MORTAL KOMBAT 2: New Behind-The-Scenes Photo Offers A Closer Look At Karl Urban's Johnny Cage

MORTAL KOMBAT 2: New Behind-The-Scenes Photo Offers A Closer Look At Karl Urban's Johnny Cage MORTAL KOMBAT 2: New Behind-The-Scenes Photo Offers A Closer Look At Karl Urban's Johnny Cage

The Boys star Karl Urban has ditched his beard to play Mortal Kombat 2's Johnny Cage, and is rocking frosted tips as the obnoxious video game badass! Take a closer look at the actor's new look here...

By JoshWilding - Jul 15, 2023 11:07 PM EST
Filed Under: Mortal Kombat

Hollywood has screeched to a very sudden halt courtesy of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and production is expected to be halted on Mortal Kombat 2 along with a long list of other major film and television productions. 

However, shortly before the strike began, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon took to Twitter (via to reveal a first look at Karl Urban as Johnny Cage. It's unclear whether the actor is in costume here, though we're anticipating this version of the character being a washed-up Hollywood stuntman.

With that in mind, he may not initially be as flashy as his video game counterpart. The hero will no doubt regain his mojo at some point, of course. 

As well as no longer rocking his trademark beard, the actor has frosted tips in his hair, a style which definitely makes sense for a character like Johnny. Many fans were surprised when Urban was cast in the role, though we're guessing this is a character he'll have a lot of fun with in the sure-to-be action-packed follow-up.

The first movie debuted during the height of the pandemic but still managed to find a modicum of success at the box office. Crucially, it rapidly became one of Max's biggest streaming hits, proving there's a lot of interest among moviegoers to see these iconic video game characters battle it out in live-action. 

The movie stars Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Noob Saibot, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn, Desmond Chiam as King Jerrod, Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel, and Damon Herriman as Quan Chi.

New cast additions include Urban as Johnny Cage, Tati Gabrielle as Jade, and Adeline Rudolph as Kitana.

Moon Knight Head Writer Jeremy Slater has penned the screenplay, while Simon McQuoid is back in the director's chair. According to a brief logline, "The sequel continues the story of a group of ragtag  fighters, versed in the ways of martial arts, who  defend our reality which is known in Earthrealm against the Outworld."

Mortal Kombat 2 doesn't currently have a confirmed release date.

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TheWalkingCuban - 7/15/2023, 11:03 PM
Ai splits

Enough to make Trump proud
EgoEgor - 7/15/2023, 11:31 PM
@TheWalkingCuban -
I thought it was "grab'er by the *****", not "punch'er in the *****".
StSteven - 7/16/2023, 12:27 AM
@EgoEgor - Well it really depends upon the amount of force used. I'm pretty sure that there's an algorithm to determine the difference, but it escapes me right now. As someone tightly connected to Academia, I will say that I seem to recall a paper coming across my desk regarding a study focusing on "pussy grabbing" vs. "pussy punching", but that was several years ago, so it may not still hols the academic weight that it used to.
TheWalkingCuban - 7/16/2023, 1:01 AM
@EgoEgor - well, Trump just never attained to that level. It’s definitely punch, once you try it, you’ll know. Serious note, I remember massaging my wife there with my fist during her menstruation. It soothed her, like a whole arm soothes a killer whale. 10/10 recommend you try it on a killer whale first. They don’t sue.
dragon316 - 7/16/2023, 8:37 AM
@TheWalkingCuban - that split punch shouldn’t effect female fighters in mortal komabt games still fun to do
TheWalkingCuban - 7/16/2023, 8:44 AM
@dragon316 - well it shouldn’t rock them to their ovaries, the way it hurts us up to our small intestines, but I’m sure it doesn’t feel good to be punched in any genitals
GhostDog - 7/15/2023, 11:30 PM
It’s Karl Urban!!
EgoEgor - 7/15/2023, 11:34 PM
I think this was miscast imo. Like Karl, I think he'll be good as always, but just the look is off.
TheVandalore - 7/16/2023, 5:15 AM
@EgoEgor - this.
dragon316 - 7/16/2023, 8:39 AM
@EgoEgor - majors didn’t look like kang in comics he pulled as fans said before court situation came about
DCfan84 - 7/16/2023, 12:18 AM
I like Urban, but this is horribly miscast! I hope he's funny and cocky as Cage!
Spagett - 7/16/2023, 12:21 AM
I've been rate limited on twitter for like 4 days straight so I cant click the image to make it bigger. You people should start putting images in the articles rather than embedding the tweet.
MosquitoFarmer - 7/16/2023, 12:25 AM
As much as he is not the right choice for the part I get why they cast him. And either way, I can't wait to see him deliver a bloody fatality!
EnergyVamp - 7/16/2023, 12:34 AM
I kinda think he is miscast. But the worst part of the previous movie was Lewis Tan being such a wooden actor.
Kurne - 7/16/2023, 1:06 AM
Karl is absolutely miscast here. I've said it before, but I wouldn't be surprised if the only reason they cast him is to suck in his fanbase/add to the whole "Karl Urban plays x pop culture character" thing.
Blergh - 7/16/2023, 3:18 AM
@Kurne - sure they cast him for the appeal but why is he miscast?
Johnny is a 40-50 year old actor past his prime relegated to direct-to-DVD movies. His martial arts ability and latent powers aren't visible, ever.

