With Injustice 2 set to pick up where the first game's dimension-hopping narrative left off, we were left wondering if, perhaps, Superman would learn a lesson or two following his boneheaded actions in the first game. Based on the latest trailer for the game, the answer looks to be "not so much."
Up to this point, most of the news surrounding Injustice 2 has been about the roster. Old favorites will be making their triumphant return alongside newcomers like Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Purple Mongoose and even Swamp Thing. Fun fact, I only made up one of those names. This time around, though, we're getting a longer peek at the story that will unfold in Injustice 2. We know that Batman is recruiting a group of powered individuals to try and bring order following Superman's royal screw-ups, but it looks like the job is starting to have a negative impact on the Caped Crusader. We also already knew that Brainiac will come into play this time around, likely serving as the big bad. So what, then, do we learn from Shattered Alliances Part 1? That Superman, as ever, is a stubborn jerk-butt.
The trailer opens with one of my favorite pieces of character development advice, that "every villain is the hero of his own story." I'm not sure who said it first, but it makes sense that Batman would have come to that same conclusion after spending so many years punching bad guys in the face.
In the opening moments of the new trailer, Superman explains that his antics will only stop when there is no more crime so, yeah, the dude is still off of his rocker. He later adds that "hope isn't enough to save the world," then we get a cool scene of him threatening Supergirl that if she is not with him, she is against him.
The whole shebang concludes with a promise that the Regime will rise, but we're not sure if that's a reference to Superman's new group of crazies or Batman's squad that's trying to stop them.
At the end of the trailer, we're once again reminded that, in Injustice 2, "every battle defines you." That's a nod to the game's unlock system, where just about everything you do in the game will move you toward earning new pieces of gear for your heroes that, along with altering their look, will allow players to fine-tune their abilities.
We'll see how everything comes together when Injustice 2 launches on May 16.