Mortal Kombat Movie Gets 2021 Release Date

According to reports from Deadline, Warner Bros. announced that the new Mortal Kombat movie will be released on March 5, 2021. As of right now, this will go directly head-to-head with Sony and Mattel’s Masters of the Universe which was recently pushed back to this date as well.

The film is still slated to be produced by James Wan and will be directed by newcomer Simon McQuoid – a veteran and acclaimed commercial director for various companies such as Playstation, Duracell, and Nissan.

The film has started pre-production in South Australia, with no further details on cast or plot. Time will tell if the March 5th, 2021 date holds firm, but it’s a very positive sign to see James Wan and Warner Bros. still moving forward with a new Mortal Kombat movie.

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adamDMK’s Thoughts: A quick op-ed piece from yours truly. I’m super excited to finally see some concrete news on the next Mortal Kombat movie. The media aspects of Mortal Kombat, which marries the deep lore and history from the video games to the exciting characters and martial arts action is one of my favorite things about this franchise.

James Wan is a super-talented filmmaker, and I feel he can get his vision across properly. Also, curious to see what Simon McQuoid can offer. Looking through his resume of the commercials he’s filmed, some of them iconic even, I feel the movie is in very good hands. However, as we’ve recently seen with season 8 of GoT, your film can be stylistically and visually amazing, but if the plot is contrived, nonsensical, and cheesy – it won’t matter how great the film looks. James Wan has expressed a desire to do things right – so here’s hoping the previous plot “leaks” were just fan created and we get a proper adaptation of the Mortal Kombat story.

I’m a bit skeptical though – and given how the timelines and storyline in the Mortal Kombat video games are a bit “all over the place” if you will, Warner Bros. might play it safe and combine recent storylines and give in to fan service – which may or may not work well. Keeping in mind Warner Bros. recent track record of handling the Justice League and Suicide Squad franchises in particular, I’m very cautious to see how things will play out. I’m hoping my skepticism turns into a sigh of relief and we get a fun, popcorn movie with all of our favorite Kombatants and a coherent story.

Last thing I’ll say, I still feel strongly that a movie is not the proper medium for Mortal Kombat. Come @ me bro! Telling a story this complex with all of the lore in less than 120 minutes does not do the franchise justice, and we end up with a contrived mess. It CAN be done right, as we’ve seen Threshold and Paul W.S. Anderson having the right idea in 1995 – streamlining the plot and action sequences. It wasn’t rocket science then though either – good guys versus bad guys, fighting in an ancient martial arts tournament to determine the fate of the world. Couple that with awesome fight scenes and (at the time) groundbreaking visuals – and cast it correctly with decent actors, you have the recipe for a fun summer popcorn flick.

With the above being said, the lore and history of Mortal Kombat has grown exceptionally large since the 1995 film, so simplifying the story probably wouldn’t sit right with the current younger generation of fans, who’ve grown up on MK9, MKX, and MK11’s rich stories. I feel these fans will influence Warner Bros. much more than the “weathered” fans who’ve been with the franchise since the early 90s.

What exactly am I getting at? The 2010’s have shown that serial television shows are extremely popular and profitable. With the proper showrunners, some of these become masterpieces even. We’re truly in the golden age of serial television. Mortal Kombat absolutely needs to be a serial show.

I think Kevin Tancharoen had the right idea with Mortal Kombat: Legacy. I just think he was handcuffed by a lower budget and time restraints, but he was able to get the true spirit of Mortal Kombat and a lot of the lore and history down pat in basically 190 minutes of content. He mostly hit on a lot of his casting choices (namely in Season 2) as well. However, imagine 8-10 hours of content per season? With a budget much larger than Legacy’s? See where I’m getting at here?

I think Warner Bros. is missing something here. Why not have a Mortal Kombat serialized show be the crown jewel of their new WarnerMedia streaming service? Or if they were going for a more mature audience – throw it on HBO, one of their subsidiaries. I feel HBO might be a bit more of an adamDMK fantasy, but it’s still a viable option for Warner Bros. Unless it was a complete flop and utter failure, I feel a serialized show would be a more realistic long term money maker and revenue stream since movie adaptations of video games are still so hit or miss. I mean think of all the successful recent serialized shows and how they work so well as shows with hours of content as opposed to 100-minute movies. Cobra Kai? Mr. Robot? Stranger Things even?

This would also help not having to go all in on the movie – as the budget for a movie demands immediate returns to be profitable. With a serialized show, the first season can have a “lower budget” in relative terms, with a more focused plot and cast. Say the first season is just establishing your key characters, giving context to their backstories, and have it be based on the first Mortal Kombat game (or first part of MK9). If successful, the scope of show can increase over the next few seasons and additional characters, worlds, and plot threads can be introduced.

I completely understand this is just me talking out of my butt here, but like I said I have felt strongly about a Mortal Kombat serialized show for awhile now. Either way, cheers to James Wan and company putting together something fun for all of us varying Mortal Kombat fans.

SonicFox Wins Mortal Kombat 11 Championship, Shouts Out Bernie Sanders

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Dominique “SonicFox” McLean is one of the greatest fighting game players of all time. The young non-binary competitor added to this legacy with a win at the Mortal Kombat 11 championship this weekend. It wasn’t quite as easy as some of their previous wins, but SonicFox used every opportunity to let the world know that this was their show.

The event, known as Final Kombat, wasn’t quite what Mortal Kombat 11 players anticipated. Concerns over the ongoing spread of coronavirus forced the organizers to cancel the last-chance open qualifiers that would have added one more competitor to the mix. (Clarification: 03/09/20, 2:45 PM ET: This final spot was instead awarded to Zoulfikar “Kombat” Dayekh.) The event also ended up prohibiting live spectating. But even without a raucous fighting game community crowd to cheer them on, SonicFox still stole the show with their colorful antics, both inside and outside the game.

