Earlier this year, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for its animated Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge film. Said debut trailer was curiously tame for a movie based on a fighting game franchise that's been infamous for its violence since the early '90s. But don't fool yourself into thinking Scorpion's Revenge is going to give us an hour of the Kombatants sharing lemonade on a porch. The second trailer, released earlier today, pulls out all the stops and lets the blood flow between mountains of crushed skulls and shattered bones.
As its title suggests, Scorpion's Revenge narrates the tragic backstory of one of Mortal Kombat's key fighters, Scorpion. Scorpion's fall, resurrection, and burning thirst for revenge against his palette-swapped rival, Sub-Zero, is wrapped in a larger story about—what else—a Mortal Kombat tournament.
The new trailer, which is not for the squeamish, also functions as a role-call for the characters who'll tear into each other. Aside from Scorpion and Sub-Zero, we'll see Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Goro, Raiden, and others. Of course, the wise-cracking movie star Johnny Cage is here; Scorpion's Revenge is an R-rated movie filled with naughty words, so he's in his element.
As for star power, Scorpion's Revenge has Community's Joel McHale as Johnny Cage, and Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. Despite the recognizable games, Scorpion's Revenge is a straight-to-video affair. (Which Johnny Cage makes a funny remark about near the end of the trailer.) If you're aching for Mortal Kombat to hit the silver screen once more, you'll have to wait for next year's live-action movie.
As for those who'd rather smash skulls than passively watch it on television, Mortal Kombat 11 is pretty OK!