“On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth; Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.”

Director: Matt Peters
Writers: Ernie Altbacker, Tom Taylor
Staring: Justin Hartley, Anson Mount, Laura Bailey, Zach Callison, Oliver Hudson
Release Date: October 19, 2021

This one will be quick.

Injustice (2021) is based off the immensely popular video game Injustice: God Among Us which came out in 2013. The fictional fighting game game was popular enough to spawn a sequel in 2016 and various comic book prequel stories. An entire small universe was created around this story that saw certain super heroes get suckered into acting like gods for what they are the right reasons.

I played the Injustice video game and it was good. I even played the sequel. With that being said, this movie is really a disservice to the source material. The story is the same, but the emotional levers and climatic moments are all moistened down and fall on you like a wet tissue that sticks to you with ickiness.

The major issue with the Injustice movie is that doesn’t take the time to let the important moments breath. The relationship between Batman and Superman is not worth investing in, and then the romantic entanglements of Superman and Wonder Woman is forced and also stems from nowhere in the movie sense. The death of Jonathan Kent also came with no emotional welts.

Why could they not split Injustice into two parts? Why not include more characters? There were no Lex Luthor, and he is a huge character in the video game. Let the fight scenes carry on longer and try and tell some stories within the violence. They breezed over Superman just destroying a rave party; it happened and was only referenced when needed. Didn’t show the emotional impact on Cat Women and Batman who watched it. Sure we see their physical reaction to it and their plan to stop Superman, but none of it was wrought on their faces in terms of how they anguished with it.

The best part of the movie were the interactions between Green Arrow and Harley Quinn. The “Quiver” banter was amusing and they added the comic relief needed.

If you want the story of Injustice in its best form, watch the clip scenes on Youtube from the video game.

STANKO RATING: D (1.5/5 Stars)


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