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Fridge Brilliance

  • Why would this universe's Hal Jordan leave his power ring battery on Ferris Aircraft? That place was the last time he'd use his green ring before it was confiscated by the Guardians and he'd turn to a Sinestro Corps ring.
  • On Themyscira, one of the hazards involves the victim smashing into a statue, falling down a stone stair, burning after knocking over a lit brazier, smashing into several branches and then finally getting crushed by the statue's head exactly where they land. With such poor luck for the victim, it's a ridiculous Contrived Coincidence until you remember that the Amazons are supposed to keep the fires in the temple burning or they will suffer bad luck. Remember that brazier?
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  • When you win a match as Joker, he lights the defeated character on fire. Brings new meaning to Alfred's quote "Some men just want to watch the world burn".
  • How come in the story the heroes always beat their Regime counterparts, including the heroic Batman? Well, just ask Ares, who the Regime had so deprived of conflict he began to lose powers. Essentially, Regime members and its opposers became kinda rusty from not directly fighting in a long time.
    • Not to mention that, much like the match-up between Superman and his Evil Counterpart Ultraman, lethal force can actually be a drawback. The heroes who refuse to cross the line have to get creative to deal with threats and are much sharper and more experienced while the ones that kill tend to default to it the more that they kill and stop innovating.
    • Regarding Main Universe Batman's victory over his Insurgency counterpart, Just compare the Batsuits they are using and wearing. In comparison to his Main Universe Counterpart, Insurgency!Batman's is much heavier and more rustier, with a much more wrinkled cowl with a few tears around it which he likely received due to the neglect and the Regime's confiscation of the remaining Wayne Tech and deadly encounters with the Regime themselves. That's why he lost. His suit paled in comparison to his Main Universe Counterpart's Batsuit, which is less constricting and a lot cleaner.
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    • Additionally, when Superman scanned Main!Batman with his super-vision, he noted that his vitals are all wrong. Injustice!Batman probably received many permanent injuries in the past five years that adversely affected his fighting, so even though Main!Batman was recovering from Strykers, he could still overpower Injustice!Batman. This is later confirmed in the prequel comics when we see that, between other things, Injustice!Superman broke Injustice!Batman's back so he's wearing a prosthetic.
    • Due to many of the Regime members also having anger over oppositions, they may have been fighting aggressively, while the Main Universe heroes are much more analytical due to them lacking as much anger over their enemies, allowing them to fight their counterparts with no problem.
  • The combined forces of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Aquaman should be more than enough to overwhelm Superman, so how was Regime!Superman able to overcome all three of them at once? Simple: Regime!Superman was willing to kill. The three heroes from the prime universe were holding back, even against him.
  • It seems a little far-fetched that Superman would go this far off the rails. Or that the Joker would ever pull off nuking Metropois. I mean, Lex would NOT allow that, at least without his permission. In the Injustice universe, however, Lex Luthor is a good guy. That simple fact is the butterfly effect that causes everything else, as without him Superman didn't face anyone willing to attack his psychological weaknesses as viciously, and there wasn't one villain who "ruled" Metropolis and kept interlopers out.
    • It seems quite unbelievable that Luthor would allow Metropolis to be destroyed in such a manner, which he is indeed planning at the start of the game. But Superman Returns has Lex planning to drown the entire city, and a large chunk of the United States for the sake of controlling the real estate market.
      • That, or Lex would've seen a great opportunity for profit (plus the adulation from the masses which he so craves since Superman replaced him in the public opinion) by spearheading the efforts in rebuilding Metropolis.
    • With that said, it’s quite unlikely that the Main Universe Superman would become the Knight Templar his Regime counterpart has become as his Luthor is a villain who had done crimes similar to that Injustice!Joker has done, only to be successfully thwarted by Main!Superman.
    • There’s also the fact that his Joker is far less villainous than his Injustice counterpart, and would only participate the nuking of Metropolis because Luthor hired him and had Slade to bust him out.
    • There's also another factor to this: Luthor is Superman's Shadow Archetype. A man with incredible abilities that abuse them to the point of more or less seeing himself as a god. In other words, Luthor is a walking cautionary tale of what Superman could become if he lost himself, something that Injustice Superman never had.
      • This has even more basis when we learn in Injustice 2 that Injustice Superman didn't meet Brainiac or Supergirl yet. Brainiac is yet another Shadow Archetype of Superman, the alien that came to invade Earth instead of the alien that sees Earth as his home and defends it. While Supergirl is his last blood relative and would have comforted Injustice Superman over his losses and at least tried to keep her cousin sane.
