E3 2018: A Closer Look at Lego DC Super-Villains, The Funniest Lego Game Ever Made

by Gary Catig

A few weeks back, it was announced that the latest installment in the Lego video games would be Lego DC Super Villains. The creative team, along with some voice talent, spoke on a panel at E3 to provide more details to the upcoming game.
The premise of the game involves the disappearance of the Justice League and the arrival of a similar team from an alternate dimension dubbed the Justice Syndicate, who want to replace the missing superheroes. The villains of the world seem skeptical of this new hero team and find out they might not come with the best intentions. It is now up to the villains to save the world. A humorous cutscene was shown with some villains escaping prison and fighting the Justice League, and the Joker and Harley Quinn robbing Wayne Industries.
The creators were looking for something new and fresh for this game compared to their Lego Batman series and thought focusing on the villains would be the way to go. All the way back in 2008 for the first Lego Batman game, the most positive response they received was related to the villain missions.  Clancy Brown, the voice of Lex Luthor in the game, also appreciates how now the bad guys are the stars. Especially since over his lengthy acting career, he had more fun playing villains. Since it is a Lego game, there is a lot of levity and this incorporation of humor affected how Brown approached voicing Luthor. He couldn’t be as serious as he was on Superman: The Animated Series. Brown isn’t the only voice actor tied to the animated shows of the 90’s to be featured in the game. Reprising their roles of Batman and the Joker are Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, respectively.
One of the main focuses of the game is to allow the players to create their own DC supervillain, who serves as the lead. As they complete levels and progress the story, they will be able to power up and receive new powers. A video was played to give an idea of how much the character can be customized. There is a vast assortment of hair, skin tones, faces, accessories and clothing to choose from. The combination of cosmetics and gameplay mechanics through the powers provides a high level of customization.
Like some previous Lego games, there will be an open world aspect and players can travel to many of their favorite DC locales. The main hub will be Gotham but other areas you can visit are Metropolis, Smallville, Stryker’s Island, Arkham Asylum, the Watchtower, Amusement Mile, Belle Reve, and Apokolips. The last two lands indicate the Suicide Squad and Darkseid will be involved. Another playable character revealed was Lobo. A video was then shown of some of these lands to give a better grasp of the large scope and scale of the game.

Lego DC Super-Villains will be released on October 16, 2018. For those who want to pre-order the deluxe edition from GameStop, not only will you receive a season pass on the downloadable content, you will also receive a collectible Lex Luthor minifigure. Luthor will be wearing his Superman suit from the current rebirth series of Action Comics.

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