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     The Comic 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Injustice!Batman in the comics and main game is either a true Icon of Rebellion, or a self-righteous, judgmental Jerkass who makes supporters die for lost causes, such as having a bunch of Badass Normal go against Darkseid's legions in an obviously suicidal action while still condemning Superman for killing Parademons, an action which saved millions of lives (including that of Batman and his team-mates). He could probably have reined Superman in by working alongside him, as Clark offered when asking for emotional support. Batman refuses and this makes Superman pretty much isolated turning to a violent Wonder Woman and later, Sinestro, for guidance. Instead, Batman engages in petty surveillance and bugging schemes on Superman and the Justice League and still complains when Superman "outs" his Secret Identity in revenge. He also continues to insist on Thou Shalt Not Kill to Black Canary, despite knowing how dangerous it is to keep Knight Templar Superman in line. Indeed, this action kills Dinah, and only by Doctor Fate's intervention she survived. What's more, in the issue 23 of Year Five Bruce asks Alfred if he really is this.
    • In Regime!Superman's induced dream, his daughter Lara Lane-Kent might be seen as the representation of his conscience and his sanity (both lost in his reality).
    • Wonder Woman's killing of Huntress is either I Didn't Mean to Kill Him or Accidental Murder. Whatever the case, fans on both sides of the issue seem to agree it wasn't handled well at all.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The comics have continued for years after the game's release and extended beyond being a prequel to the game to its own series. Readers feel that the story is hard to enjoy thanks to the Foregone Conclusion nature of the premise (especially the many senseless and often brutal deaths suffered by popular characters) and would prefer it to either end, or be a proper sequel.
    • The ones who like the comics feel that Years Three and Four were low points, while the first two were somewhat well received. These two series had characters missing from the games and generally featured a great deal of obvious Padding.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Regime!Nightwing, or rather Damian Wayne is a trash-talking jerk with little real depth in-game. Considering the game came out right before his comic counterpart's Heroic Sacrifice, this was seen as bad writing in poor taste. The comics have fleshed him out considerably, revealing that the death of Dick Grayson was an accident rather than an attempt at Klingon Promotion and focusing on his close relationship with the Bat family.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: One issue shows Black Racer was captured and is being tortured by Darkseid. This was never touched on again after Kalibak's invasion of Earth.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Joker first appears in the comic when he fatally shoots Jimmy Olsen. Worse than that, he is the reason Superman adopts a zero tolerance policy on crime, as he places a detonator in the pregnant Lois Lane, set to trigger a nuke in Metropolis the moment her heart stops, and then uses a Kryptonite-laced version of Scarecrow's fear toxin to trick Superman into seeing Doomsday, so that the deaths of Lois and the millions in Metropolis are on Superman's hands. He does all of this because he was tired of losing to Batman and wanted to go after an easier target.
    • Darkseid is the despotic ruler of the planet Apokolips and one of the most sworn and powerful enemies of Superman. Torturing Black Racer into submission, Darkseid allows his son Kalibak to lead an assault on Earth, killing tens of thousands of people, before his army was destroyed by Superman. Angered at the fact that Superman sullied his reputation by killing Kalibak, Darkseid starts scheming the destruction of Superman more aggressively, first hiring Lobo to take him down and then, when that failed, joining the conspiracy with Ares and Hera, manipulating humans, superheroes, and Olympians into a bloody conflict, with the human government even launching nukes as a result. After this, Darkseid found the weakened Skeletor in the cosmos, and from him, he found the location of the solution to Anti-Life Equation to be in Castle Greyskull. Invading Eternia, Darkseid kills, captures and transforms thousands of people into his obedient slaves, as he tries to uncover Anti-Life Equation, to take control of the multiverse, killing the minds and personalities of every living being aside from himself.
  • Crazy Awesome: Harley Quinn graduates into this in Year 4, # 19. See Awesome page.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The comic gets hit with a lot of this, to the point where many just skip out on it and enjoy the game proper. A major criticism is that it tends to rely too much on killing off characters for shock value, or as plot devices, rather than take time for character or story development. For instance, it wasn't enough that Lois Lane had to die, she was also pregnant at the time. Just about every superhero winds up stabbing another superhero in the back. Batman even disowns his own son. The villains actually seem to be the most trustworthy characters. And, of course, the massive amounts of Doomed by Canon, which means that the Regime is gonna massacre a hell of a lot of people and the audience is gonna have to be satisfied with only putting them in jail.
  • HSQ: The death count and tragedy rivals Kingdom Come.
  • Idiot Plot: The entire story could have been averted if Superman actually used his super senses to keep track of Lois while she's at the Metropolis docks in the middle of the night. To make matters worse, Lois actually suggested that Superman do that, yet for some unfathomable reason, he didn't.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Regime!Superman, due to his backstory.
    • Injustice!Ares after a fashion during Year Four; he wanted to join a battle against an unknown evil with the gods of other pantheons, was denied and humiliated by Zeus who refused to participate and was turned into a god of war for his troubles. And then, having tried to orchestrate the Regime's downfall for Darkseid, he winds up left at Darkseid's mercy at the end of the year, during which time he claims to have suffered immeasurably Cold-Blooded Torture.
    • Possibly Black Adam, when Superman threatens to destroy Kahndaq.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some readers of the prequel comic just want to see who dies and how, especially if some of the obviously doomed characters are ones they like from the main DC continuity.
