While it’s true that a new live-action Mortal Kombat movie is in the works, it’s 2021 release date is still a ways away. In the meantime, MK fans have the upcoming R-rated animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge to satisfy their bloodlust. And judging from the newly-released first trailer, the cartoon is going to be just as brutal and violent as whatever the live-action version will come up with.
The movie’s title implies that Scorpion will be the main focus of the film, and yet the trailer and synopsis both seem to indicate that the film is essentially a retelling of the classic storyline from the original Mortal Kombat game, which also served as the main storyline for the 1995 live-action film. Here’s what the movie’s about, courtesy of Nerdist:
“Based on the worldwide hit game created by Ed Boon & John Tobias, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge spotlights the once-in-a-generation tournament between the champions of Outworld and Earthrealm — a competition that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth and all its citizens. Lord Raiden, protector of Earthrealm, must gather the greatest fighters of his realm to defend it from the evil Shang Tsung in the battle to end all battles — Mortal Kombat!”
As for the trailer, it’s certainly violent (this is Mortal Kombat we’re talking about here), but we don’t see anything that rises to the level of the film’s R-rating. We’re guessing that the actual movie, which comes from some of the same people who’ve brought us recent DC Comics animated movies, is going to be much heavier in the gore department. In other words, there should be plenty of fatalities along with a distinct lack of babalities.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge will be released on digital and Blu-ray sometime this spring.