|Robert J. Kral
|Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Injustice is a 2021 American adult animated 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 45th installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies 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. As Superman transforms the Earth into a police state to enforce global peace, Batman forms an underground resistance to oppose Superman and his allies.
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 materials.
On Earth-22, Joker and Harley Quinn kill Jimmy Olsen, kidnap a recently pregnant Lois Lane and steal a nuclear weapon, which they connect to a heart rate monitor attached to Lois' heart. Upon hearing of Lois' capture, Batman calls the Justice League to find her. The Flash finds the Scarecrow dead in his lab and his supply of fear toxin missing, before being killed by a trap laid by Joker.
Lois's husband, a panicking Superman, eventually finds Joker and Harley hiding on a submarine but is attacked by Doomsday, whom he punches into space. As the other heroes arrive and apprehend the Joker and Harley, Batman realizes that they have mixed the fear toxin with Kryptonite and used it to make Superman hallucinate that he is fighting Doomsday; in reality, he has beaten Lois to death. This causes the bomb attached to her to detonate, destroying Metropolis and killing 11 million people. A grief-stricken Superman then kills Joker in revenge.
While Green Arrow takes Harley to his hideout to protect her from Superman, the latter reveals his 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; some members, such as Wonder Woman, support his new methods, while others, like Batman, keep their no-killing vow. Other heroes, such as Aquaman, Shazam, and the other magic users, refuse to choose sides and leave the League with Hal Jordan stating that he and his fellow Green Lanterns are being recalled to Oa.
Meanwhile, the United States government becomes concerned that Superman will interfere in their operations, and have Mirror Master kidnap Jonathan Kent as leverage against him. Superman begins to question his actions, but Wonder Woman reassures him that he is doing the right thing and offers to help him find Jonathan. Confronting Mirror Master, Wonder Woman learns Jonathan's whereabouts, allowing Superman to rescue him. Elsewhere, Batman confronts the President and warns him that Superman will kill him if he finds out that he ordered Jonathan's capture.
Later, Superman visits Batman in the Batcave to make peace, but they get into an argument over their ideological views and Batman refuses to join Superman. While trying to stop Superman from relocating Arkham Asylum inmates to a more secure facility, Batman and Nightwing are shocked to discover that Robin has joined Superman. Harley, who escaped Green Arrow's capture and decided to become a hero, releases the inmates, forcing Batman and Superman to temporarily put their differences aside to fight them. During the battle, Robin lashes out in anger and accidentally kills Nightwing, leading to Batman disowning him. Nightwing then meets Rama Kushna in the afterlife, who transforms him into Deadwing.
Robin attempts to convince Superman to ally with Ra's al Ghul, who declines. Batman forms an underground resistance and plans to steal a red sun cannon from the Fortress of Solitude. During the break-in, Superman overpowers Captain Atom, Ra's kills the Atom and destroys the cannon, and Green Arrow accidentally kills Jonathan, whom Superman had been keeping safe at the Fortress, causing Superman to murder him in revenge. After Superman transforms the Earth into a police state using surveillance drones, Batman has Plastic Man break Mister Terrific out of prison and leaks video footage of Superman killing a group of partying teenagers inspired by Joker to ruin his public image, shocking Wonder Woman as a result.
In response, Superman allies with Ra's and dispatches Amazo to enforce global peace, but the android quickly turns violent in Smallville as Ra's had secretly programmed it to kill Superman. Amazo kills 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, sparing Ra's life.
Despite their aid, Superman prepares to have the Insurgents arrested and incapacitates Wonder Woman after she turns on him, but is confronted by Superman from Earth-1, whom Mr. Terrific had summoned. Earth-22 Superman defeats his counterpart as the latter was holding back, but surrenders after being met with a Lois from Earth-9 who lost her Superman after becoming pregnant with his child. Earth-9 Lois reminds Earth-22 Superman that just like for Earth-9's, life is sacred. Realizing how far he has fallen, a remorseful Superman willingly agrees to be imprisoned.
Although unsure of what will happen next, Batman makes preparations to rebuild the world and his life with Catwoman.
|Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman (Earth-22), Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman (Earth-1)
|Bruce Wayne / Batman
|Lois Lane (Earth-22), Lois Lane (Earth-9), Rama Kushna
|Damian Wayne / Robin, Jimmy Olsen
|Brian T. Delaney
|Hal Jordan / Green Lantern
|Brandon Micheal Hall
|Victor Stone / Cyborg
|Mirror Master Soldier
|Michael Holt / Mister Terrific, Waylon Jones / Killer Croc
|Patrick O'Brian / Plastic Man
|Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
|Evan McCulloch / Mirror Master, Barry Allen / The Flash, Billy Batson / Shazam
|Dick Grayson / Nightwing / Deadwing, Arthur Curry / Aquaman
|Joker, President of the United States, Jonathan Kent
|Anika Noni Rose
|Selina Kyle / Catwoman
|Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, Victor Zsasz
|Ra's al Ghul
|Nathaniel Adam / Captain Atom
|Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
In June 2021, an animated film based on the 2013 video game Injustice: Gods Among Us was announced. The voice cast for the film was announced the following month on July 21.
Unlike the games, which are Rated T from the ESRB, the film is Rated R for Bloody Violence, making it the first R-rated film based on a T-Rated video games series since Tekken. The film was released on October 19, 2021 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and in digital format. The DVD was exclusively released for Walmart stores. On October 9, the entire film was leaked online, ten days before its planned release date.
The Blu-ray includes the featurette titled Adventures in Storytelling: Injustice – Crisis and Conflict, where the filmmakers discuss the production and themes of the film, in addition to both parts of the Justice League series episode "Injustice for All".
The film made its linear debut in the United States on Adult Swim's Toonami block on February 19, 2023.
Injustice received mixed reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of 6 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.60/10. Criticism was leveled at the unceremonious character deaths, poor character development, unfaithfulness to the source material, and overstuffed plot.
The film debuted at the third position on the "NPD Videoscan First Alert" weekly rankings for overall home media sales and Blu-ray sales in the United States. According to The Numbers, it sold 43,317 Blu-ray units and 7,568 DVD units in its first week of release for a revenue of $1.16 million. It also ranked fifth on both Google Play and Vudu's VOD charts. In the United Kingdom, it debuted at the tenth rank on the Official Film Chart.
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. At the end of October, it ranked tenth in overall disc sales during the month. The film re-entered Google Play's top 10 films chart in its third week, ranking fifth, falling to the tenth rank in the following week.