  • Just Hiding: Huntress gets this a lot from the comic readers, who point out that unlike some of the other characters, her gravestone hasn't been explicitly seen and there's some ambiguity regarding the manner of her (supposed) death.
  • Les Yay:
    • Huntress and Batwoman. A big part of this stems from the fact that Batwoman reacted with far more explicit anger and sadness at Huntress's death than she did at the death of Renee Montoya, who was her wife.
    • Huntress and Renee, for a similar reason. Renee was so broken up by Huntress's death that she was willing to overdose on super-pills and fight Superman to the death on her own to avenge her.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • NAAARGH!
    • Dick Grayson WAS KILLED BY A ROCK.Explanation 
    • The Butlering. Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Superman crossed this when he mortally wounded Superboy and forced the surviving Titans into getting trapped in the Phantom Zone if they didn't want him to die. If the rest of the JLA had learned of this, Batman would've won the loyalty of everyone on the spot, due to this extremely callous action. Additionally, there was when he and Wonder Woman broke the spine of Galaxor, a fanboy superhero wannabe who tried to stand against their tyrannical policy. It shakes The Flash to the core.
    • For many fans who still felt sorry or sympathy for Injustice Superman's grief or actions, he finally crossed this line in Issue #33 of the prequels comics when he killed Oliver Queen, in front of his own parents, no less, and despite Martha's pleas. As if to drive home how truly gone he is, #34 has him more concerned with tracking down and punishing Batman rather than treating his own father's arrow wound.
    • Sinestro does this when he kills John Stewart… and lies to Hal Jordan about his death, in order to make him murder Guy Gardner. It works.
  • Narm:
    • Superman's face when he discovers the body of Jimmy.
    • The death of Dick Grayson, let's just say it wasn't what fans were expecting.
    • The artist in the comic has problems with drawing faces. But the crowner has to be Batman's face when Catwoman finds him after Dick Grayson died. Later topped by Black Adam making this face. Made even better/worse in context, since he's supposed to be attacking in that scene.
    • The way Superman reveals Batman's secret identity. Batman shut down the Watchtower, so Superman, using Cyborg, posts "Batman is Bruce Wayne" on his Twitter account. It makes sense, but it's so mundane and anti-climactic. Also, Superman has his own Twitter account and everyone knows it's Superman's Twitter account.
    • Sinestro vs Wonder Woman in this pic.
    • In Year Five, while Bane is waiting for his promised duel with Batman, he's leaning against a car with his arms crossed, making him look a bit like a pouting toddler.
  • Older Than They Think: Metropolis was destroyed by a nuclear attack aimed at Superman in a 1996 Elseworld comic. Despite the horrific loss of life, Superman remained the same hero afterward simply because Lois just happened to be safely elsewhere that day.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Martian Manhunter in Issue #29, when he confronts Superman and Wonder Woman, and comes dangerously close to killing the latter, but not before using telepathy to tell Superman why he joined Batman against him, sharing his memories of losing his family to the White Martians:
    Martian Manhunter: "This is what it feels like. When your planet is overrun. When you are part of a weaker species that is dominated by a stronger one. This is what it feels like to be ruled. This is what it feels like to be helpless. You know this feeling."
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • While no one will argue that Superman Jumping Off the Slippery Slope is a good thing, the fact is that in the comics, a lot of the "extreme" measures taken by Superman and criticized by Batman as Beware the Superman are on the face of it, practical and reasonable. Like annihilating all the parademons in a single revolution saved countless human lives, including those of his team-mates who were strained fighting this situation. Batman himself comes across as a Failure Hero whose main asset is self-righteousness on how he maintains Thou Shalt Not Kill over Superman when he has never been in anything like the same situation as he, nor is he willing to compromise and try and temper Superman when the latter, at least in earlier issues, is seeking his approval or guidance when he's at his most troubled. Huntress subscribes to this in-universe at first, outright asking Batman how Superman dealing with the parademons the way he did is a bad thing and threatening to walk away from the Insurgency because Batman has no strong arguments against Superman.
    • Particularly difficult to fault among these early actions is Superman's decision to relocate everyone in Arkham Asylum to some unknown, more secure, location, on the grounds that Arkham Asylum is utterly useless and isn't helping anyone, which is pretty much an objective fact. Arkham Asylum is the poster child for the Cardboard Prison trope, and many of its residents treat it more like a Rec Room than an asylum. Superman's actions essentially amount to a Lampshade Hanging reality check on one of the most ridiculous conventions in all of Comic Books, one which has never had any satisfying explanation apart from simply not drawing attention to it, which makes Batman's opposition to Superman on this matter patently absurd.
    • In addition, in comic Year Two #5, on Sinestro's inspiration, Superman asks Ganthet if they allowed Krypton to die, which Ganthet admits they did. Superman responds with anger. Despite Ganthet's talk about "preserving free will" and Superman already probably being a villain, this is indeed disgusting, as Guardians could help evacuate the planet or at least save some people.
      • And to make things even worse, the sequel series reveals that Krypton was destroyed by Brainiac, meaning the Guardians were even more in the wrong not to get involved and Ganthet's hypocrisy is a thousand times worse.
    • Swamp Thing refuses to help the Insurgency because Superman's Regime has reversed ecological damage, weaned off the use of fossil fuels and revolutionised green energy; for all the Insurgency's gripes about humanity being oppressed, humans are not the only living things that matter on Earth.
