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New images from the Mortal Kombat movie show off Sub-Zero, Scorpion and more

By Tim Augustin - on 18 Jan 2021, 6:32pm

New images from the Mortal Kombat movie show off Sub-Zero, Scorpion and more

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

No Johnny Cage, though.

We finally have our first look at Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Mortal Kombat movie! Directed by Simon McQuoid, this reboot is meant to reintroduce iconic fighters from the game as they participate in a high stakes tournament - to the death. Although we don’t have a proper trailer yet, Warner Bros. has released images showing off Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Sonya, Jax, Kano and new character Cole Young. 

Franchise favourites like Johnny Cage and Kitana have not been included in this adaptation, for some reason. Instead, Kitana’s evil twin Mileena will be in the movie, and Johnny Cage appears to have been replaced by Cole Young (Lewis Tan). According to Warner Bros., Cole is a mixed martial arts fighter, bearing a strange birthmark in the shape of the Mortal Kombat logo. Much like Johnny Cage, his career has gone down the drain when we meet him. 

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung (Ng Chin Han) sends the legendary Cryomancer Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) to hunt Cole down and kill him, which sends Cole searching for Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) at the direction of Jax (Mehcad Brooks). Eventually, Cole finds himself under the protection of thunder god Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), who helps him train with renowned warriors Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) and Kung Lao (Max Huang). 

The mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson) trains with them too, but given that he’s a villain in the games, one can expect an imminent betrayal. There’s also a running plotline involving Sub-Zero and Scorpion, two characters in Mortal Kombat lore who constantly find themselves at odds with one another. The story synopsis doesn’t delve into Mileena and Shang Tsung’s roles, but it looks like the movie has no shortage of bad guys.

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

This colourful cast of characters will have to fight together against Outworld’s forces for the fate of the universe, with no small amount of fatalities along the way. According to Entertainment Weekly, director Simon McQuoid isn’t shying away from the brutal and violent nature of the Mortal Kombat franchise. “There is gore, blood, and fatalities,” he confirms. 

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Mortal Kombat will hit theaters and stream on HBO Max on April 16, 2021. Warner Bros. Pictures previously confirmed that all of their 2021 movies would hit theaters and HBO Max on the day of release. 

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