The new Mortal Kombat movie has just premiered. It’s a perfect opportunity to gather all the franchise films and tv shows. There are more of them than you might think.
This movie is probably the least known part of the MK movie franchise. It’s an animated prequel to the first Mortal Kombat live-action movie. The Journey Begins lacked gore and violence because it was intended mainly for a young audience. Besides classic 2D animation, it contained weird 3D fight scenes that looked ugly even back in the days. On the other hand, there were some bright sides, such as the explanation of Scorpion – Sub-Zero rivalry.
Paul W. S. Anderson’s movie wasn’t critically acclaimed, but fans loved it. Over the years, it has even gained a cult status. Most of all, Mortal Kombat was the first film that showed that movies based on video games didn’t have to be horrible. The movie also had a significant impact on Mortal Kombat games. For example, it introduced the rule that one realm must win ten tournaments in a row to conquer the other. Furthermore, it caused the change of Kano’s nationality to Australian. And last but not least, it gave us this song:
Fortunately, Scorpion’s kunai as a living being didn’t become a canon.
This 13-episode animated series featured most of the Mortal Kombat 3 cast. Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm starring some well-known actors, including Ron Perlman, Luke Perry, and The Wonder Years star Olivia d’Abo. Almost every episode of the series depicted how the warriors gathered by Raiden defend Earthrealm against invasions from other dimensions. Just as The Journey Begins, this cartoon contained only some bloodless violence. Interestingly, Defenders of the Realm marked Quan Chi’s first appearance in the Mortal Kombat franchise.
Let’s cut to the chase; this movie was so terrible that it killed the promising series. The first Mortal Kombat wasn’t flawless, but it was a competent movie. Unfortunately, Annihilation was held together with chewing gum because filmmakers have decided to put every warrior and every distinctive franchise’ element. No wonder that the sequel won its place on our list of the worst movies based on video games.
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This live-action TV series was focused on the adventures of the Great Kung Lao and his two friends – Siro and Taja. The Conquest was never a part of the Mortal Kombat canon; however, it had some solid fanbase. Unlucky, the show was canceled after the very first season. As a result, it ends with a very depressing cliffhanger.
There is also a movie cut of the series called Mortal Kombat Conquest: Final Battle.
It is a short movie directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Although Rebirth is a fan film, it was made by professionals and starring renowned actors, including Jeri Ryan and Michael Jai White. Rebirth was meant to show an idea for the series reboot, presenting a more realistic approach, resembling Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. According to the rumor, Tachenord uploaded the movie to show it to his friends but accidentally made it available to everyone. This accident occurred a blessing because Rebirth has met with a positive response, which helped convincing Warner Bros to fund a web series – Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
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It’s the most original production among all the MK movies and TV shows. Every of about 10-minutes episodes explains the background or adventures of one or more characters. Some episodes’ scripts stick close to the games’ plot, but there are also a few unusual ones. Especially the Raiden’s episode, which depicts the God of Thunder’s escape from a psychiatric facility.
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Interestingly, this cartoon is the bloodies MK movie so far. The film shows the story of Hanzo Hasashi, so we see the death of his family and clan and his path to revenge. Although it’s focused on the yellow ninja, it also depicts the first MK tournament.
Simon McQuoid’s film is a reboot of the Mortal Kombat film series. The plot focuses on pretournament events, and besides the well-known fighters, we have an original protagonist, a Scorpion’s descendant called Cole Young. The movie has its flaws, but it met with a generally positive response. Especially the fans are giving the new Mortal Komabt positive reviews; hence the chances for a sequel seem to be high.
We wonder if the movie’s original elements, such as arcana, will become part of the canon. We also love Josh Lawson’s performance as Kano. So if you’re looking for a reason to watch this movie, this shameless mercenary is a good one!