    • In Year Five, Catwoman calls out Batman's approach to resistance, noting that the only thing the Insurgency has succeeded in is pushing the Regime into taking increasingly extreme and violent measures to combat them, while they still fight with useless, outmoded tactics and no end-goal other than vindicating their self-righteousness. It's hard to disagree with her, and her decision to walk out of the Insurgency. In Year Five, Issue 23, Bruce actually comes to agree with her, but continues to act because of Alfred's reassuring speech.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In the prequel comic, Damian gets beaten up to varying degrees (and on separate occasions) by Catwoman, Renee Montoya, Batgirl, and Batman himself.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Injustice!Batman is meant to be The Paragon, yet he comes across as unlikable, partly because of the overplayed Evil!Superman AUs in DC Comics in general. His own actions in the comics as an incompetent General Failure are also hard to respect, since Batman clings to Thou Shalt Not Kill even when he's in a war situation rather than a vigilante one, and ends up leading many of his fellow insurgents to their deaths. Some argue that Batman is even responsible for escalating the conflict, and wonder if Superman would have turned out so bad if Batman hadn't opposed him in such a petty way at every step, since Clark is in such a vulnerable position that he's seeking some kind of emotional support; without Batman, he turns to Wonder Woman and later Sinestro, who only cement his dictatorial tendencies.
    • Injustice!Harley. Despite helping nuke Metropolis, showing no remorse for helping to cause Superman's Start of Darkness, killing cops upon her breakout from Arkham, instigating another breakout at Arkham that leads to the death of Dick Grayson, torturing the Flash for no reason, kidnapping a 12-year-old and more, the series treats her as though she's a character who is earning her redemption because of her eccentric and zany personality. One point often brought up is her mention of her daughter that she loves dearly and has kept secret from the Joker, despite the fact that her reaction to finding out Lois was pregnant when she died was one of stark indifference.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite the story being about superheroes, this comic was clearly not meant to be read by younger readers. Special mention goes to the image of Superman impaling the Joker with his bare hand.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Early reactions to Year Five of the comic have generally been this after many readers were upset with the direction the story took from the middle of Year Three all the way through Year Four. The reason seems to be that Year Five feels more like Year One, regarded as the best year of the comic.

     The Game 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In a case of Even Evil Has Standards, when the alternate version of Ares explains to Aquaman that some of the villains who joined Superman were coerced. There seems to be a note of pity, if not outright sadness in his voice. Also his becoming as a god of war shows that he is somewhat a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Doomsday and Raven. Both characters have received both praise and criticism for their appearance, moveset, and especially their voices (particularly Raven for the latter, whose demonically deepened voice doesn't sound as expected). Even after Tara herself revealed that she still is Raven, the camp of "We want Teen/Non-Demonized Raven voice back" is still not destroyed.
    • Killer Frost. Some are fine with her inclusion, others are upset that she was chosen over Captain Cold, and others still decry her as just filling out the "ice character/Sub-Zero/Frost" archetype instead of giving it to a more deserving non-archetype character.
    • Damian's role in the story has set off quite a few fans, especially since the game was released after his Heroic Sacrifice in the comics around the same time. There's also the death itself: there are those who are glad that it's not Damian brutally killing Dick, considering some of the other deaths that have been seen in the game and comics; and those who think the death was incredibly anti-climatic. Not to mention that throwing a heavy pole full force like a javelin at the base of someone's skull and being surprised at the result is not so much an accident as it is colossally stupid.
    • Batgirl for being yet another Bat-character, and for being Barbara Gordon instead of Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown.
    • Scorpion, because he's not even a DC character and is clearly only included because of NetherRealm's previous work.
    • General Zod, out of initial fear that, as he has the exact same powers as Superman, he would play too closely to Superman, and the stigma that he's only included in the game because of his role in Man of Steel. Thankfully, at least the first one has been cleared-Zod has an overall very different playstyle to "Supes".
  • Broken Base:
    • The "Bat-Cast"/"Everyone Else" ratio. As it stands, an approximate fourth of the overall roster is Batman-centric. This even extends into arenas. Of a total fifteen stages, six are related to Batman and two of them are variations of another, one of which doesn't even get used in story mode. This is brought even further in the game's story mode, where Batman is the only character to get two chapters (one as the main Batman and one as his Insurgency counterpart)—not to mention a quick Batman vs Batman fight sandwiched in between Wonder Woman's and Superman's chapters. Fans are split on whether even more should be included or if the "Bat-Cast" has more than its fair share, some even feeling that there should just be a Batman-focused fighting game at this rate.
    • The costumes more or less fall into this. The Darker and Edgier armored look is either awesome or awful. Flash and Harley are the most divisive.
    • Lois being killed off as a means of setting up Superman's role in the Injustice Universe. It's been done. Twice.
    • The basic premise of Superman becoming a fallen hero and Batman again being incorruptible is decried by fans of the former as completely missing the point of Superman, and yet again pandering to Batman's fanbase. As detailed in Alternate Character Interpretation above, Batman is also seen as a Holier Than Thou Hypocrite in the comics since some of Superman's actions that he condemns would be considered perfectly justified, at least early on, such as his handling of the Parademon invasion.
    • General Zod getting his battle armor from Man of Steel as a DLC skin, when the majority of the characters on the disc haven't received one (and in fact is the only DLC character to have an alternate skin thus far).