He looks the part, sure he has no martial arts experience but if they have a proper stunt team you won't notice this at all (that's down to filmmaking though).
inkniron - 7/16/2023, 5:51 AM
@Blergh - I always thought he was more akin to JCVD, had a good martial arts career in his late 20s early 30s and then faded into obscurity. He wasn’t in his 50s until later installments when his daughter was coming of age. To me, he and the chick they have plans, Sonia, her little old. Unless she wants to be squeezing the babies at 45.
xfan320 - 7/16/2023, 1:15 AM
First off, everybody saying that he's miscast in the role is ridiculous. Karl Urban is a fine actor and suits the role of a 40-something Johnny Cage perfectly. He basically looks like an amalgamation of all the Johnny's from the past, And if anything, the recent strike should give him even more gym time to prove the haters wrong.

Second, those aren't really "Frosted Tips"...more like, highlights 🤣
Himura - 7/16/2023, 2:34 PM
@xfan320 - Karl Urban looks like a 40-something to you??
xfan320 - 7/16/2023, 2:36 PM
@Himura - considering he's only 51, YES, he looks 43-49 years old.
TheNewYorker - 7/16/2023, 1:41 AM
This is going to suck.
valmic - 7/16/2023, 2:18 AM
Scott Adkins should have been cast as Johnny.
NinnesMBC - 7/16/2023, 2:38 AM
Looks-wise to me it's like staring at a more earthbound Leonard "Bones" McCoy take on his character from Star Trek, if I'm being honest.
BeNice123 - 7/16/2023, 2:42 AM
Closer look at what??? Two guys posing for a simple picture??? Gtfoh with that trash click bait Josh Wilding. This dide really needs to find another job elsewhere.
Order66 - 7/16/2023, 2:59 AM
Johnny Cage is supposed to be built like Jean Claude Van Dam. Karl Urban is not Van Dam. Complete miscast.
MahN166A - 7/16/2023, 4:29 AM
@Order66 - That is the EXACT reason why he is perfect for it. Johnny Cage in the lore of the franchise is known to just be a Hollywood actor where people don’t take him seriously as a martial artist which entices him to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament to prove the public wrong.

Sounds pretty close to home with everyone saying he is a miscast for the role.
FireandBlood - 7/16/2023, 3:25 AM
Can’t help but feel like this is beneath Urban tbh
cyclopsprime - 7/16/2023, 3:40 AM
@PlusUltra - it probably will be if the finish project isn't good
RitoRevolto - 7/16/2023, 4:22 AM
Why is Mortal Kombat so hard for them to get right?
FireandBlood - 7/16/2023, 4:44 AM
@RitoRevolto - They don’t embrace the corniness of it, they run from it, which in turn just makes it come off even more corny. They need it take a leaf out of D&D’s book and capture the spirit of what it’s like to play the game. Full on 90s martial arts flick, no bars hold, with some good writers and direction, and they’ll be Gucci
RitoRevolto - 7/16/2023, 6:16 AM
@PlusUltra - Now that you mention it, they're definitely missing that 90s campiness. They're taking themselves too seriously.
AnthonyVonGeek - 7/16/2023, 5:07 AM
Seeing Urban doing martial arts will either be awesome or hilarious.
TheVandalore - 7/16/2023, 5:26 AM

Give me the movie I really want!
TempleRod - 7/16/2023, 5:29 AM
What a stupid movie.
Lokiwasright - 7/16/2023, 7:51 AM
Judge dreed was really good.

Excutioner was wasted.

dragon316 - 7/16/2023, 8:42 AM
I need see trailer see his character in action before I judge yeah he’s fan cast crap choice neither valkery and kang in movies people no problem with those choices not looking like comic accurate parts from comics kill cole off he did nothing Except bring scorpion in fight
IcePyke - 7/16/2023, 9:34 AM
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