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Injustice: Gods Among Us trailer debuts Batgirl

Thursday, 9th May 2013 17:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Warner has released an Injustice: Gods Among Us trailer showing upcoming DLC character, Batgirl, in action. Watch her kick some Joker ass below, as promised last week. Batgirl is the next available DLC and will run you 400 MS Points/ £3.99 on Xbox 360 and PS3.

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  1. Clupula

    I’m amused that they gave Joker his Killing Joke tourist outfit. I guess that comes with the next compatibility pack/patch.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. FrayJoker

    There’s paying homage, and then there’s glorifying some of the darkest, most vicious and sadistic moments of Bat-history.

    I mean yes, Death in the Family and Killing Joke are two of Joker’s greatest stories. But seriously? What that outfit symbolises is the torture, implied rape and paralysis of Barbara Gordon. That crowbar represents Jason Todd being beaten brutally to death, only to have his limp remains plucked out of ruins by a grieving Batman.

    I don’t know. This is either a bit fucking cheeky, or really just sick.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Clupula

    @2 – Personally, I was overjoyed to see the crowbar, because of what it represented. I’m so sick of the Joker being portrayed like he’s still Caesar Romero’s slightly mean prankster. The Joker is a psychotic madman who enjoys nothing more than the misery of others for the simple fact that he feels that all the things that are important to people are jokes. Having him use electric joybuzzers and dance around like a fool after a move doesn’t reflect what the character is currently like. Obviously, you haven’t played the game or you would know that his win pose is him actually pouring gasoline on his defeated opponent and then throwing a lit match on them and then looking at their body burn with a smile on his face.

    THAT is the Joker. Everything about him SHOULD be sick.

    I am hoping that they eventually do his currently look, with his skin mask.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. FrayJoker

    I more or less agree with your assessment of the character except it doesn’t take into account the chaos of the character. Only the Joker knows the punchline, and there’s no way of knowing what the joke is.

    But this is still a bit much, by all means make Joker as frenzied and vicious as he deserves to be. This is like making a football game with OJ Simpson where after match you can follow him home and choose how he murders Nicole Brown Simpson. This is Anthony Mundine in a boxing game where his special move allows him to bite ears off.

    I’m sure that the developers felt they were paying homage to some of Joker’s “greatest hits”. But this feels like a celebration of sadism.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Clupula

    @4 – The difference is that O. J. Simpson is a real person, while the Joker is a fictional character. If he had been real, I would agree with you.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. FrayJoker

    I don’t think fiction necessarily gets a free pass. When you do something like this I think you need to do it with reason more than just homage. This is not a format where characters can react appropriately, where there can be character arcs that deal with the issues at hand.

    This is just trauma for trauma’s sake, which is deeply disrespectful of the source material.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    If they were going to do characters close to other more popular characters I would have thought Bizarro Superboy(connor) or Superboy/man-Prime would be a better pick than her.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. silkvg247

    Have you ever noticed how quite a few female (not all!) “superheroes” are just afterthoughts – female versions of an already defined male character?

    And because of that they’re basically shit and uninspiring?

    Batgirl… meh
    Supergirl.. the 2 star film says it all.
    Spiderwoman.. lol

    The other heroes aren’t great either. Catwoman.. the power of sexiness woooo. Leather and a whip. Truly inspirational and not at all thought up purely as eye candy for the nerds.

    Wonderwoman would kind of be ok.. if not for the absurd outfit and name. Then again superman looks bloody ridiculous too so I’ll let it pass.

    The only female hero I have any admiration for or can relate to even a little bit, is Rogue. And not the weak brat version from Xmen, either (what were they thinking, it’s actually insulting). The cartoon one.. a grown woman, and arguably the most powerful mutant – everything Ms Marvel had, and the ability to take on anyone’s powers, and near immunity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_(comics)#Powers_and_abilities

    Wish they’d make a film about her.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. FrayJoker

    A lot of female superheroes were derivative afterthoughts. In the silver age, a lot of comic book companies were trying to work out how to make comics interesting to women. Their basic formula went:

    Batman is awesome + Girls relate to girls = Batgirl will appeal to girls.

    Batwoman literally came about because of rumours that Batman and Robin were in a gay relationship. That’s all the dimension that character ever had. Kind of ironic as the latest incarnation of Batwoman is a lesbian.

    Ace the Bathound and a slew of superhero animals came about with a similar formula.

    Slump in Sales + Kids like animals = Superhero animals! Genius!

    Fortunately since then these characters have been explored properly with depth and interest. Batgirl may be derivative, but only so in cape and cowl. Barbara Gordon is a fantastic character, and one of the best female superheroes out there.

    #9 1 year ago