  • Cant Un Hear It: While bolstered by a number of cases from the DC Animated Universe and Young Justice, this game did set up a number of voices fans imagine in their heads, including Neal McDonough as Barry Allen, and helped cemented Troy Baker and Kimberly Brooks as alternates for Nigthwing and Batgirl/Oracle (granted, unlike in Batman: Arkham City, Baker actually did voice Nightwing, as opposed to his grunts for Tim being reused).
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome:
    • According to Maximillian Christiansen, a metric crapton of players have been using Deathstroke chiefly for his keep-away game.
    Max (after clearing Deathstroke's chapter in Story Mode): I'm gonna use him, but I'm not gonna abuse him.
    • Maximilian says similar things about Green Lantern, stating that he's pretty easy to use.
    • When he was first released, Scorpion had high-damaging, easy to perform combos which overall made him the most broken character at the time. Nerfs have since been applied, knocking his tier placing down considerably.
    • Superman also gets a lot of online players who do nothing but spam Eye Beams all day. Never mind that Superman has ridiculously damaging close range combos.
    • Evo 2014 also had an excessive amount of Batgirls, due to her nasty vortexes. To lay the point, champion Sonic Fox used her, defeating runner-up and Zod user Pig of the Hut after coming from the Losers bracket.
    • Another example is Aquaman, thanks to his Trident Rushes.
    • For an example on the mobile version, go online and see how many teams are some combination of Arkham! Deathstroke, Prime! Killer Frost, Static Shock Arkham! Harley or Scorpion. Explanation 
    • Just about every character has the same basic structure to their combos. Quick hitconfirm, followed by an ability that locks the opponent in for a free Megaton Punch, or just outright animation-canceling into said punch, hit them midair, and the do a further damaging combo as you land. Everyone.
  • Designated Hero: Insurgency!Batman can come across as this at times, because he condemns Superman for taking Joker's life, but somehow, when Joker repeatedly escaped and killed, all he ever did was put him back in Arkham. Some of his decisions come off as accepted as right simply because he's Batman. Huntress at one point even asks him outright (after Batman condemns Superman's killing off the Parademon waves during Kalibak's invasion, which in turn actually saved several of Batman's team-mates' lives), "Explain to Ollie and Dinah why their being alive is objectionable, Bruce!"
    • Insurgency!Harley, even more so. Her whole raison d'etre in the Insurgency is that Superman killed the Joker, and nothing else. She somehow doesn't acknowledge that Joker brought it on himself by pushing Superman past the Despair Event Horizon, and is somehow never really called out on her own complicity in the destruction of Metropolis, and remains a Karma Houdini for it. And yet we're supposed to root for her simply because she's a Cloud Cuckoolander and in mourning. It takes the good Lex's intervention late in the story for her to have an actual Heel–Face Turn.
      • Though she really improves as comics go, finally acknowledging Joker as a madman and villain.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Many people tend to sympathize with Regime!Superman a bit too much. They ignore the fact that, Tragic Villain or not, he unleashed his troops upon a city for calling him out for his actions, killed Shazam for attempting to reason with him and killed one of his friends right in front of his parents despite his Mom attempting to stop him from doing so.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Continuing the trend that started in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman looks to be one in this game, being a fan favorite according to the official facebook page, being chosen as a main character by Mortal Kombat veteran Tom Brady, and being the subject of a TV spot featuring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes arguing if he could beat Wonder Woman in a fight. He can thanks to his "mad sharks."
    • Martian Manhunter. He was one of the most consistently requested characters for DLC, culminating in his eventual announcement as a future playable character.
    • Zatanna was also consistently requested, and in fact, won the fan poll Ed Boon put out on Twitter. Eventually, Ed revealed she was indeed a DLC character.
    • Leader of the Red Lanterns, Atrocitus, who only appears in the game as a non-speaking background character. Many people were excited to see a character from the Green Lantern expanded mythos in the game and hoped he would be made playable. Though he was never added as DLC when the sequel was announced Atrocitus was one of the first characters they announced.
  • Foe Yay: Joker has some clash quotes that comes off as flirting with Catwoman but, it's one-sided.
    Joker: Going my way?
    Catwoman: Go to hell by yourself.
    Catwoman: Watch yourself gargoyle.
    Joker: Here kitty kitty!
    Joker: Always thought we had chemistry...
    Catwoman: Think again!
    Joker: Shame we never hooked up.
    Catwoman: I'll hook you up!
    Catwoman: "You have NO chance against me!
    Joker: Do I have a chance WITH you?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • A Running Gag recurring goal in the S.T.A.R. Labs missions is hitting Nightwing in the head a certain number of times when fighting him. It becomes a lot less funny when you realize that's how he died.
    • Troy Baker voiced Robin in Batman: Arkham City, and voices Nightwing here, mirroring Dick Grayson doing the same thing in his backstory. Then you realize Damian Wayne does the same thing in the Injustice storyline, by killing Dick.
  • Game-Breaker: From the mobile version:
    • Arkham Origins!Deathstroke. His passive allows him to do obscene amounts of unblockable damage on special 1 if he hits 200% (around 80% of a maxed card's full health)... which the AI (including the online defend AI) always achieved. Coupled with the staggering 56% promotion damage bonus on top of his base damage, he got so ridiculous that eventaully Netherrealm changed his AI behaviour so that it doesn't get 200% every single time, but he remained easily the most dangerous card in the game to the point when they released Red Son Green Lantern, they changed his passive so that he makes Red Son characters immune to crits, practically designed to make AO Deathstroke useless.
