1995’s Mortal Kombat and its sequel were both disasters, but Warner Bros is set to bring the series glory. Here’s what we know about the 2021 version.
1995’s Mortal Kombat was a disaster, and the sequel that followed two years later was even worse, which led Midway to abandon the movie series and let it lay dormant for decades. However, as the rights were acquired by Warner Bros in 2010, the series will be re-immortalized on the big screen in a few short months.
With the first two movies being embarrassingly bad even for their times of release, it’s obvious that WB will be making a few drastic changes to the series. Though there’s still a lot that fans have been left in the dark on, even with it being so close to release, there is quite a lot we know that will make fans cautiously optimistic.
It Will Be A Reboot
1995’s Mortal Kombat is a movie that’s so bad it’s good, and it reached its peak with one of the worst action climaxes ever, so it comes as no surprise that the studio is completely ignoring the very existence of it.
Instead of following on from the movie, it is being rebooted and starting fresh, and it’s no doubt intending to set up a franchise with many more Mortal Kombat movies to come, just so long as the first one is successful.
There Will Be Fatalities
For those that don’t know, the most iconic part of the video game series is the Fatility, in which one opponent wins a fight by using some of the most brutal and grotesque moves ever seen in a video game.
Some of the craziest fatalities include Shao Khan smashing his opponent’s head all the way through their body with a giant hammer, and Cassie Cage kicking her opponent in the testicles so hard that his body splits in two. And the announcement that there will be fatalities in the movie has led to a long list of the ones we want to see in the movie.
A First Time Director Is At The Helm
Though the movie is being produced by James Wan, who is known for huge movies such as Furious 7 and Aquaman, not to mention a whole pantheon of horror movies, the movie is being directed by an unknown, Simon McQuoid.
Mortal Kombat will be McQuoid’s directorial debut, and not only is it cause for concern when a first-time director is at the helm of a movie, but it’s massively worrying when they’re steering the ship of a huge blockbuster film, which is clearly planned to be the beginning of a series.
Not only that, but unlike the first time director, Callaham has written a ton of blockbuster movies and is one of the most in-demand screenwriters at the minute, as he is writing the upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
It Will Be R-Rated
Thankfully, along with the Fatalities, the movie will be dripping with blood, bones, and brains, as the studio has confirmed in a bold move that the movie will definitely be R-rated.
Has Been In Production Since 2010
With the saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” nobody puts that into action more than movie studios, as when a movie under-performs or isn’t received as well, they immediately start trying to course-correct the series or reboot it entirely.
Well, that’s exactly what Warner Bros has been trying to do for years now, as a reboot of the series has been trying to get off the ground since 2010 after a reboot was pitched by Kevin Tancharoen. His vision turned into the TV show Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Surprisingly, for a movie as niche as Mortal Kombat, there isn’t any huge blockbuster actor to pull in a wider audience. However, thankfully, the movie has foregone whitewashing and the cast includes a ton of Chinese, Japanese, and Singaporean actors.
Along with the cast, there have been several confirmed characters, including fan-favorites Sonya Blade and Scorpion, which has led to a huge wish list that fans of the series want to see on the big screen.
The Release Date
Being one of the most anticipated movies of 2021, it will be one of the first tent pole movies from Warner Bros, as it’ll see release both in theatres and on HBO Max on April 16 of 2021.
Strangely enough, being less than four months away from the release date, we haven’t seen anything about the movie yet. Even though we should have had a trailer by now, there hasn’t even been so much as a screenshot of the movie, which is even more cause for concern.
The Movie’s Composer
The movie’s composer doesn’t only add excitement for Mortal Kombat, but also prestige. With all the mounting reasons to worry about the quality of the movie, Benjamin Wallfisch hasn’t composed music for a bad movie.
Just like David Callaham, Wallfisch is another in-demand creator in Hollywood, and his most recent work includes compositions for The Invisible Man, It Chapter One and Two, and Shazam.