You may have heard that Warner Brothers is planning to bring Mortal Kombat back to the big screen next year, but there's also going to be a feature-length "komeback" for the franchise in 2020 as well. Today, IGN released the debut trailer for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, an animated feature that seems like it'll roughly trace the story of the very first game in the series. Surprisingly, it looks a bit tame.
If it wasn't for the familiar green MPAA splash at the start of the trailer, you might walk away from it thinking that Scorpion's Revenge would be an uncharacteristically bloodless take on the Mortal Kombat series. That's all the work of the editing here, as it's been rated R for "strong bloody violence throughout" as well as "some language."
Who'll be cussing and cutting each other to shreds, you ask? Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the movie's cast: its biggest stars are Joel McHale (Community) as Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) as Sonya Blade. Prolific game and anime voice actor Patrick Seitz will provide the voice of Scorpion, a role he's previously played in a few mainline Mortal Kombat games and spin-offs.
While Scorpion's Revenge looks to present a take on the oldest Mortal Kombat story of them all (Shang Tsung's throwing a death party, and you're all invited...), it looks like next year's live-action reboot will take things in a somewhat fresh direction. With James Wan (Aquaman) producing and first-time director Simon McQuoid helming the film, a 2018 report from ThatHashtagShow claims it'll star a brand-new character: Cole Turner, a boxer from Philadelphia.
So, it seems next year's live-action film will add a little Rocky spice to the formula while Scorpion's Revenge is saving all its fatalities (i.e. the best bits) for when it releases on Blu Ray and digital platforms later this year. Fair enough—and no matter how either film measures up, at least we'll always have the '95 original. When's that thing finally going to get a Criterion release, anyway?