    • Regime!Killer Frost. It didn't help that she was plagued by bugs in multiple ways, including one that makes her stop all power generation upon special move activation instead of the stated 50%, which is still not fixed. Coupled with her 50% slow (which makes it very hard to block during a basic combo, if you can land them at all), a whooping 90% healing reduction that affects all your cards whether she is tagged in or not and another bug that prevented many players from getting her at all, she got rather infamous.
    • Raven. Her passive swaps health with her opponent when she falls below 20% twice per match. Basically, it allows her to steal 80% of two opponent's maximum health and heal roughly the same amount. Unlike the above two, she is not as good in multiplayer defense because it is relatively easy to burst her down without triggering her passive, but she becomes insanely powerful when controlled by the player. With some block gear, even an E0 Raven can bring two maxed cards almost 10 times as strong to near-death.
    • Ares. He has the single highest damage stat in the game (barring AODS's passive). His special 2 is a humongous one-hit nuke that is unblockable and disables blocks for 10 seconds, basically making him an extremely simple "press s2 to win" character.
    • Man of Steel!Superman, even considered as an example by Netherrealm themselves: his passive gives him a 30% chance of using no power on any move, allowing him to theoretically pull off unlimited back-to-back super moves for massive damage... if you are really, really lucky. While he is considered one of the most powerful cards especially in single player, it is generally too unreliable in multiplayer, yet Netherrealm made the rare decision to nerf him so that his passive only affects specials but not supers, as well as Regime Wonder Woman, lowering her power generation from blocking (maybe more justified because it promotes a zero-effort playstyle).
    • Default!Killer Frost isn't far behind in this category as her very presence on a team dampens power generation for the entire team, thus making any match against her an annoyingly long slug fest, especially if she has healing gear equipped.
    • Injustice 2 Superman in a reversal of the trend of Superman variants with ineffectual passives, can cancel out the first special he takes without blocking, allowing him to No-Sell power drains, DOT of any kind and all other effects such as freezing, thereby nullifying all the others on this list. And he can do this each time he tags in, effectively neutralizing any and all enemy specials if timed right. His second special if unblocked is also extremely powerful and capable of instantly wiping out all three members of an opposing team.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Watching Superman murder Shazam with Heat Vision can be even more unnerving if you’ve seen Brightburn, where a sociopathic boy with Superman powers kills his father like that in an even more gruesome way.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • George Newbern going on to voice Sephiroth, the Fallen Hero of Final Fantasy VII, has some implications as this game shows Superman turn Fallen Hero himself.
    • Batgirl and Catwoman's Clash dialogue could easily read as a Take That! to the controversial Batman: The Killing Joke if this game didn't predate it by several years.
      Catwoman: I'm not sharing Batman with you.
      Batgirl: What? Ew.
    • Killer Frost and The Flash's somewhat out-of-nowhere "I know your weakness." "Romantic comedies?" dialogue becomes funnier when The Flash (2014) is picked up by TheCW with Caitlin Snow as a main character, knowing what they are (in)famous for...
    • In an early scene of the story mode shortly after Billy Batson shoots down Black Adam with a lightning bolt, Green Arrow and The Flash engage in a brief exchange which is humorous in light of the controversial reception to the DCEU films and overall better reception (by comparison) of the Arrowverse TV shows:
      Flash: Green Arrow! What was that?
      Green Arrow: Thunder of the gods, Flash. Thunder of the gods.
      Flash: What does that make us?
      Green Arrow: [after Doomsday and Black Adam crash land into the ground] The clean-up crew.
      • Another humorous observation is that the voice actor for the Flash and Damian Wayne (AKA Regime!Nightwing), Neal McDonough, later opposed Green Arrow in another medium (Arrow) as Damien Darhk.
    • In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the Superman of the film is the son of General Zod, and at one point muses about taking over the world to make it a better place, much like Regime Superman's goal. Despite his lineage, the Gods And Monsters incarnation decides to become more traditionally heroic and rejects his father's ideology.
    • Many people, with the exception of Kratos, might find it humorous that this isn't the first time that Netherrealm Studios has made a fighting game featuring Scorpion going up against a god of war (Ares).
    • Batgirl and Catwoman's Clash dialogue could easily read as a Take That! to the controversial Batman: The Killing Joke, if this game didn't predate it by several years.
    • Joker and Nightwing's Clash confrontation below, on both sides - Nightwing's voice actor Troy Baker voiced Robin in Batman: Arkham City and voices Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins; whilst Joker's Injustice voice actor Richard Epcar has had to follow fan favorite Joker voice actor Mark Hamill, who played Joker in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.
      Joker: Liked you better as Robin.
      Nightwing: Liked you better in Arkham.
    • Batman being called a Scorpion clone after being one of his designated rivals (Superman and Sub-Zero aside) to the latter in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Made noticeable with Batman's Grappling Hook and Slide Kick being very similar to Scorpion's Spear and Leg Takedown. Plus the fact Batman has insanely similar Clash dialogue with Insurgency Deathstroke (with Slade in Bats' place and Bats in Scorps' place).
    Batman: I know your moves.
    Scorpion: As if that matters.
    • Scorpion deriding Batman as being "no Sub-Zero" in their Clash confrontation, with Batman's response that "[He's] Batman" - in Sub-Zero's Arcade mode ending in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, he began emulating Batman's methods.
  • HSQ: The Supermoves are specifically designed for this. Not all will reach this level, but they're intended to show characters at their best, which they do quite effectively.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Main Universe Superman arrives just as the Regime begins its destruction and slaughter of several cities. Before the battle, we see Regime!Superman cut down a steel bridge full of cars, and we don't see any of the heroes going to rescue them. Thousands, if not tens of thousands, probably died before Good!Superman even got there.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some players don't care about the story at all, and just want to use their favorite character to beat up other characters.
  • Les Yay: In the mobile version, you see a pattern for the special cards that give the 10% health bonus to characters. Superman has Lois Lane, Green Arrow has Black Canary, General Zod has Ursa, Black Adam has Isis... Harley Quinn has Poison Ivy. No, it is not Mr. J, which is her energy regeneration card.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • I'm the king of Atlantis! I answer to no-one!Explanation 
    • Aquaman got mad sharks!Explanation 
    • "Time to kick my ass!"Explanation 
    • YOLO is power!Explanation 
    • Zod, you missed earth again! Explanation 
    • From the tournament scene: Joker is banned! Explanation 
    • From the tournament scene: Two frames, son! Two frames! Explanation 
    • Jedi Lex Luthor Explanation 
    • From Injustice mobile: Injustice must have evolved power drain gear. Explanation 
    • The game's name has lead to every perceived unfairness being called out with "This is injustice!"
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Both Joker and Lex Luthor from the main universe, when the former decided to blow Metropolis with a nuke, and the latter gave it to him in order to mock Justice League by rebuilding the city in his own image.
    • The kickstarter of the plot: The Joker of the Injustice universe tricked Superman into killing his wife and unborn child and destroying Metropolis. This breaks Superman to the point that he murders Joker in retaliation, thus causing his Start of Darkness. And why did the Joker do this in the first place? Because he got bored from constantly losing to Batman and wanted to liven things up a bit...
    • Damian Wayne's Klingon Promotion. Insurgency Batman even mentions that he is dead to him for killing Dick. It's revealed in issue #16 that he accidentally killed Dick, though.
    • After Regime!Shazam tries to talk Regime!Superman out of a different one in the form of sending his armies after Metropolis, Gotham City, and then the main universe as an example to those who would oppose his rule, the latter murders him in cold-blood when the former brings up Lois. The murder of Regime Shazam, who is a teenager at oldest, is so cruel that it causes a Heel–Face Turn in one member of the Regime (The Flash), shows that one of the more villainous members (Solomon Grundy) has some standards, and shakes the resolve of a third member (Yellow Lantern).
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • The sound of Hawkgirl's mace hitting. Since this is Hawkgirl we're talking about, expect to go crazy if you use her or are up against her.
    • All of the characters' winquotes. Unlike the intro dialogue, these cannot be skipped, so expect to hear the exact same lines over and over again whenever you win a battle.
  • Narm:
    • At the end of Classic Battle, Regime Superman has flashbacks to his downfall as he's being sucked into the Phantom Zone. The final flashback is of him before the graves of his wife and unborn child. Yes, graves plural; in a display that's simultaneously too much and too little, their unborn child got an entirely separate tombstone yet wasn't assigned a proper name, the engraving reading "Baby Kent."
    • Superman's scream is up there with Dante's in terms of narm.
    • Yellow Lantern's outro consists of him trying his damn hardest to sound threatening, but it's ruined with the line "yellow is power." - In fact, a major problem some people have with the character in the game is that he just doesn't sound threatening at all. But perhaps that's the point, since Yellow Lantern is beaten handily by Green Lantern; and is actually very cowardly, immediately surrendering when faced by Heroic Superman.
    • The way characters bounce between buildings in the Gotham City street-to-rooftop transition looks kind of goofy.
    • During challenge battles in the mobile version, the player is tasked with collecting five artifacts related to the character unlocked by completing the challenge, such as Batman's cowl or Deathstroke's rifle. During the challenge to unlock Darkseid, his gear is all inexplicably prefixed with "Omega," leading to such intimidating names as "Omega Boots."
    • Early on in story, Superman bursts into a serious interrogation between Batman and the Joker. Superman barks a commanding, "Get away from him!" towards Batman. Batman's response? "I'm handling this." It's the disinterested, near-deadpan tone Batman uses that sells it.
  • Narm Charm: Some of the super move descriptions from the mobile game could be considered this.
    Blending death-defying acrobatics with overwhelming force, Batgirl smashes her opposition. UNBLOCKABLE.
    A madman and his toys will always win. The Joker's savage wit is made manifest. UNBLOCKABLE.
  • Porting Disaster: A rare inversion with an arcade version released by Raw Thrills exclusively for the restaurant chain Dave & Busters. The game is based on the mobile version of Injustice rather than the console versions and is controlled via four buttons, two to attack, one to block, and one for the special move, while directional control is automatic, always keeping the two fighters in striking range. As a result, the simplification eliminates nearly all the nuance from the control system. To add insult to injury, you must buy a trading card (dispensed by the machine) to select a character. So for example, if you wanted to play as Batman, but kept getting Green Arrow and Bane cards, tough. You would need to continue spending until the machine decided to give you a Batman card to scan. Only then would you be allowed to use Batman. To top it all off, the game was released in October of 2017, well after Injustice 2 had seen widespread release in both console and mobile forms.
