At long last, the first trailer for the new live action Mortal Kombat movie has arrived. And jeez louise, people, this movie is just going for it! They’re not being the least bit subtle. Just live action Mortal Kombat in all its glory!
I’m sharing the trailer here on my blog, but it’s a red band, so you may need to just click the link through to YouTube to watch. It’s definitely worth the trouble!
I don’t even know where to begin with this trailer! We saw a bunch of posters for characters yesterday, but clearly the movie is going to be chockful of Mortal Kombat characters. We saw Goro, we saw Reptile, and I think we saw my boy Smoke at one point! And that’s not mentioning all the main characters, like Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Liu Kang, Jax and a billion others! Again, this movie is just going for it!
Digital effects simply weren’t up to snuff back when the first movie came out. Perhaps now we’re ready!
Mortal Kombat comes to theaters and/or HBO Max on April 16!
Word reached the internet the other day that the James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat movie reboot has begun pre-production, with the film eyeballing a 2021 release. That’s pretty cool news. I’m a big fan of the Mortal Kombat games, and an even bigger fan of the characters and the lore. I’ll grant you that the characters and lore have been through the wringer over the years, but there’s just something special about those palette-swapped ninjas that I will always love.
Being the creative guy that I am, I’ve decided to muse with you all about how I would write a Mortal Kombat reboot movie. I did this only once before with the potential Warcraft movie — and they didn’t follow my advice and the movie flopped. Let this be a lesson to James Wan and his people. What that lesson is, I can’t say for sure.
Anyway, the original Mortal Kombat movies are cult classics at this point. The first one is solid, but the sequel — Mortal Kombat: Annihilation — is one of those great laughing-stock movies. After that, we got that one really great fan film, which led to a pretty cool series of web-based shorts. I really enjoyed those. They were supposed to lead to a bigger movie reboot, but that never materialized. Instead, we’ve arrived at this James Wan project.
Join me after the jump for how I’d make a new Mortal Kombat movie!