In case you didn’t know, Warner Bros now owns Mortal Kombat, and if you didn’t know, then you haven’t been paying attention to the numerous free plugs WB has been inserting for the games into other properties. Every time you see a CW superhero character playing a video game, it is usually the latest Mortal Kombat installment. Now you learned something. (Hopefully you’re not so ignorant that you’re wondering why Chun-Li isn’t in this.)
WB has also been trying to expand MK’s reach into other mediums — an animated feature was released not too long ago. But the big goal was always a Mortal Kombat live-action feature film, and it’s almost ready, even if the nation’s theaters still aren’t (it’ll be on HBO Max same-day anyway).
There were two Mortal Kombat movies released in theaters during the 90s. The difference between those and this one is that the WB version isn’t going to shy away from the over-the-top ultraviolence the MK brand is known for. It’ll be the first R-rated MK movie, and its own trailer is Red Band with no other alternative. That’s why embedding the YouTube doesn’t work; you get a warning message instead. Then you gotta make an extra click and lie about your age, kids. Fortunately the Twitter version has no such requirement….
— Mortal Kombat Movie (@MKMovie) February 18, 2021
It’s a fine trailer, but it’s lacking one crucial ingredient…the all-important techno theme. THAT we CAN embed:
WB’s Mortal Kombat stars Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jax Briggs, Josh Lawson as Kano, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Elissa Cadwell as Nitara, Daniel Nelson as Kabal, and Lewis Tan as new character Cole Young. The tournament begins anew April 16.