MORTAL KOMBAT First Official Images Feature Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, Liu Kang, And More

MORTAL KOMBAT First Official Images Feature Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, Liu Kang, And More MORTAL KOMBAT First Official Images Feature Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Sonya, Liu Kang, And More

We finally have our first official look at the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot, with a batch of stills featuring new live-action takes on several of the video game's most well-known fighters. Check it out...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 15, 2021 07:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Mortal Kombat

Following the news that the release of Warner Bros.' upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot has been pushed back three months from January 15, 2021 to April 16, 2021, we have a first look at the video game adaptation courtesy of some official promo stills.

The images feature pretty much all of the main characters, including fan-favourite fighters such as Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Kano (Josh Lawson) as Kano, Jackson "Jax" Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion - but only in his Hanzo Hasashi guise!

We also get a first look at Lewis Tan, who is not playing Kung Lao (Max Huang will take on that role) as previously speculated, but a brand new lead character named Cole Young.

"When we first meet Cole, he's in a really bad spot," Tan says. "He's down on his luck. He's kind of a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion, who used to believe in himself, who used to have a lot of hope in his career. And it's all gone down the drain. It's a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that, along the journey of Mortal Kombat and Cole discovering where he comes from, you're introduced to all these other iconic characters and elements that everybody loves so dearly."

You can check out the stills at the link below.

Mortal Kombat is most definitely going to be R-rated, and director Simon McQuoid confirms that we will see plenty of "gore, blood, and fatalities."

"It's definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating. Out of context this quote might seem incendiary, it's not: The rules around ratings aren't what a lot of people think they are," he says. "It's amount of blood, it's amount of red, it's interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities."

Mortal Kombat is set for a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max this April 12. Keep an eye out for the trailer, which should be with us soon.

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Kingdork - 1/15/2021, 7:33 AM
Please be good.
Origame - 1/15/2021, 8:28 AM
@Kingdork - it will definitely be good. Did you read the names? We have kano as kano.
mastakilla39 - 1/15/2021, 8:38 AM
@Kingdork - It's giving me "Tekken" vibes where the costume and actors kinda match but the story and action is average to trash. Being optimistic until a trailer appears but this may permanently bury the movie franchise if its bad.
Darkknight2149 - 1/15/2021, 9:35 AM
@Kingdork @Origame -
It definitely won't be. The director has literally never made a movie before, the screenwriter has literally never made a movie before, nearly every producer except for James Wan has an awful track record, and the "Cole Young" thing is carried over from the godawful original version of the script.

I mean, just look at the images. We're in 2021, and this movie looks direct-to-video and Paul W.S. Anderson quality. Is it really that difficult to make a modern reboot that takes Mortal Kombat seriously? The franchise is basically The Raid crossed with Game of Thrones. This could be a major cashcow for WB if Hollywood didn't have such a bullshit attitude about video game properties. Hell, if it was a TV series, it could be HBO's next Game of Thrones if done correctly.

DR3D - 1/15/2021, 10:46 AM
@Darkknight2149 - honestly, no one is expecting it to be Hamlet, just make it watchable and entertaining like a Most of John Statham movie.
WruceBayne - 1/15/2021, 10:57 AM
@Darkknight2149 - you’re absolutely right bro. You show these Hollywood meatheads how to do it.
Darkknight2149 - 1/15/2021, 2:02 PM
@WruceBayne -
The best you're going to get is a cheesy video game movie. I wish it wasn't, but that's the truth. The red flags have been all over this film's production, which shares more than a few similarities with AVP: Requiem. No studio hires an amateur filmmaker and screenwriter to adapt a major franchise if they take the property seriously.

That's not even speculation, by the way. James Remnar (former Raiden actor) flat out admitted that producer and film rights holder Lawrence Kasanoff doesn't take the brand seriously:

The direct-to-video quality cinematography in these screenshots (which are on-par with the low-budget web series and the movie from 26 years ago) in itself should be a major tip-off. You can be sarcastic, but a trailer will be out soon and the film itself will be available to stream in a few months, so who am I to get in the way of people's disappointment.

@DR3D -
Even with expectations at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham "dumb fun" action movie levels (like Fast and the Furious or Escape Plan), I would honestly lower them even further to Tekken and Alien vs. Predator movie levels. The best case scenario is that this is the same quality as the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, but with more low-budget blood in a feature length format.

Nobody is expecting an arthouse masterpiece, but there really is no excuse why we can't get a gritty well-made Mortal Kombat reboot with complex martial arts fight sequences in 2021. The ingredience, lore, and brand popularity are there, it's just Hollywood's idiotic habit of scoffing at video game properties that's holding it back. Comic book movies were in the same boat before the early 2000s.
dragon316 - 1/15/2021, 3:31 PM
@Kingdork - you will never know if it’s good unless you see it for yourself not believing stupid reviews that you should never trust
RegularPoochie - 1/15/2021, 7:36 AM
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