form, not unlike how Cyrax and Sektor kind-of-sort-of returned for MKX as "Tri-Borg". Not as likely as Red Hood or Starfire, but I don't think it's a longshot either, and as far as returning characters from the first game go, I think she's more probable than say, Killer Frost or Solomon Grundy.
DLC Character 5: Star Sapphire Carol Ferris
Another less likely but still possible choice. The thing about Lanterns is that because they can create almost anything they want, you can have multiple Lanterns in a DC fighting game and still have their fighting styles feel distinct. While more than two different Lanterns has yet to be attempted by NRS (or anyone else), that's all the more reason for the already ambitious Injustice 2 to give it a try. And, Carol fits the bill of "lesser known DC character", which is something that NRS clearly prioritized when choosing characters for the roster. So, while perhaps the least likely of all my DLC predictions here, I could still see this one happening.
DLC Character 6: Sinestro or Larfleeze
More or less the same reasons as Star Sapphire. That, and as a major ally of Superman's in the first game plus a playable character in it, I could see him escaping from the Guardian's prison for DLC purposes. Like Carol, he's less likely to show up again, but fingers crossed.
Alternatively, Larfleeze of the Orange Lantern Corps is also a possibility, with his power of summoning orange constructs of his victims being a cool power that would help him better stand out among the other Lantern characters:
DLC Character 7: Lex Luthor
Lex is such a major and iconic DC villain (second only to Joker in this respect), that it would just feel wrong if he was totally absent fron Injustice 2. I am aware that he is dead in the Injustice-verse, but his presence in the sequel could still happen if it was the same as Green Arrow; he's an alternate Luthor having come to the Injustice-verse. Between that, and his being perfect for both a fighting game and the gear system, it just seems only right that Lex should return for the sequel, and DLC seems like a good way to make it happen.
DLC Character 8/Guest Character 1: Spawn
NRS got temporary rights to the character, and as such a lot of people are already speculating that he'll be in the game as a DLC guest character. It's a sound assumption, especially with the odds of a third MKX DLC Character pack being remote at this point.
DLC Character 9/Guest Character 2: Sub-Zero
Another one that's already been heavily speculated, and with good reason: Scorpion was a guest fighter in the first game, and Ed Boon has strongly suggested that an MK character will guest-star in Injustice 2. He even had a poll asking people which MK character they wanted, and unsurprisingly, Sub-Zero won it. I think this one is almost guaranteed, and if not him, either Johnny Cage or Raiden.
And those are my predictions. Who do you think is likely to be DLC for Injustice 2?