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Captain Cold? Ra's al Ghul? The Atom? For clues to the Injustice 2 roster, it might be best to look at DC's current film and TV projects

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • October 21, 2016 at 11:56 a.m. PDT • Comments: 16

Obviously, roster discussions are heated when it comes to the upcoming DC comics fighting game Injustice 2.

No character is confirmed or deconfirmed until they're properly shown by NetherRealm, but speculation has never hurt anyone, right?

To delve deeper into what characters might be in Injustice 2, we must first take a glance at what we've seen so far. Supergirl, who has a TV show running currently on the CW (though it started over at CBS), was shown at the game's gameplay debut, despite Power Girl outplacing both her and Batgirl (who ended up being DLC in the first game) in an unofficial Twitter poll held by Boon back in 2012.

Besides Supergirl, we also saw a trailer reveal for Harley Quinn, who was of course a shoo-in, and the much-less-guaranteed Deadshot in close conjunction with the release of DC Comics' Suicide Squad film. Even back in Injustice 1, the somewhat surprising choice of Zod was put into the game while Man of Steel was in cinemas.
For the implications of this regarding the rest of Injustice 2's roster, continue below.
While none of this makes it possible to drawn any concrete conclusions, there are certainly some interesting things to point out. One of these is the elephant in the room, who people have been talking about since the game's announcement trailer, is Ra's Al Ghul. Many lines in the announcement trailer sound like they could very well be lines of Ra's Al Ghul, one of Batman's greatest foes, though in the dark setting of the Injustice universe he could very well end up being an ally.

This also makes sense since DC heavily featured Ra's Al Ghul during the 2014-2015 season of The CW's Arrow, where he was featured as the main villain opposing Oliver Queen, The Green Arrow. Even after his stint on Arrow, he has continued to appear in the spinoff series DC's Legends of Tomorrow, a time-traveling adventure series.

Speaking of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, one of the main players in that series had their start on yet another DC Comics tv show on The CW, namely The Flash. Captain Cold has long been considered one of The Flash's greatest villains, typically compared alongside Reverse-Flash and Gorilla Grodd (who is in the game already). One thing fans with keen eyes have been bringing up is how in every Injustice trailer shown so far, there are certain objects being analyzed as the logos flash by, and one of them is actually Captain Cold's freeze gun, which you can see below.

Captain Cold's Gun image #1
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While this certainly isn't proof of anything, it's interesting to note that Captain Cold is being referred to in the official trailer materials already.

As for our last headline occupant, there are no in-trailer things that lead me to believe The Atom will necessarily be a part of the game, but his set of powers and abilities lead to interesting possiblities the current known cast do not have at their disposal, as well as the fact that Brandon Routh currently portrays The Atom as a headliner on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, after debuting on Arrow two years ago.

We can't know anything about Injustice 2's roster until we get new materials via trailers or announcements, but I'd say that these three are likely bets, as DC would undoubtedly like to nab as much cross-promotion as they possible can in their different media avenues.

For more evidence of such practices, look no further than Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's roster, which put a heavy focus on Avengers due to the upcoming film, and even putting characters like Rocket Raccoon and Iron Fist, who had no publicly known projects at the time, into the game, likely connected to the fact that internal negotiations for their projects were taking place, unbeknownst to us.

Are there any particular characters you believe we'll be seeing because of their relevance in other DC media? Let us know in the comments.
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