Personal opinion, I enjoyed the animated Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge more than the live action movie. The depth of the story was better, the character designs were a bit better and the action just felt larger. Given that the live action movie was pretty good too, that’s saying something.
While sequel talk has been circulating for both, we finally have some official news to share. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has confirmed that Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms will indeed be a sequel to the previous film. You know what else is great? They already have an incredible Johnny Cage.
Returning cast members include Joel McHale (Community, Stargirl) as the aforementioned Cage, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) as Sonya Blade, Jordan Rodrigues (Lady Bird, The Fosters) as Liu Kang; Patrick Seitz (Mortal Kombat X, Aggretsuko, Naruto: Shippuden) as Scorpion & Hanzo Hasashi; Artt Butler (Her, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Shang Tsung & Cyrax; Robin Atkin Downes (The Strain, Batman: The Killing Joke) as Shinnok & Reiko; Dave B. Mitchell (Mortal Kombat 11, Call of Duty franchise) as Raiden, Kintaro & Sektor; Ikè Amadi (Mass Effect 3, Mortal Kombat 11) as Jax Briggs & One Being; Grey Griffin (The Loud House, Young Justice, Scooby-Doo franchise) as Kitana, Satoshi Hasashi & Mileena; and Fred Tatasciore (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) as Shao Kahn. Joining the cast are Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Justice Society: World War II) as Stryker & Smoke; Bayardo De Murguia (Tiny Pretty Things) as Sub-Zero/Kuai Liang; Matt Yang King (Mortal Kombat 11 video game, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five) as Kung Lao; Paul Nakauchi (Carmen Sandiego, Overwatch) as Lin Kuei Grandmaster; Emily O’Brien (Days of Our Lives, Constantine: City of Demons) as Jade; Debra Wilson (World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, MADtv) as D’Vorah.
As far as the story goes, it picks up shortly after the previous film. From there, ” our team of heroes are besieged by the enemy forces of Shao Kahn – forcing Raiden and his group of warriors into a deal to compete in a final Mortal Kombat that will determine the fate of the realms. Now our heroes must travel to Outworld in order to defend Earthrealm and, simultaneously, Scorpion must find the ancient Kamidogu before it’s used to resurrect the One Being – which would mean certain destruction of all things in the universe. Time is short and the stakes are high in this action-packed continuation of the Mortal Kombat journey.”
Ethan Spaulding also returns to direct the sequel with a script from Jeremy Adams (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II), based on the videogame created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Boon also serves as a Creative Consultant. Rick Morales (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Batman vs. Two-Face) and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) will produce with Executive Producer is Sam Register.
I haven’t even told you about the special features yet.
The God and the Dragon: Battling for Earthrealm (Featurette) – Go behind the scenes and inside the creative process of bringing Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms to action-packed life on screen.
Voices of Kombat (Featurette) – Join Joel McHale, Jennifer Carpenter, and the cast as they detail the process of creating unique and compelling voices for the larger than life characters in the film.
Kombat Gags: Gag Reel (Featurette) – Step inside the VO booth with the cast of the film for all of the flubbed lines and outrageously improvised lines from the cutting room floor.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Audio Commentary (Audio Only) – Producer Rick Morales and Screenwriter Jeremy Adams take the audience inside the art of writing and animating the film in this feature length audio commentary.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms will be released on 4K Ultra, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DigitalHD beginning on August 31, 2021 from Warner Bros. Animation in coordination with NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The first trailer is coming soon, so be on the lookout.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment