Last May, DC and NetherRealm announced that they were teaming up for another fighting game called ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’. Unlike their first collaboration, ‘Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe’, heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash will be brutal and unforgiving in this alternate DC Universe where heroes and villains alike are battling for supremacy. The highly anticipated game hits stores in April, but anxious fans won’t have to wait until Spring to enter the universe of the game.
According to IGN, DC Comics will be releasing a prequel comic book series that takes place five years before the events of the game to reveal how the heroes ended up in such a dark place. The series will be released in 10-page chapters on the DC Comics app on iOS, Android, Web, iBookstore, Nook Store and Kindle Store every Tuesday before making an appearance in print on the last Wednesday of every month.
The site sat down with writer Tom Taylor to discuss what to expect from this series that explains how the Justice League comes to blows with each other in ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’.
After talking about the challenges providing a narrative to a fighting game, Taylor mentions the freedoms of writing in an alternate universe:
“I’ve actually been pouring my heart and soul into this one. Superman has been my absolute hero for as long as I can remember and, for reasons that will become obvious, this has been a very hard one to write from that point of view.
Yes, it has been freeing. Probably the most freeing thing I’ve ever worked on in licensed comics. There has been nothing off the table with this series. Everything you read will be how I wrote it. I wrote that fully expecting a conversation would be coming with my editors but no one batted an eyelid. Nothing and no one is safe or sacred in our series.“
He expands on his love of Superman and all the heroes in this series and goes on to express his excitement to write these characters, although they’re different than the versions we’re used to:
“I have a lot of respect for these characters and I don’t want to cheapen them in any way or write them acting in a way that I know they wouldn’t. Yes, the characters will be significantly changed by events and circumstances but I’ve wanted to make sure that this is a slow, natural change in personalities and principles.
This is my first time writing a lot of these characters and it’s always daunting writing characters you’ve pretty much worshiped. The first time I wrote Luke Skywalker and Han Solo was pretty overwhelming. But writing Superman is that next level, he has always been my dream in comics. With ‘Injustice’, that dream has become a reality… and that reality has become a nightmare.”
While the writer doesn’t come right out and say it, I’m guessing that Superman does some pretty horrible stuff in this series. I get that feel from the various unlettered panels that are scattered throughout the interview. If that’s the case, I might even check this series out because I’m a big fan of changing Superman. That boy scout needs more of an edge and this might just be the series where he gets it.
If you’re interested in what else Taylor has to say, head on over to IGN for the full interview. The first chapter of this series is available now on the DC Comics app and will be available in print later this month.
How does this prequel series to ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ sound to you? Are you planning to pick it up before the game comes out? Let us know in the comment section!