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SonicFox faced stiff competition in the first set of the weekend from Canadian qualifier D2Stabs, who went the distance against the reigning Evo champion. After seemingly clinching the deciding round, SonicFox used a Mortal Kombat 11 mechanic known as Mercy to bring D2Stabs back from the dead, giving their opponent a second chance. The move was mostly performative, however, as the small chunk of life provided to D2Stabs with Mercy paled in comparison to SonicFox’s full health bar.

From there, SonicFox notched several impressive wins against players like their Injustice 2 rival Curtis “Rewind” McCall and frequent challenger Zoulfikar “Kombat” Dayekh before coming up against the upstart Jarrad “Ninjakilla_212″ Gooden in winners finals. As has often been the case in the past, Ninjakilla was the only player to defeat SonicFox over the weekend, sending them to the losers bracket after a brutal 3-2 performance. But after a quick win against Ryan “Dragon” Walker in losers finals, SonicFox stormed back for a rematch against Ninjakilla in the championship match.

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Due to qualifying for grand finals via the losers bracket, SonicFox needed to beat out Ninjakilla in two best-of-five sets in order to win the tournament. This often proves to be more of a mental hurdle than anything, but SonicFox made it clear that the weight of the moment wasn’t getting to them. On the brink of resetting the bracket, they used a peculiar portion of Joker’s moveset to taunt Ninjakilla with the character’s Batman puppet.

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This is an actual move—Joker will perform this routine for as long as a player holds his gunshot projectile—but it’s one that’s rarely seen in competition due to its unsafe nature. Down on life and unsure of when SonicFox would choose to unleash the ranged attack, all Ninjakilla could do was wait it out.

As you know by now, SonicFox won, taking home $40,000 in prize money for being the best in the world. They won two different world championships, Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat 11, with Joker despite the character’s differences and, in some cases, weaknesses between the two games. SonicFox accepted the championship while carrying the head of their iconic fursuit and draped in the trans pride flag. And in the closing moments of the stream, they left viewers with one final statement: “Vote Bernie.”

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SonicFox is a once-in-a-lifetime fighting game player, not only because they’re amazing at almost every game they pick up, but also because of the instances when they’ve used their spotlight for good. Upon winning the award for Best Esports Player at the Video Game Awards in 2018, SonicFox openly declared pride in their identity and rightfully called out an establishment that hates and discriminates against them. Since coming out as non-binary, SonicFox has radically shifted the way the fighting game community discusses gender and identity. It shouldn’t take being good at a fighting game to get respect, but SonicFox has used the platform they’ve been given to advocate for LGBTQ+ players who aren’t out there winning tournaments every weekend.

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SonicFox peppered their on-camera appearances at Final Kombat with demands for trans rights and love for the LGTBQ+ community within the scene. And when all was said and done, they threw their weight behind Bernie Sanders, a presidential candidate known for progressive policy positions. In so doing, SonicFox reinforced the reality that politics are a constant and irremovable part of everything that we all do, including competing in a fighting game tournament.

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New Mortal Kombat Animated Film Releasing In April

Arriving on digital platforms April 12 with Blu-ray and DVD on April 28, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge will tell the story of the original arcade battle between Outworld and Earthrealm, before things got more complicated.

Things were so simple during the events of the original Mortal Kombat. It was just warriors of Earth versus warriors of Outworld for the fate of Earthrealm. That’s what’s going down in Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpions Revenge. While the title makes it sound like the focus will be on the game’s beloved yellow ninja, the top billing in the YouTube description for the trailer goes to Joel McHale as Johnny Cage and Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. Scorpion’s barely even in the trailer. I sure hope he gets some revenge.

It’s a story we’ve seen told before, but Warner Bros. Animation excels at such things, being the studio behind all the good comic story-based DC animated movies. If any animation group can make the original tournament interesting again, it’s that one.

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Mortal Kombat 11’s Joker Gets A Much-Needed Makeover

In August, when Netherrealm Studios revealed the full roster of downloadable fighters for Mortal Kombat 11’s first Kombat Pass, many fans were put off by the buff, well-groomed version of DC Comics villain Joker. Apparently Netherrealm took those concerns to heart, as last night’s video announcing a January 28 release for the character stars a lankier, more disheveled, more maniacal version of the clown prince of crime.

It was a bit shocking when the studio that had done the Joker great justice in the Injustice series (and Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe back in the Midway days) tried to pass off this foppish loon as a Mortal Kombat 11 guest character.

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He looks like Joker cosplay. He’s a Joker that stops by his stylist before doing crimes. He has never danced with the devil in the pale moonlight. He probably doesn’t even like the way that sounds.

Much fuss was made over the Joker’s initial appearance. YouTube videos were made. Conspiracy theories were floated that the character was originally supposed to be Ash from The Evil Dead and the strange Joker model was some sort of reskin. Fans offered their own redesign ideas in order to fix the Joker.

All for naught, as it turns out, as Netherrealm fixed him themselves. Here’s the new and greatly improved Mortal Kombat 11 Joker.

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Those dark, evil eyes. The pointed chin. The rictus grin. The hooked nose. That’s the Joker. He looks even better in action. Watch him fight Cassie Cage in her Harley Quinn-inspired outfit from last night’s Video Game Awards trailer.


Fans are pleased, except those still angry it’s not Ash from The Evil Dead. I am pleased. The new and improved Joker arrives in Mortal Kombat 11 on January 28.