  • Batman's Classic Battle ending has him inherit Luthor's fortune & use it to revitalise Gotham & Metropolis, with his actions as Batman fighting the One Earth regime leading to the crime rate dropping & allowing him to focus on the rebuilding efforts. In other words, after years of fighting in their memory, Bruce gets to rebuild two cities in the manner his parents had revitalised Gotham before their deaths.
  • A major complaint about Yellow Lantern is that he doesn't sound threatening. Remember, however, that it is vastly out of character for Hal Jordan to willingly join the Sinestro Corps, and the Story Mode establishes that he doesn't have the backbone to stand up to for what he believes (Green Lantern even mocks him for this) — Hal doesn't sound intimidating simply because he's trying to hide the fact he's a coward.
  • Most of the time, it doesn't make sense story-wise for the background cameo characters to be standing around in the middle of a fight. However, in the Penitentiary on Stryker's Island, Deadshot can be seen hiding behind a pillar, exchanging shots with an unseen enemy. Considering that a massive battle between Insurgency and Regime forces happens on the Island during Chapter 8, and since it's established that mercenaries and former villains comprise the Insurgency, Deadshot is likely assisting the heroes.
  • Why does Superman's unborn child's grave read "Baby Kent"? He was too grief-stricken over the deaths of Lois and the baby to go through with naming his child, whose gender he didn't know to boot.
  • Green Lantern threw Solomon Grundy in space in Chapter 5. Remember that. Fast forward to either Chapter 8(Batman) or 9(Lex Luthor). Grundy was nowhere to be seen. That is, until Chapter 10. How did he get to the Fortress of Solitude, while being in space? Simple. When the Watchtower went boom at the end of Chapter 8 and close to the end of Chapter 9, the Watchtower's visible-from-land explosion forced him back, and his zombie nature allowed him to survive heating up upon reentry, whereupon he was found by some Regime member and taken to the FOS. And you know what the best thing about it is? Slade indirectly caused this by rigging the tower in the first place.
  • How can Superman defeat the High Councilor? Simple. Notice how pale the High Councilor is, and Ares' remark about there being next to no conflict: The High Councilor hasn't had to actually step out from his fortress and fight somebody, and because he doesn't get enough sun, he is weakened and beaten into submission.
  • Given the premise of the story, this is one of the few games where alternate skins based on the depictions of characters in other DC properties and comics makes complete sense. The Alternate Universe plot-line means you can literally view the skins as exactly what they are intended to represent, rather than merely being the game characters with a different look. Perhaps best demonstrated by the Green Arrow skin from Arrow, where the actor from the show, Stephen Amell, voices him, instead of Alan Tudyk.
  • In the iOS version of Injustice, you can get Prison Superman and Batman Beyond. Both of these characters share vastly lower stats compared to their Normal and Regime/Insurgency counterparts, respectively. For Batman Beyond, compare 850 Attack and 900 HP to Normal Batman's 700 Attack and 1100 HP; and for Prison Superman, compare 700 Attack and 800 HP to Regime Superman's 900 Attack and 1100 HP. This makes sense because both BB and Prison Supes are inferior/hindered by some way in their characters. Bruce only wears the Beyond suit once he's middle aged & his body's starting to fail him, and Superman is hindered by the wristbands he wears, as well as his exposure to red sun. So, in a way, these lower stats make total logical sense and are justified.
    • Additionally, the Regime versions of Solomon Grundy, Doomsday and Bane are weaker than their main-universe counterparts, likely due to their brainwashing. The Regime version of Cyborg is much more powerful than his heroic self likely due to upgrades. And the Regime versions of Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Black Adam, Green Lantern, and The Flash, as well as the "Insurgency" Joker, are all more powerful than their main universe selves—because they're all shown as willing to go to extremes that their counterparts won't.
  • While this piece of Brilliance might be obvious to those who pay attention, Insurgency Batman mentions early on that "most obey Superman by fear." Now, why else is there a tall, pink alien representing the yellow light of fear on Regime Superman's side?
  • Sharing a Fridge Horror spot below, how does Regime Supes change the world when he conquers it? Before the final battle, Regime Supes tells Superman that "I perfected this world". Putting aside the destruction going on, he may have really perfected it in a sense. How? Think of any developing country, or one ravaged by war and destruction before Regime Supes took a stand. With the help of someone who could possibly have inventions to help the ordinary citizen, he had the power to end hunger, abolish disease, to eliminate crime, to establish a perfectly content, perfectly ordered world, all under the benevolence of his iron will. Who else thinks Doctor Doom here?