    • The mobile versions, despite being freemium games are generally seen as an inversion, although obviously inferior to their console counterparts. Injustice 2 even has a story mode on mobile.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Aquaman generally has Never Live It Down joke status since the Superfriends cartoon. His portrayal here is helping to revitalize his reputation as a badass to non-comic readers.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The extreme lack of nuance between Injustice!Bats and Injustice!Supes and the tiredness of the AU Beware the Superman trope has led fans to actively root for the Regime, especially given Batman's General Failure reputation, his utter lack of responsibility to his own soldiers who he leads to death, and his refusal to negotiate or compromise with Superman on any issue, even The Joker's death or that of Parademons.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: In the mobile version, the random tag mechanic. It makes you impossible to choose when to tag into your team's characters. Since a lot of the skill involved is managing power (and super moves) as well as knowing when to tag in who due to mobile's simple gameplay, this is very frustrating and often particularly luck based.
  • Special Effects Failure: In Green Lantern's victory cutscene, he stands among a host of fellow Green Lanterns, all of which are very obviously static images hovering back and forth. Hammeroon, the humanoid immediately to Hal Jordan's left, is particularly conspicuous due to how dynamic his pose is.
  • Spiritual Licensee: For various reasons, namely being a relatively story-based fighting game based on a licensed property, some call this the western Persona 4: Arena.
  • Squick: Some of the stage transitions have impacts visceral enough to elicit wincing or at least a That's Gotta Hurt reaction.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The New Regime trailer. While Superman and his fellows became evil, they are right: before coming to power, criminals were unstoppable, as it was essentially nothing to fear for them: government did nothing to properly imprison or punish, and heroes didn't kill IN ANY CONDITION. "Look at the Joker. Would he even exist if not for you?"
  • That One Attack:
    • Raven's psychokinetic grabs have ludicrous range: Only from the far side of the screen is her opponent safe without having to block.
    • The AI tends to use Green Lantern's "Lantern's Might" grab and Sinestro's "Final Impact" attack very frequently.
    • Superman has a few of these. His Eye Lasers hit across the full Screen, builds meter, and does solid damage and chips, and its even better when meter burned. His super move has super armor, goes all the way across the screen, and executes in only 2 frames. (For reference, most normal standing light attacks take 10 frames to execute.) None of the other super moves are anywhere as good as it.
    • Nightwing in Staff stance. Almost all of his attacks in this are safe on block and most of those moves give him frame advantage. Combine that with long reaching attacks and good mixups you got pressure monster.
    • Scorpion retains his Mortal Kombat 9 moveset, including his Hellfire attack, which teleports him behind an opponent to set up damaging combos. This is problematic here because Injustice lacks a block button, instead players must hold the opposite direction button from their opponent to block.
    • Cyborg's air projectile can be done again and again so quickly, it's the best zoning move in the game. (It used to be mid-hitting, which resulted in opponents being unable to crouch under it, making it a block-stun infinite—before it was patched to be a high attack. Even after that nerf, it's still the best zoning move in the game.)
    • Batgirl has an almost limitlessly ranged move where she teleports right to her opponent and grabs them. The AI uses this move for all it's worth and makes it almost impossible to launch any attacks that she won't just intercept.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Lobo is considered by many as one of the worst characters in the game.
    • From the other end of the scale, Raven is building something of a hatedom for being too overpowered. Her new design doesn't help either.
    • Superman. So much that the Grand Final of Evolution 2013 consists of booing at Superman.
      • On the flipside, most of the Superman variations in the mobile version fall on the opposite end of the spectrum, as they tend to have relatively low attack and uninspired and useless passives compared to some of the far more advantageous ones that Batman and the newer releases tend to have. Dawn of Justice Superman in particular, was decried for having a passive with a very low chance of triggering and which is absolutely useless in single player. The only ones to have a good passive so far have been Man of Steel, Godfall and Red Son. Superman fans have wondered out loud whether the dev-team has something against the character. This trend was reversed with the Injustice 2 version who with his extremely high stats and passive, is an instant Game-Breaker.
    • In the mobile version, Hawkgirl is memetically considered the worse character to ever plague challenge packs. Somewhat improved after a buff that doubled her passive tag cooldown to 4 seconds, making her a reasonable niche pick that goes well with Black Adam, New 52 Nightwing and the new (thus very powerful) Luchador Bane.
    • Also from the mobile version, both versions of Killer Frost are loathed in online PVP for being such Game Breakers, especially the default version for nerfing the entire team's power generation, and having an unblockable S2. The Regime version's hideous design does not help matters either. Going up against both of them with most teams becomes a frustrating slog that is borderline unwinnable.
      • The Joker (the regular silver version and the Insurgency version; The Killing Joke Joker has always been strong) has been this for a while, as his passive used to deal very little damage that scaled poorly. An update changed it so that upon death, his passive deals 30% (silver) / 40% (gold) of enemy maximum health as unblockable damage, which is no laughing matter. This would also make him a possible counter to cards that increases team % health like Red Son Solomon Grundy or Krypto Lex Luthor. He is also not reliant on power to support stronger cards - he just needs to blow up in your face to smack off a large portion of your life bar, dealing the same damage regardless of his stats.
  • That One Level: The S.T.A.R. Labs missions certainly don't lack for challenge, but some, such as The Flash's last mission (Mission 40: Go Boom!, where you have to defeat Lex Luthor—who comes with a shield ability that reflects all damage for a few seconds—under a time limit), are ludicrously hard.
