Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular video game franchises since its first title released in 1992. The series was also one of the first to have its content adapted for theaters in 1995. After that, the interaction between games and other media increased over the years. years old. Check out a list of 7 movies, animations and series based on Mortal Kombat.
Mortal Kombat and the audiovisual
Mortal Kombat was the third major game franchise to have its content adapted for the big screen. Although Mortal Kombat was very popular and a money-generating machine, the timing for the release of the first film was not the best. After all, the Mario Bros. film was a commercial failure and Street Fighter suffered heavy criticism, due to its quality.
Despite this, the first film was a success and paved the way for a sequence of dubious quality and other productions. Follow the list with Mortal Kombat films, as well as animations and series.
Mortal Kombat – The Movie (1995)
The first film based on the games debuted in cinema in 1995 and was a box office success. Its budget was $ 18 million and raised $ 122 million.
The story puts fighters from the Kingdom of the Earth to compete in a tournament and prevent the Emperor of Outworld from invading our kingdom. The story is simple and although the film has an indicative rating of 13 years, it managed to create charismatic characters, reproduced in a satisfactory way elements of games such as: fatalities, friendships and blows of the fighters.
Mortal Kombat is not a cinematic pearl, but it did well at the box office, being remembered by fans as one of the best game adaptations for cinema. In addition to having that musical theme almost impossible to forget.
After directing Mortal Kombat, director Paul WS Anderson seems to have chosen to follow the path of directing film adaptations of games, after all he directed the first film based on Resident Evil, much of its sequences and in 2020 directed the film based on Monster Hunter .
Where to Watch:
- Streaming: Telecine
- Rent / Purchase: Apple TV +, Microsoft Store
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
There is the maxim in Hollywood that if something was successful, it must have a following. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was released in 1997, two years after the original film.
The film featured only two members of the original cast. Only Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) returned to reprise their roles. Most of the actors chose not to accept the project, after having knowledge about the script of the film.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is not a good movie. Both critics and audiences disapprove of the film, due to several problems such as its broken script, bad fights, effects dated at the time and very weak performances. However, it can be fun to revisit the movie and watch it as an involuntary comedy.
Where to watch:
- Streaming: HBO GO
- Rent / Purchase: Apple TV +
Mortal Kombat Legends: Revenge of Scorpion (2020)
The film is an animation that tells the story of Scorpion from a new perspective. Telling individual stories is nothing new in the series. The games have already done something similar, like Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.
The film presents the story of Hanzo Hasashi before being killed by the Lin Kuei clan and also his life as Scorpion. The protagonism of the film is shared with the trio composed of Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya in a plot to defend the Earth Kingdom.
The film somewhat resembles the visual style of recent DC Comics animations, it is violent, but it knows how to combine moments of humor and should please fans of the old ones, but also those who started to follow the series from the most recent games.
Where to Watch:
- Streaming: HBO GO
- Rent / Purchase: Apple TV +, Google Play Store and MIcrosoft Store
Mortal Kombat (2021)
The latest film about the Mortal Kombat universe was released simultaneously to theaters and to the streaming service HBO Max, due to the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The feature broke the record for views on the service, which in just five days reached 3.8 million views, surpassing the number of 3.6 million views, reached by Godzilla vs. Kong, another film much awaited by the public of the service.
Unlike the old films, the 2021 film uses a lot of graphic violence to reproduce the game’s environment, so fatalities and scenes with a certain level of gore are present.
Despite the success of the streaming service, the film received mixed reviews from many vehicles and also from fans, due to its inconsistent script and some uninspiring fights.
Where to Watch:
- Streaming: HBO Max. The service is not yet available in Brazil, but is scheduled to debut on June 21.
Series and animations
Unfortunately for those who would like to kill their homesickness, these series are not available on streaming services in Brazil, but it is worth remembering. (or know)
Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011)
Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a series that works as a prequel to the events related to the first game and shows a different look at the plot of Mortal Kombat and the reasons that made the characters participate in the tournament.
The series lasted two seasons and was attended by some well-known actors such as: Michael Jai White (Jax), Mark Dacascos (Kung Lao) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who again played the wizard Shang Tsung.
Mortal Kombat: The Conquest (1998)
Mortal Kombat: Conquest is a series produced by New Line Entertainment that tells a story that takes place long before the events of the games, focused on three characters: Kung Lao, Siro and Taja, who under the command of Raiden, fight to defend the Kingdom of Earth against the dominance of Outworld.
Most of the story involves the characters created for the series, but Raiden, Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn appear frequently. Figures like Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Quan Chi, Kitana and Mileena also make occasional appearances.
The series had a season with 22 episodes and was later canceled.
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Earth (1996)
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Earth was a series consisting of 13 cartoons, produced by Threshold Entertainment and Film Roman, aired in the United States in 1996.
As much as Mortal Kombat was far from being a game for children, most of the licensed products about the game were focused on children and teenagers. Therefore, there was the production of the cartoon Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, in Brazil: Mortal Kombat: The Defenders of the Earth.
The animation put the fighters in a kind of super team, united to fight the forces of Outworld, in a format that resembled the design of the “Commandos in Action”.
Quan Chi, the main culprit for the hateful relationship between Scorpion and Sub-Zero, as well as being one of the most important characters in history in Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, appeared in this drawing before making his presence at the games.
In Brazil, if you are old like the one who writes you, you must remember the VHS tapes of this animation being sold in a combo with the magazine Ação Games. Some time later, the drawing was also shown by SBT.
These were the incursions of our “kombatentes” in the world outside of games. So, did you follow any of these programs? Did you like them? Comment there for us.
With information: The Hollywood Reporter, IMDb