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Injustice (2021 film)

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Injustice
Injustice (2021 film).jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byMatt Peters
Written byErnie Altbacker
Based onInjustice: Gods Among Us
by NetherRealm Studios and Injustice: Gods Among Us comics
by Tom Taylor
Produced by
Starring
Edited byCriag Paulsen
Music byRobert J. Kral
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • October 19, 2021 (2021-10-19)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Injustice is a 2021 American adult animated video-on-demand superhero film based on the 2013 video game of the same name, developed by NetherRealm Studios and based on characters from DC Comics. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, it is the 43rd installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies (DCUAOM) line. The film is directed by Matt Peters from a story by Ernie Altbacker and stars Justin Hartley and Anson Mount as Superman and Batman, respectively. The film, set in a separate continuity from the main DC Universe, follows Superman’s descent into madness after being tricked by Joker into killing his pregnant wife Lois Lane and detonating a nuclear weapon that destroys Metropolis.

The film was announced in May 2021, with Altbacker writing the script. The film adapts elements from both the Injustice video game and its prequel comic book series, primarily the Year One arc, but tells an original narrative which diverges from the source material. The film received negative reviews from critics and audiences, which were mainly directed towards its rushed plot and deviance from the source material, but some praised the animation and voice acting.

Plot

On Earth Twenty-Two, Superman hears a second heartbeat coming from his wife, Lois Lane, and realizes that she is pregnant. Simultaneously, Batman arrives in Metropolis in pursuit of the Joker, who has stolen Kryptonite from S.T.A.R. Labs. Alongside Harley Quinn, Joker kills Jimmy Olsen, kidnaps Lois, and steals a nuclear weapon, which they connect to a heart rate monitor surgically attached to her heart. Upon hearing of Lois' capture, Superman and Batman call upon the other members of the Justice League to find her. While searching the city, Flash finds the Scarecrow dead in his lab and his supply of fear toxin missing, before being killed by a trap laid by Joker.

Superman eventually finds the Joker and Harley hiding on a submarine, but is attacked by Doomsday upon confronting them, and flies the monster into space. As the other heroes arrive and apprehend Joker and Harley, Batman realizes that they have mixed the stolen fear toxin and Kryptonite, using it to make Superman hallucinate that he is fighting Doomsday; in reality, he has killed Lois. Before Superman can be warned, Lois' death triggers the detonation of the warhead, destroying Metropolis and killing millions of people.

Joker is apprehended and brought to Arkham Asylum, where he reveals to Batman that, frustrated with being unable to break him, he turned his sights on corrupting Superman instead. Moments later, a grieving Superman crashes the interrogation, killing Joker by impaling him with his fist, ripping out his heart, much to Batman's horror. Aboard the Watchtower, as the world reacts to his actions, Superman resolves to take a firmer stance on preventing death, which is supported by Wonder Woman but disavowed by Batman, believing that he will throw away his and the Justice League's ideals.

While Green Arrow takes Harley to his hideout to protect her from Superman's wrath, Superman reveals his secret identity before the United Nations and announces his intentions to bring peace to Earth, by force if necessary. The Justice League is left divided over Superman's actions; with some embracing his new methods, while Green Lantern, Aquaman, Shazam, and other members refuse to support them and leave the Justice League.

Meanwhile, the United States government becomes concerned that Superman will interfere in their operations, and have Mirror Master and his soldiers kidnap his father, Jonathan Kent, as leverage against him. Superman begins to question his actions, but Wonder Woman reassures him that he is doing the right thing. Locating Mirror Master, Wonder Woman and Raven force him to give up Jonathan's location and takes his belt, which Superman uses to find and rescue his father. In the White House, Batman confronts the President and warns him not to go after Superman's family.

Later, Superman visits Gotham City for the next stage of his plan and tries to make peace with Batman, only to fall into an argument over their ideological views, culminating in Batman rejecting Superman. Alongside Nightwing, Batman heads to Arkham to prevent Superman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg from forcefully relocating Arkham's inmates to a more secure facility, discovering that his son Robin has joined Superman. Harley, after escaping from Green Arrow and deciding to become a hero, releases the inmates to kill Superman, forcing the heroes into battle. During the fight, Robin lashes out against Nightwing, accidentally killing him by snapping his neck. A heartbroken Batman disowns Robin for his actions, leaving Arkham with Nightwing's body. Informed of what happened by Superman , Catwoman arrives at the Batcave to comfort Batman. In the afterlife, Nightwing meets Rama Kushna, who transforms him into Deadwing to restore balance to the world.

Robin introduces Superman to his grandfather, Ra's al Ghul, who offers his assistance in furthering his mission; however, he refuses to partner with a villain. Alongside other heroes who refused to join Superman, Batman forms an underground insurgency and makes plans to steal a red sun cannon from the Fortress of Solitude to defeat Superman. Realizing Batman's plan, Superman arrives at the Fortress, defeating Captain Atom before being subdued by the Atom wielding a microscopic piece of Kryptonite. Before the cannon can be stolen, Ra's destroys it and kills Atom with gas. Green Arrow attempts to shoot Superman with a Kryptonite arrow, only for it to be deflected into Jonathan, resulting in Superman killing Green Arrow in anger. Following his father's last words, Superman allows Batman and his team to escape with the Phantom Zone Projector, and officially partners with Ra's.