    • In the Mobile version, the Bonus Battle 7.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Inverted with Batman's Supermove. Many people were underwhelmed with Batman's original Supermove (a short beatdown before stringing the opponent upside-down and dropkicking them), and Netherrealm responded by completely changing it (keeping the opponent stunlocked with smoke, tasers, and explosives before the Batmobile rams them). The response has been very positive, though some speculated that there would be multiple Supermoves (there aren't).
    • Also inverted with Red Son Superman's intro. While his "de-Clark Kenting" didn't look horrible, it did look rather silly with his conspicuous black gloves clashing with his civilian clothes (which the Red Son Superman never wore). In the final release, he flies in from the Fortress of Solitude like most of his alternate costumes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some characters have such small parts in the plot when they could have greatly expanded the overall story. Notable examples include the heroic Nightwing, who could have had very interesting interactions with the Regime world's Bat Family, and both versions of Catwoman, as her brief appearances in each setting unfortunately result in her seem unwitting at best and idiotic at worst. It doesn't help that the main Catwoman is portrayed as a villain, even though the comic book character has been heroic since the mid-90's.
    • Additionally, the main universe versions of Shazam, Hawkgirl, Black Adam, and Raven (i.e., the one not possessed by Trigon) are all but an afterthought in the story, with Raven getting little more than a line in the opening cutscene.
    • C'mon, who else wanted to have other DC characters to be playable instead of being simple cameos?
    • Really now, the Clash system has a lot of wasted potential even with how extensive it is. Most characters don't have Mirror Match dialogue between their main and Regime/Insurgency counterparts, with Nightwing arguably the worst example. The DLC are also a bit wasted; Lobo and Scorpion only have dialogue with Superman and Batman, while Batgirl only has dialogue with all other Batman characters save for Bane and Harley.
    • In term of supporting characters, we never see Prime Lois Lane reacts to the fact that Superman has gone so much to the deep end at her death. Heck, she didn't even make a cameo.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Hey, Bane? Since you're shooting at Wonder Woman, you want to try shifting your aim and not hitting her indestructible bracelets? No? Okay, whatever.
    • Good Superman's decision in his ladder ending is quite unwise. Taking a Kryptonite pill and giving almost all his Justice League colleagues a trigger to activate it. What if one of those triggers falls in the wrong hands? And what if one of the members becomes evil?
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite being a fighting game featuring beloved superheroes, this game was clearly not meant for adolescent gamers. There's an abundance of bloody violence, a few sexual innuendos, complex character arcs, morality issues, and Superman turning evil and taking over the world through a violent dictatorship. The game opens up with Supes violently murdering the Joker before he grows into a much worse character as the game goes on. It should say a lot that the creators of Mortal Kombat developed this game.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Zatanna's voice actress uses the same voice used in Young Justice. It's fine in that show... where she's a teenager. Here, it sounds a little too young for what appears to be a more adult physique (and in the comics, Zatanna is supposed to be around the same age as Bruce Wayne/Batman). If she's meant to be a fairly young adult (say, early twenties), it would be understandable, but as it is, it can be somewhat jarring. Especially, since the game has another actress who is already known for playing an adult Zatanna amongst the cast members.
    • Stephen Amell from Arrow naturally provides the voice for Green Arrow's Arrow skin but his performance, though just the same as the one on the show, doesn't mesh well of the lines that were clearly written for Alan Tudyk's more lighthearted take on the character.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • It's understandable that Superman and Batman might have their Underwear of Power removed, but The Flash gaining Underwear of Power is just baffling.
    • Bane's alternate, AKA "S&M Bane". It needs to be seen to be believed.
    • Killer Frost's alternate costume looks like she took a wrong turn at the corner of Fallout Avenue and Mad Max Boulevard.
    • Player 2 alternative colours occasionally fall into this. While some looks great, like "mostly black" Batman or "Blue 52" Nightwing, we also have stuff like "sky-blue Domino Mask" Nightwing and "mustard yellow shirt" Aquaman.
    • The fact that almost all Player 2 colors look exactly the same to the Player 1 costumes makes it very difficult to differentiate between the two on screen. They were probably expecting players to use alternate costumes, but that doesn't excuse it for people that prefer the default costumes or haven't gotten any alternates. Scorpion is the probably most egregious example. His normal Player 2 is only slightly darker than his Player 1 outfit. Oh, and he doesn't even have an alternate outfit to avoid this.
    • People often complain about superheroes and a lack of adequate armor, but Superman, one of the few people here who doesn't need armor, is wearing armor. Nothing new, mind you, but still.
    • Speaking of Superman, the Man of Steel costume, or rather the awkward hairstyle change in an attempt to replicate Henry Cavill's look. Cavill has the jawline and physique to pull it off, but the in-game model looks too similar to the Regime skin's swept back do. Some fans wish that NRS had simply used the New 52 skin's head instead. This just adds to the studio's dubious history of odd character face models. By contrast, the costume is directly modelled on the actor in the mobile version, and looks much better as a result.
    • Scorpion's Jim Lee designed costume draws this from some of his fans.
    • Zatanna, being a performer, doesn't have a set uniform in the comics— just a general aesthetic of feminine pantsless tuxedo, top hat, and fishnets. Her Injustice costume suffers from the character designers wanting to have their cake and eat it, too— she has a bow tie, cleavage, and a ruffly thing on her neck to suggest a doublet. Any two of these would be fine, but all three just looks awkward.


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