An ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ Animated Movie is Coming
DC’s next animated film is going to be based on Injustice: Gods Among Us, the 2013 video game.
Strangely, the existence of this film wasn’t revealed via an official announcement. Instead it was revealed as a footnote in the press release for Batman: The Long Halloween: Part Two, which states that one of the bonus features on the Blu-ray is a trailer for Injustice. No other details are known about the film right now, but we can likely assume at least most of it will be based off the original video game that came out eight years ago, with some early story beats taken from the spin-off comic series.
Injustice: Gods Among Us in an elseworld story that asks “What would happen if Superman went bad?” It’s one that has been explored many times before, and in this one Superman turns evil after Joker kills Lois Lane, who was pregnant with their unborn child (incidentally, this is similar to the plan Zack Snyder had for Lois Lane in the Justice League sequel). Superman decides the only way to bring peace to Earth is through fear and starts building a totalitarian regime, which splits the DC heroes down the middle and starts a civil war. The game then pitted several fighters against each other over the course of the story, fulfilling the wishes of every DC-loving gamer.
The game proved to be so popular that it spawned a series of spin-off comics, which explored the events of the five years before the game. Injustice picks up right after Lois’ death, so it makes sense that the animated movie would cherry-pick some of the best bits from the comics to build up to the moment that breaks Superman. The game also spawned a sequel that introduced Brainiac as the main villain, but it seems likely that the animated movie will not be pulling any material from that game for now, unless they want to include characters like Supergirl, who has a much larger role in Injustice 2.
Batman: The Long Halloween: Part Two does not have an official release date, but is expected to release sometime this autumn. It seems likely that the trailer will officially debut when that film is released, but Warner Bros. will likely reveal more details before then, such as the cast and crew involved plus plot details.
It’s a good time for fans of DC’s animated projects, as two new Batman and Superman animated series were announced only yesterday as well.