The console release of superhero fighting game Injustice 2 is coming right up, and the developers are making some big announcements about the playable characters. And by extension, the voice cast.
Basically, NetherRealm Studios has reassembled a “dream team” of longtime DC voice actors. There’s hardly a name in the cast list that hasn’t appeared in a DC animated series or movie in the past.
The most interesting thing are the new roles that some of these actors are playing. Phil LaMarr, for example, is very well-known as the voice of John Stewart, the late-night talk show host who became a galaxy-defending superhero. (At least half of that is true!)
In Injustice 2, though, he’s playing Aquaman. The newly rebooted badass version with a cybernetic hook, naturally.
I’m fully expecting more character reveals in the weeks to come, so stay tuned for more news. In the meantime, here’s the cast as it stands.
- Adam Baldwin as Hal Jordan, another Green Lantern. Aside from playing Jayne in Firefly, Baldwin was Parasite in Young Justice, Metamorpho in Beware the Batman, Rick Flagg in Justice League Unlimited, and Superman in DC Universe Online.
- Neil McDonough as the Flash and Robin (Damian Wayne). Amusingly, he’s best known as playing another DC Damien – Damien Darhk from Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He also played Deadshot in Batman: Assault on Arkham and Nightwing in the original Injustice.
- Tara Strong will reprise her role as Harley Quinn, whom she has played since Arkham City. Arleen Sorkin originated the role in Batman: The Animated Series.
- George Newbern started playing Superman in Static Shock and Justice League, and continues here. Tim Daly was the original DCAU Superman, but Newbern has played him for much longer.
- Grey DeLisle is the voice of Catwoman. She is one of the most prolific voice actors in the business, but hasn’t done much in the DC universe. DeLisle played Black Canary in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and a few other roles.
- Matthew Mercer, playing Deadshot, previously pulled off the interesting double role of Superman and Two-Face in 2015’s DC Super Friends.
- Phil LaMarr, as mentioned, will play Aquaman. He originated that role on Young Justice.
- Kevin Conroy, the king of all Batmans, will continue to bat it up.
- Travis Willingham continues to play Gorilla Grodd from his appearances on DC Super Hero Girls. It’s a very different take than Powers Boothe’s mellifluous tones, but it works.
- Dee Bradley Baker, another amazingly prolific voice actor, takes up the mantle of Brainiac, which he last performed in Lego Batman 3. Previously, he’s portrayed Ray Palmer, Aquaman, and Man-Bat in various Lego animated. He also turned in a brief but memorable performance as the Joker in Son of Batman.
- Fred Tatasciore, who previously played Killer Croc and Solomon Grundy in DC Super Hero Girls, is switching his talents to another strongman in Injustice 2. He’ll play Bane.
- Vanessa Marshall has played Wonder Woman, Detective Renee Montoya, and Black Canary in various DC one-offs. She continues as Canary in Injustice 2.
- Susan Eisenberg returns as Wonder Woman after her excellent work on Justice League and other DCAU projects.
- Tasia Valenza reprises her role as Poison Ivy from the Arkham Asylum video games.
Injustice 2 is set for release on May 16 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and Apple devices.