After releasing one of the best Batman stories, Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1 & 2, Warner Bros Animation has released Injustice with a myriad of superheroes. Injustice is a DC animated film adaptation of the popular video game of the same name directed by Matt Peters. Like most high-quality DC home video animated films, is Injustice able to match other films?
Once upon a time, in one of DC’s parallel universes, namely Earth-22, the Joker, who was tired of playing with Batman in Gotham City, has turned to Metropolis. Unmitigated, the Joker turns out to have big plans for Superman. His girl, Lois Lane, who is currently pregnant, has been kidnapped by the Joker and Harley Quinn. The Joker turns out to plant a nuclear bomb trigger in Lois’ heart; when it stops, the City of Metropolis will be destroyed. Cunningly, the Joker managed to outwit Superman, and he accidentally killed Lois, and of course, the city of Metropolis was destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Superman was furious with his revenge. This incident made him sick of all forms of crime and threatened death for all individuals who committed it. Batman, who saw this overreaching action, finally formed a team to block Superman’s intentions.
The premise is fascinating, especially for DC superhero connoisseurs. The character of Batman, which we are familiar with for his principles and ideals, which the Joker often tests, is a long tradition that makes Batman a BATMAN. But now, when Superman gives the test, will he be strong enough to accept it? This is the big premise of the story, and Superman is not Batman. Good intentions do not necessarily lead to good actions. Superman goes out of control by using his powers to force his will. The act of killing, which is one of the highest ethical codes for superheroes that Justice League members must not violate, has now been suppressed by Superman. This inner and physical conflict between Batman and Superman is an exciting spectacle. Batman has brains, but Superman has muscles.
Unfortunately, this exciting premise cannot be supported by a solid story development. One reason is that there are too many superhero figures (like the video game). Some of DC’s iconic big superheroes seem to pass by with completely unimportant roles. Major superheroes fell without any strong emotional ties with the audience. The exciting premise begins to fade, with the development of the story is weak. The climax feels anticlimactic. With such a quick and easy finish, the antagonist also doesn’t get the revenge he deserves for his action.
Injustice presents a video game adaptation of the DC superhero story with a development that isn’t as promising as its premise. Tribute to the video game is also used by presenting the “fatality” action of Superman when he beats his enemy with his distinctive style. Overall the action is very entertaining, but what’s the point if it doesn’t have a strong story. The premise can be made more exciting and intense by raising the personal conflict between Batman and Superman. Injustice proved to fail to match the quality of previous DC animated films. But at least, the story of this film is still much better than most of the theatrical versions of the DCEU films.