If you’re a huge comic fan like I am, then you probably have heard of Red Son, an incredible story with one premise: what if Superman didn’t land in Smallville? What if he landed in Soviet Russia?
And now NetherRealm Studios is bringing Red Son to their upcoming DC Comics fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, which you can see in the developer diary footage below.
The “Red Son Pack,” a Gamestop preorder exclusive, will give players 20 S.T.A.R. Lab missions for the scenario mode, and three new character skins: for Superman, Wonder Woman, and Solomon Grundy.
Yeah, comic fans, you heard right: Solomon Grundy, not Batman. I’ll get to that in a second.
First, the scenario mode. Veterans of NetherRealm’s 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot will find this mode familiar, since it basically resembles MK‘s Challenge Tower. For the uninitiated, MK‘s Challenge Tower gives players a unique challenge with each stage, which can be anything from “fight this person without pressing X” to a basic side-scrolling beat-em-up. NetherRealm promises that Injustice will offer even more diversity to the missions, some of which you can see in the video below.
Now, back to Grundy. My fellow comic fans out there may be wondering why the characters involved in this DLC are Superman, Wonder Woman, and Solomon Grundy, who even NetherRealms admit wasn’t in the original Red Son story. A greater question is why a Red Son Batman skin wasn’t considered, especially since he’s actually in the story, and is integral to the story’s narrative. The world may never know, but for now, we’ll just have to deal with Soviet Grundy, born on a понедельник.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is set to release to the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U on April 16th, 2013.