Superman turns from hero to tyrant in ‘Injustice’ movie

Mario Abner Colina / Reformation

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 09:51

Mexico City.- All, even the purest hearts, are corruptible if the proper tragedy activates the necessary mechanisms in them.

Injustice, the long-awaited animated film that DC will release on demand on October 19 (on various platforms), puts the company’s biggest icon, Superman, in a nightmare.

Using a gas and kryptonite, Joker makes the Man of Steel believe that Lois Lane is an enemy.

Superman takes the apparent monster into space, and there his heart stops, thus activating a bomb that destroys Metropolis.

The superhero loses everything at once: his city, the woman he loves and his son, because the journalist was pregnant.

They are just the first minutes of the film, but a blow that leaves the viewer and the fans of the man in the red cape gasping for air.

“I would never have wished this story on Superman. For me, it would have been like wishing that on a loved one. The entire opening sequence is a shock. There it all begins, the drama bursts forth.

“It is something tremendously brutal. I would never have imagined it, but it is a great catalyst,” admits, from the other end of the phone, Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War), director of the film.

Injustice is based on the Tom Taylor video game and comics of the same name that, set in the DC multiverse, imagine a Superman (here voiced by Justin Hartley) turned tyrant.

Determined that another innocent will never suffer, he begins to kill villains, to destroy armies and world weapons, to imagine a pure world where not the slightest crime will be tolerated.

Batman (Anson Mount), who by losing his parents as a child also knows about tragedies, organizes an insurgency against the almighty being: for him there are codes, laws, lines that must never be crossed.

“Master of this movie that you end up understanding the point of view of almost all the characters involved. Regarding the Joker … the fact that he builds this sinister and horrifying scenario makes you immediately set your eyes on Batman.

“You see him and you wonder if he also has blood on his hands for never having put an end to the Joker, for not having kept him at bay. The floor is moving on you. He is a hero responsible for the pain of others.”

The idealistic Justice League collapses and the new world order generates factions: aligned with Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Cyborg.

Risking their lives for the ideas of the Gotham City Watcher, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Nightwing.

“They are superheroes facing each other, and all justifications for everything they are feeling. That makes the conflict so fantastic. You may not always support a character, but we do understand why they do what they do.”

Injustice tells his story in just 78 minutes, so the biggest challenge for Peters was choosing how much of the Injustice mythology, in video games and comics, he could capture.

Also continue with the path of violent animation that he showed in Apokolips War, because here, with an evil Superman, there must be many, and very hard, deaths.

“Regarding violence, we wanted to hit as hard as we could. We had to transmit impact, intensity and violence. It was something we had to do. A shock.”

The possibility that Superman, incarnation of the best and noblest principles, breaks his moral compass, is something frowned upon by many of the character’s admirers, so Peters expects criticism and debate.

“I would tell them I understand. I’m a huge Superman fan myself. But this is not an anti-Superman movie. It’s one where he becomes his worst possible version.”

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