  • The deliciously bitter irony of the fact that Shazam saves Superman from Luthor just before Supes kills them both for their trouble is Fridge Brilliance at its finest.
  • Flash and Shazam are nicknamed Those Two Guys because they are often seen together. This makes perfect sense because they are the two most critical of the actions taken by the Regime. Had it not been for the High Councilor murdering Shazam in cold blood for his outspokenness, the Insurgency might have had two heroes defect to their cause instead of just one.
  • Some people think that the Atlantis Archivist giving away info of Regime Superman's uprising to Normal Aquaman is rather stupid since both Aquamen are completely different both physically and in personality. However, with the addition of Martian Manhunter as DLC, and it being explained in his ending that he was in disguise as such Archivist it takes a whole new meaning as Martian Manhunter probably saw him and thought: "Hey, this guy isn't so bad, I'll spill my beans to him."
  • Why does Damian Wayne keep Dick's name of Nightwing rather than a new super identity, especially one so closely associated with the outlawed Batman? Because Nightwing was originally the name of a a Kryptonian Superhero and the Superman supporting Damian is taking it back.
  • What does Insurgency!Luthor say that causes Regime!Superman to lose it and kill him? "Your "peace" a joke!" A JOKE.
  • Regime Raven's more sadistic personality seems to act like a foreshadowing about her portrayal in New 52, in which she receives a good dose of Adaptational Villainy. Note that Raven's alignment in New 52 wasn't made clear during the time Injustice came out, so probably even the DC writers informed Netherrealm Studios about their eventual plan during development and they adjusted Regime Raven to be like the eventual New 52 Raven later.
    • Raven has also had a bad case of Heel–Face Revolving Door throughout her run. Most of the time, she can resist being Trigon's little girl, and the overwhelming evil that comes with "daddy's" influence, But when she can't, the Titans end up having to add statues to their memorial hall.
  • For those who have read the Year Two issues and blame the Guardians of the Universe for not stepping in to save Krypton or at least save the Kryptonian race from extinction, a few things need to be considered: 1. For all of their knowledge, power, and authority, the Guardians of the Universe are not gods and are probably trying not to behave as such; 2. Krypton was heading for a natural, entropy-caused end and trying to stop that could have had negative consequences for the rest of the universe; 3. The Kryptonian authorities were unwilling to even believe that Krypton's end was near and might not have been willing to accept what they would have believed to be unnecessary help from outsiders. This all being considered, letting things happen as they did might not have been as simple a decision as Sinestro would have you believe and it actually might have been a necessary, albeit difficult decision.
    • The sequel game contradicts this as in the Injustice universe it was Brainiac that destroyed Krypton, not the usual natural disaster. Meaning the Guardians were shirking their responsibility as such an attack is the kind of thing the corps were created for.
    • In fact, the Guardians' repeated negligence in the face of world-ending threats is a common theme of the Green Lantern Corp series.
  • It actually makes perfect sense that Lex Luthor would be good in the Injustice universe. It has been seen in multiple comics set in alternate 'what if' universes that no matter what form Superman takes, Lex Luthor is always destined to be his archenemy, in the same way that the Joker is always Batman's archenemy no matter what form Batman takes in the alternate universe. This universe is no different, and since the Superman in Injustice was the villain of the story, the universe subsequently made Lex the hero to oppose him, as always.
  • During gameplay Zod is seen walking on the ground rather than floating like Superman. Given how much time he spends in the Phantom Zone he either doesn't get enough practice with his powers to use them to subtly or he enjoys the feeling of being able to walk around on his own two feet.
  • It seems odd in the Year Four comic that Darkseid would actually engage in his plot as revenge for Superman killing Kalibak but there are reasons. There was a crossover comic with Galactus where Darkseid tried to stop him because no one messes with what is his so he likely held that against Supes. Two, while he has disintegrated Kalibak more than once he always brings him back because Darkseid did love his mother so Superman killing him means that not only can he not revive Kalibak but he has lost the last piece of the one woman he ever loved. Supes pretty much invoked It's Personal with Darkseid on the last point.
  • The Year Three comic provides a concrete reason for why Batman upholds Thou Shalt Not Kill. Superman has a dream where he sees Batman kill the Joker for his actions and immediately turn himself in for murder. This means that he's not on the streets putting the fear of God into the criminals of Gotham. Batman refuses to kill because then he would have to hold himself to the standards he inflicts on criminals and thereby leave Gotham defenseless.
