Injustice 2 Trailer: Catwoman’s Face Becomes Center Of Criticism
Injustice 2 - Catwoman Face
(Last Updated On: April 4, 2017)

NetherRealm Studios released a new trailer for Injustice 2, this time focusing on the feisty feline, Catwoman. The trailer is only a minute and 45 seconds long, but it was enough time to draw a fairly sizable discussion about the cat burglar’s uncanny features.

The trailer was posted up recently over on the official Injustice YouTube channel. You get to see Catwoman’s moves, specials and some of her interactions with other members of the DC Universe. You can check it out below.

While her moves look good and her specials drew little attention to the audience, the real talk of the town was on Catwoman’s face.

One of the comments sitting near the top of the thread is from Finger, who writes…

“This has absolutely nothing to do with attractiveness or gender. The lighting and shadows on her face are terrible, as well as some of the animations. Just look at her victory pose at the end, I’ve never seen anyone, male or female, with a face like that. Supergirl and Wonder Woman were the same, but they have since been fixed. Also for the sake of gender neutrality, Aquaman and Superman looked like garbage when the game was first announced, and they have also since been fixed”

Some people attempted to turn it into an SJW battleground about sexism in gaming, but Finger shut them down. Others pointed out that her light models and shaders made her look like she crossed into uncanny valley territory during the close-ups, a problem that other characters on the roster suffered from as well, with Superman and Wonder Woman being some of the worst culprits, along with Aquaman and Supergirl.

Many of the critics of Catwoman’s face simply questioned how come she doesn’t look as quality-made as the one used in Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham series.

Batman Arkham City Catwoman

As you can see, the Arkham City’s Catwoman obviously sports more makeup. She has specular highlights on her face and a much softer jawline.

What’s a bit odd is that for Injustice 2 – while Catwoman’s outfit is largely the same as it is in Batman: Arkham City – her face seems to have that same uncanny valley distortion when she makes expressions as the Mass Effect: Andromeda females. Check out the still of her pose during her special, and you’ll see that same bewildering grin that Sara Ryder and Cora Harper sport.

Injustice 2 - Catwoman Special

Maybe this is the new trend in how certain female faces are animated?

Harley Quinn and Black Canary seemed to have avoided that fate, with the former looking quite similar to Margot Robbie.

Now what’s also weird is that even though Rocksteady gave Catwoman a stronger jaw in Batman: Arkham Knight, they balanced it out with fuller lips, softer makeup and piercing green eyes. Compared to Catwoman in Injustice 2, the added sub-surface scattering and multi-directional soft-shadows help give Catwoman from Arkham Knight a more refined look that escapes the uncanny valley.


Injustice 2 – Catwoman

These differences in Catwoman’s portrayal didn’t go unnoticed by the gaming community, with most people pointing out that Black Canary and Poison Ivy look really good in Injustice 2, but not Catwoman. There are topics about the faces on Gamefaqs, the YouTube comment section, the comment sections on DualShockersSiliconera, and Event Hubs to name a few.



The general consensus is that they gave Catwoman a “man face”. Some people say her eyes look a little bit like Alyssa Milano, but the jawline throws off the rest of the face.

It seems to be a weird trend where a lot of companies seem to be designing their games to give their women more manly features, possibly as part of the new feminist-inspired fad to reduce the attractiveness of female video game characters.

Then again… Superman and Aquaman aren’t women, and they look pretty terrible, too.

Injustice 2 is due out on May 16th for the PS4 and Xbox One.


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  • Richard Seiler

    i; personally think, she looks like a cross between Alyssa Milano (Charmed) and Lucy Liu (Elementary).

  • I’m surprised they even allowed for an open cleavage on her, can imagine the SJW/feminist cretins not being happy about that.

    • tom_quantum

      Yeah, it’s a design that won’t please anyone. They should put the blocky, mannish female characters in bulky clothes or just go back to the visual aesthetic most people want.

  • tom_quantum

    Tranny jawlines all up ins. At least give her an adam’s apple to complete the effect.

  • Salt Miner

    Catman looks FUGLY as hell.

  • TheWateryMelon

    The jaw would be better if it wasn’t a straight line!`

  • The Ultimate Spider-Man
    • There’s still time to fix her, though. I think a lot of it boils down to brick-in-the-cheek face. It’s such a weird design decision for a lot of female characters (though oddly they don’t use strong jawlines for the male characters, which is even more bizarre). They fixed Wonder Woman and Supergirl so they might fix Catwoman too.

      • The Ultimate Spider-Man

        if they do fix her, then it will be a miracle.

  • fnd

    Are they trying to go the realistic road, maybe they should portray the comic book The Dark Knight catwoman: Ugly, old, fat and full of cats 😀

    • It’s a really weird, jarring art-style because Poison Ivy looks good, Robin looks good, Nightwing looks good, Green Lantern looks good, Black Canary looks good, they fixed Supergirl, and Harley Quinn looks like Margot Robbie. I have no idea what they’re going for.

  • MusouTensei

    Western devs are unlearning to make visually appealing characters.

  • fnd

    The new catwoman looks like the ugly jew Sarah Silverman in this pic:

    https://i1.wp.com/i.imgur.com/haQOdYy.jpg?w=585

    Absolutely disgusting.

  • Uncle Joey

    All of the faces in the game are pretty terrible and deep in the uncanny valley, just look at Supergirl or Blue Beetle with the mask off.

  • Grey

    I get that women with bricks surgically implanted into their jaw are a thing, but it’s starting to get weird how many female characters game designers insist on giving that look.

    • Disqusted

      At least we can somewhat rely on Japan to create female characters that actually look female.

  • MONAD

    She looks incredibly plain. I wish devs would stop thinking that we need “ugly” / “normal” looking characters in games. That’s not why we play games. We play games for escapism. If I wanted to look at a normal looking woman, I’d set foot outside my apartment. I’m surrounded by normal looking women. I want EXTRAORDINARILY beautiful women in my games. That doesn’t mean I’m sexist. It means I want to escape reality, goddamnit. I want to see hot chicks kicking ass and taking no shit from anyone. Is that so much to fucking ask anymore?

    • Disqusted

      The normal girls/women I’ve seen/met in real life look way better than this shit, or the shit I see on TV or in movies.

      The West seems to increasingly think that hot women can’t kick ass because it’s sexist/not realistic, and they need to look and dress like men.

      • MONAD

        Then again, that’s sexist in of itself.

  • Michael P

    The eyes ARE almost dead on Alyssa Milano’s but that jaw is pure Dolph Lundgren. I haven’t liked a 2D fighter since SF Alpha 3 so I won’t be subjected CatTranny…..thank fuck!

  • Pratim Gupta

    Selina looks like she’s having a stroke

  • epy

    Keep doing that, I’ll just skip this and buy more weeb games. Girls are attractive there.

    • Disqusted

      I just wish more of them were games instead of visual novels.

  • Brick

    Is that a trans George Takei face? Disgusting…

    • Disqusted

      Ugh. I heard he’s running for congress or some shit. He’s batshit insane.

      • Bitterbear

        If Al Franken could..

  • Disqusted

    The title of “injustice” clearly refers to how badly they seem to be portraying all of the characters.