It’s only competition is well..the games themselves..
Last week Thursday Warner Brothers finally showed the first trailer for the upcoming and much anticipated Mortal Kombat live action movie. And well, it doesn’t disappoint. We’ll start by letting you watch the trailer above before we get into things below.
So Mortal Kombat as a franchise has actually been playing around with live action content for a while now. Chances are some of you will remember the two 90’s era movies, with the first one being a bit of an underrated classic of it’s time, while the latter was a failure no one would prefer to speak of. However live action projects for Mortal Kombat didn’t end there, with two web series Mortal Kombat Konquest and Mortal Kombat Legacy that had their fair share of successes and failures along with a fan film trailer that grounded the series a little more but kept its gritty tone. None of these really hit the ground running however, and that was a pretty big let-down for Mortal Kombat fans, who definitely knew their franchise’s lore was rich enough to be adapted well if in the right hands, and it seems finally after some years of troubled development their wish has been answered.
Now we won’t go into trailer review territory here, but we will say that it definitely feels like mortal Kombat, and mostly in the best ways as well. From the portrayal of Sub-Zero’s cold demeanor to Kano actually performing a fatality in the first trailer, it’s clear the creators of this movie know which franchise their adapting and seem to love it as well. This is good news because along with the not-so-reliable track record of video game movies, the MK movie needs to impress audiences enough to build the multi-entry MCU-style movie franchise that this property needs to be represented properly. Simply puts, it needs a really good movie, and one that’s worthy to stand along-side the franchise’s current game and comic entries because for those who pay attention, Mortal Kombat actually has a very good storyline and lore for people to indulge in. In fact, since Mortal Kombat 9, the story modes for the mainline games have been so good, they’re worth following and watching as movies on YouTube. Just look at the Mortal Kombat 11 story mode “movie” that we linked below. Hence ironically enough, the upcoming Mortal Kombat Movie’s greatest critic is the Mortal Kombat game series, and that makes an interesting situation for the movie to be in. It’s actually why fans are a little miffed about the new lead character Cole Young played by Lewis Tan, as opposed to having Liu Kang , Raiden or the surprisingly missing Johnny Cage being the lead, but hopefully this is a change that can actually work in the movie’s favor as well.
In the end however, we’ll just have to wait for April 16 to find out when the movie releases in cinemas and on HBO Max, adding to the already mentioned shift to streaming for movies especially in this pandemic. Hopefully the pandemic will be less of an issue by the time Mortal Kombat releases. For now though, all we can do is hope the movie lives up to the hype.