  • Despite all that the bad that has happened by "allowing" the Joker to live, Batman has a strong reason to stick with his Thou Shalt Not Kill philosophy: self-preservation. Look what happens to Superman after he abandons it. Batman is well aware he could go down the same path if he lets his thirst for vengeance overcome him. And Batman has wrestled with these demons throughout most of his life, while Superman has not been nearly as strongly and personally affected by these dark feelings before.
  • The Year Four annual has dissidents of the Regime being held in a prison at the bottom of the ocean, which is very much not a Cardboard Prison. Given one of the biggest gripes Supes had with Bats was that Joker could never be held it makes a lot of sense that he would want a prison as secure as physically possible.
  • After Regime Superman kills Shazam, Grundy solemnly offers to give the body a proper burial. An unexpected showing of Hidden Depths from the classic villain at first, but then it hit me: Grundy’s a zombie. If anyone respects the dead, of course it would be him!

Fridge Horror

  • Fighting in the Batcave results in many a rock falling down onto the arena, particularly if a Clash takes place on the upper level. Now what are the ramifications for Wayne Manor, which is directly atop most of this? This also begs the question of where Alfred is. Did he evacuate when all the rumbling started, is he trapped under a bunch of rubble, or did he fall to his doom through that massive hole you just caused?
    • The prequel comics have confirmed that Alfred was killed by Victor Szasz under Superman's request, in an attempt to draw Batman out.
  • One of the creatures in the Fortress of Solitude's zoo is a starfish alien that is no doubt Starro the Conqueror. In a tiny little ball that anyone can pick up, right next to the "combat strip." Using this stage interactable will smash it into your opponent, freeing him in the process; after flopping around for a moment, he hops offscreen and disappears. Who knows what horrors have been unleashed just for a little extra damage?
  • Regime Raven is not seen anywhere when the Regime falls and most of its members arrested. Assuming she wasn't arrested offscreen by the Amazons, that means that we have someone seeking to bring forth The DCU's equivalent of Satan still roaming free and capable of completing that goal. Given that the mainline heroes eventually return to their universe, there will be no one to stop Trigon's potential return.
  • Doomsday still appears in the background of the Fortress of Solitude, even if he is part of the match (may include a Mirror Match). There is also the matter of Doomsday serving the Regime, whose leader he has tried to kill before. Then again, making clones of him are not impossible. If that would have been the case, and Superman was a bit wiser...
    • They do establish early that Doomsday was uncontrollable without brainwashing, and they manage to find a way to successfully control him.
  • Black Adam picking random cars from the traffic and throwing them at Good!Superman, who proceeds to blow them up with heat vision.
  • Superman killed a child. A superpowered child, but a child nonetheless.
  • Doomsday has one line in story mode- "I live to kill you"- that he says to Superman. He says this while controlled by a collar made by the High Councilor. So either Doomsday, while being Mind Raped, struggles through just to let Superman know that he's relishing this fight, or the High Councilor is saying that through him. That's Luthor levels of obsession.
    • Regime Supes' didn't know Superman had been brought to "his" world yet, if the dialogue after the Doomsday fight is to be believed, since he "knew they'd pull you over eventually." Which means he didn't know. Yet. So the first option seems more reasonable.
  • Regime Superman takes over the world. Sure. How does he change the rest of the world in the process? Nations like the Middle East, and Africa may suffer the same problems Real Life has, and he just elects to place guards everywhere, possibly altering the culture of these countries? If one line of speech is to be believed, individual states still exist(Luthor mentions Kansas beef), but how has he altered their way of living? Surely not for the better, since they are being watched and Supes is practically A Nazi by Any Other Name.
  • In issue 35, Superman breaks Batman's back Bane-style. Assuming Batman has the perfect memory he has in the comics (even without it, I guess it would be enough trauma) and has been on the recieveing end of a Knightfall-type event, you just have to imagine what went through his head right before the deed is done.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Though Nightwing was resurrected as a new Deadman, he will die again, probably at the hands of Damian, as there is no Injustice!Dick Grayson in the game...
    • He's not resurrected. Deadman is a ghost. Dick is a ghost now that he's assumed his mantle.
  • In the 13th issue of Year Three, Superman gives Batman's identity to Joker, probably by accident. But it is not a simple What-If future, it's a Superman's dream. In short, Superman wanted Batman to kill Joker. Though there's nothing surprising in it, still...