Superman publicly declares his intentions to use T-Spheres, which survey the world and prevent crime, and later kills a nightclub of teenagers for wearing the Joker's symbol. To counter this, Batman has Plastic Man break the T-Spheres' creator, Mister Terrific, out of Superman's prison in the Mariana Trench, receiving unseen help from Deadwing. Video footage of Superman attacking the nightclub is leaked, leaving Wonder Woman uneased. Superman dispatches Amazo, an indestructible learning android constructed by Ra's, for a test run in Smallville. However, Amazo quickly turns violent and attacks Superman, and Ra's announces his intentions to betray him. Able to replicate metahuman powers, Amazo overpowers the Justice League, killing Hawkman and Cyborg, but Batman and his allies arrive and help Superman and Wonder Woman destroy the android. Meanwhile, Robin, having had a change of heart, duels and defeats Ra's with Deadwing's help.

Despite their aid, Superman prepares to have the insurgents arrested and incapacitates Wonder Woman after she turns on him. However, having created an interdimensional gateway using his technology and the Phantom Zone Projector, Mister Terrific summons the Superman of Earth One, who battles his counterpart. Earth Twenty-Two Superman defeats Earth One Superman as the latter was holding back, but surrenders after being talked down by Lois from Earth Nine, who lost her Superman in a battle against Brainiac and remains pregnant with his child. Remorseful of his actions, Superman agrees to be imprisoned as penance. Although unsure of what will happen next, Batman makes preparations to rebuild the world and his life with Catwoman.

Cast

Voice actor[1] Character
Justin Hartley Superman
Anson Mount Batman
Laura Bailey Lois Lane
Rama Kushna
Zach Callison Damian Wayne
Jimmy Olsen
Brian T. Delaney Green Lantern
Brandon Micheal Hall Cyborg
Andrew Morgado Mirror Master Soldier
Edwin Hodge Mister Terrific
Killer Croc
Oliver Hudson Plastic Man
Gillian Jacobs Harley Quinn
Yuri Lowenthal Mirror Master
Flash
Shazam
Derek Phillips Nightwing / Deadwing
Aquaman
Kevin Pollak Joker
President
Jonathan Kent
Anika Noni Rose Catwoman
Reid Scott Green Arrow
Victor Zsasz
Faran Tahir Ra's al Ghul
Fred Tatasciore Captain Atom
Janet Varney Wonder Woman

Production

In June 2021, an animated film based on the 2013 video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was announced.[2] The voice cast for the film was announced the following month on July 21.[1]

Release

Unlike the games, which are Rated T from the ESRB, the film is Rated R for Bloody Violence, making it the first R-Rated movie based on a T-Rated video games series since Tekken.[citation needed] The film was released on October 19, 2021 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and in digital format.[3][4] The DVD was exclusively released for Walmart stores.[5] On October 9, the entire film was leaked online, ten days before its planned release date.[6]

The Blu-ray includes the featurette titled Adventures in Storytelling: Injustice – Crisis and Conflict, where the filmmakers discuss the production and themes of the movie, in addition to both parts of the animated Justice League TV show's episode "Injustice for All".[7]

Reception

Critical reception

Injustice received generally negative reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 60% of 5 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.60/10. Criticism was leveled at the story, deaths of certain characters feeling irrelevant, poor character development, absence of the game's voice cast, unfaithfulness to its source material and the film trying to pack too much content from the comics and games into one movie. Some reviewers, however, praised the voice acting and animation.[8]

Streaming and home media

The film ranked third on the "NPD Videoscan First Alert" charts for overall home media sales and Blu-ray sales in the United States during its first week of release. 84% of the sales came from Blu-ray discs, including 24% from Ultra HD Blu-ray, and 60% from traditional Blu-ray, while DVDs comprised 16% of the sales.[5] It also ranked fifth on both Google Play and Vudu's VOD charts.[9] In the United Kingdom, it debuted at the tenth rank on the Official Film Chart.[10]

In the second week of its release in the United States, Injustice fell to the fifth rank on the Blu-ray sales chart and eighth rank in overall disc sales.[11] At the end of October, it ranked tenth in overall disc sales during the month.[12] The film re-entered Google Play's top 10 films chart in its third week, ranking fifth,[13] falling to the tenth rank in the following week.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b Couch, Aaron (July 21, 2021). "DC's 'Injustice' Sets Cast for Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Schedeen, John (June 30, 2021). "Injustice: Gods Among Us Animated Movie Officially Announced by DC, Warner Bros. Animation". IGN. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  3. ^ Plant, Logan (September 1, 2021). "DC's Injustice Animated Movie Arrives This October". IGN. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  4. ^ Marco Vito Oddo (September 1, 2021). "'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Movie Will Make Batman and Superman Fight Again With Digital, 4K Blu-ray Release". Collider. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  5. ^ a b John Latchem (October 28, 2021). "'Free Guy' Holds Off Batch of Newcomers to Remain Top Disc Seller for Second Week". Media Play News. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Chris Capel (October 12, 2021). "Injustice movie leaks online and fans have mixed reactions". GameRevolution. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  7. ^ John Latchem (November 1, 2021). "Injustice". Media Play News. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  8. ^ "Injustice: Gods Among Us". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  9. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (October 25, 2021). "Two Cannes Favorites Debut Outside the VOD Top 10, While an Indie Western Thrives". IndieWire. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  10. ^ Gruenwedel, Erik (October 27, 2021). "Universal's 'F9' Remains Atop U.K. Home Entertainment Chart, Thanks to Disc". Media Play News. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  11. ^ John Latchem (November 4, 2021). "'The Suicide Squad' Easily Tops Disc Sales Charts". Media Play News. Retrieved November 4, 2021.
  12. ^ Latchem, John (November 13, 2021). "'Free Guy' Tops October Disc Sales Chart". Media Play News. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  13. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (November 8, 2021). "'Free Guy' Tops VOD Charts One Last Time as Two Eastwoods Debut". IndieWire. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  14. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (November 15, 2021). "'No Time to Die' Sweeps VOD Charts as Netflix Originals Dominate the Streamer's Top 10". IndieWire. Retrieved November 16, 2021.

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