Injustice 2 Trailer Shows Off Mortal Kombat's Raiden

The next combatant to head into the fray in Injustice 2 is none other than Mortal Kombat mainstay, Raiden. NetherRealm recently launched a trailer showing off the thunder god's latest incarnation but, for fans of either series, nothing here should be too...shocking.

We imagine some of you out there are saying, "Waitaminite! Why is Raiden kicking the stuffing out of Robin?" As announced last month, the popular Mortal Kombat character is joining the DC Comic universe in Injustice 2. And by "joining," we mean "punching it in the face." The second character from the second pack of new combatants, Raiden follows Black Manta into the fisticuffs, leaving just Hellboy waiting in the wings. Once that chainsmoking demon is on the roster, NetherRealm Studios will be announcing the three characters coming in the third and supposedly final fighter collection.

For now, though, it's time for Raiden to shine. You may recall that Sub-Zero was introduced during the first round of DLC characters and, in the original Injustice, Scorpion was in the mix. But, while Raiden might not be the first Mortal Kombat representative, we're certainly happy to have him along for the ride.

In the trailer, we see that Raiden moves and fights similar to his latest incarnation in the Mortal Kombat universe. Lightning is obviously a big part of his arsenal, and he uses it liberally amidst flurries of punches and kicks. All of his old staples are here, including his harpoon lunch, teleportation and, yes, flinging electricity all over the place. We also see Raiden setting a new trap, so maybe he's got some additional tricks up his sleeve.

What we're really excited about, though, is that Raiden's alternate skin will be the comic character Black Lightning, who obviously has a similar set of moves. The character has a completely different voice actor, too, so we're happy to see the developers throw in some extra attention to detail. Their moves may be the same, but it kind of feels like getting two new combatants for the price of one.

At about the halfway point, we get the usual montage of rapid-fire action, showing off more moves and combos than we could hope to list here. It's all ended with Raiden's new finishing move, which teleports the confrontation to the Pit from Mortal Kombat, where an electrical dragon puts the hurt on your opponent. Yeah, it's pretty rad.

Raiden and Black Lightning will join the Injustice 2 roster in October, with Hellboy to follow in November. That means there's still time to get in your wish list for the third bundle of fighters. Who are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments below.

Ryan Winslett

Staff Writer for CinemaBlend.