  • Joker's still laughing as Superman kills him. Why? Because that's just what he always wanted: he thinks he can bring a hero down by making them kill him. People have often asked why no one just kills the Joker, since it would save more lives. As the game suggests, it may cause even more deaths if a hero is willing to kill in the name of doing what's right.
  • A most chilling horror is coming, you haven't seen the Titans at all in the video game, right? Of course you didn't since Supes mortally wounded Superboy and forced the rest of them to get trapped in the Phantom Zone if they wanted Kon-El to live. The true horror comes when faced with the very real probability that only Superman knew of this extremely evil action. If Batman does not stop to wonder about them or ask Zatanna to check for them, they may as well be trapped for a very, very, long time in there. And, of course, if they get released in the fortress of solitude, Kon-El's wounds won't be treatable in time... And the artifact in question weights 100 tons.
    • Worse? Titans, classically, are not as powerful as the JLA, but make up for it in teamwork and unshakable loyalty to one another. You hurt one of them, you risk the entire past and present lineup showing up at your door to make you regret it. The most devastating blow that ever hit them was when Deathstroke hired Terra to infiltrate them, gain their trust, and destroy them from within. And their first leader who set their style? Dick "Nightwing" Grayson. So you have Dick killed off, which would completely demoralize them. And you have their second leader, Victor "Cyborg" Stone signing on with the regime, along with Raven having one of her "daddy's girl" phases. Both would know just where to hit their former friends. Killing off Beast Boy really couldn't have helped matters, since he can and has talked down both Raven and Cyborg from stupid decisions. And there's no sign of Donna Troy, who is either dead, joining her big sister in the crazy, or otherwise has dim survival odds. It also explains why they went Regime; the Titans have a prodigious death rate. They might be second only to Doom Patrol as far as dying and staying dead. Cyborg and Raven, being long-term team members and close friends to most of those people memorialized in their hall of statues, probably went over the Despair Event Horizon and figured the Regime was better than having to carve one more Titan's statue.
    • On that front, little wonder Cyborg and Raven were the ones who gladly took on the job of torturing Deathstroke. He was a massive problem for the Bronze Age Titans, and (as seen above) the people who might have had a chance of talking them out of torturing a former archenemy aren't in the picture. Again, see Garfield "Beast Boy" Logan, who ended up reaching an understanding with Slade over the whole Terra mess. And for Slade, there's a little nastier irony in that these were his White Sheep son's close friends at one time, and mentors to his Anti-Hero daughter. Good thing Jericho or Ravager II aren't around in this timeline.
  • How many people have died in Regime's attack on Metropolis and Gotham at the end of game?
  • As mentioned with Beast Boy above, we haven't seen any sign of the Doom Patrol. Given their bad luck, they might be dead. That would be the best case scenario. The worst case would be that, given some of the nastier ideas The Chief has endorsed, Mento's chronic mental instability, and their prodigious death rate (several incarnations of the team have ended in Total Party Kill with Robotman as the Sole Survivor), they may have all gone Regime. And given that Robotman is not really a fan of being controlled, it's likely that if the Patrol did go Regime, that Robotman is no longer operational.

Fridge Logic

  • If Catwoman joined the Regime to protect Batman while feeding Superman with false clues, why didn't she just convince Batman to send her to infiltrate the Regime? That's Poor Communication Kills at its best if you ask me, especially when you consider that Luthor pulled a far better job at acting behind Superman's back.
    • Like the cat she is, Selena has always been better with asking forgiveness than permission, particularly where Bats is involved. There was also the chance Batman would just say no to her help, which would compromise her but not help him.
  • How was Regime!Superman able to kill Shazam so easily? Shazam is Superman's equal in physical strength, and he doesn't need to talk to use that strength, or a lot of his magic, which Superman is vulnerable to, so freezing his mouth shouldn't make him completely helpless.
    • Remember this is a kid (depending on continuity, about 12 years old), who only looks older due to the magic supplying his superhero persona. And a kid who idolized Superman to boot. While he was iffy on what Supes was doing with the Regime, he was still naive enough to think his hero knew what he was doing. He just never saw Superman's betrayal coming and was killed faster than he realized what was going on.
    • The Headscratchers page goes into all the ways this really doesn't make any sense. Billy already had his doubts about Superman, which he mentioned to the Flash. He'd seen Superman kill people like Green Arrow, he knew what Superman was capable of, and he should have known what standing up to Superman might involve. So the above explanation makes no sense. Billy was really just killed off to make it clear Superman was beyond saving and to motivate the Flash to leave the Regime.

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