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Mystery Mortal Kombat Teaser Comes With The Sickness

Update: Jeri Ryan has posted on her Twitter page that the trailer is not for a game:

"It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film."

Original Story:

The original "Mortal Kombat" may be one of the few decent game-to-movie adaptations - depending on who you ask - and we've heard that Warner Bros. might want to bring the franchise back to the big screen.

Now, that rumor has even more fuel, although the video on display at Kotaku could be a live-action trailer for the new Mortal Kombat game. And you know, either way, that trailer is just plain sick. You may recognize some of the faces in the video but even if you don't, you can't possibly miss the intense, dark tone of the gritty atmosphere; one that seems more reminiscent of the horror genre rather than the over-the-top action category. Again, though, it sort of falls in line with the franchise's game aim: MK creator Ed Boon has said the team intends to deliver an adult-oriented title - "People want an M-Rated MK...damnit, we will give them an M-rated MK." At the same time, and as Kotaku obviously mentions, there really is too much star power for this to be some flighty fan project. Hollywood may still view the "Mortal Kombat" series as a definite money-maker; one of the few related to the video game industry that has performed well in the past.

The video is bound to turn heads, regardless. Whatever it turns out to be, it should certainly give everyone a bit of a jolt.

6/8/2010 9:05:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (103 posts)

Sunni_Boi
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 9:41:49 PM
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O this video is too sick! I was so amazed when i seen this. The fight scene was too nice!

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Bloodysilence19
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 9:48:42 PM

i think bringing the movie to more real life base just wont have that mortal kombat feel like the original did even though the original was horrible written the characters actually look like the characters in the game

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:02:39 PM

@ Leemo19

This is "MORTAL" Kombat we're talking about here. I think it fits.

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spiderboi
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 7:29:50 AM

on the contrary, IMO i think the fight sequence was not that great. some had waaay too obvious "no hits" (well of course they don't hit but the camera angles just show it to blatantly) and the fighting reactions are too "choreographed". it doesn't seem like a reaction rather a specifically choreographed sequence.

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Silent_J
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 8:44:46 AM

did you pause the vid to see sub zero, he looks craazy.

cant wait for more info on whatever this is.

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 9:46:40 PM
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idk about this. is this supposed to be a teaser for a new film, or is it supposed to be for a game? i mean the video was awesome, but at the same time it seems, if this is to be the new direction of the story (gamewise), that it throws too much or perhaps all of the established universe out the window

i'd like to see this if its a movie.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:12:32 PM

To be fair, the established MK universe has become way too convoluted and out there to return to normal (Kinda like the old Batman movies) and needs a reboot.

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:26:06 PM

i think what MK deception established made for a good story, plus it kinda reaffirmed what happened in some of the previous (1 thru deadly alliance) games. kinda like a story so far kinda thing.

armageddon kinda jumbled it all up, but it was still ok, since you could still make something of it.

but the story in MK vs DC kinda sucked. it didn't fit in with anything....



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gumbi
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:02:40 PM
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I will always have a soft spot for Mortal Kombat. I was such an obsessive fan of that franchise for such a long time, and I still love the first movie. I remember nearly crapping my pants when I saw the trailer for the first time (That scene with Scorpion cartwheeling onto the screen and launching the spear at me will forever be burned into my brain, filed under AWESOME!). Haha, I got my mom to drive me and a van full of my other 11-12 year old MK maniac friends to the theater to see it. Ahh, good times.

So, if this really IS the direction of a new MK movie/game then sign me up. I'm all for it.

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mike rlz
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:10:19 PM

MORTAL KOMBAAAAT duh duh duh duh duh duh... that was my favorite song when i was little. a new movie could be cool. so would a game. either way i could end up a happy camper.

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main_event05
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:16:58 PM
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Ben, you got my email??

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:17:32 PM
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=O

It's a movie I reckon. I'm going to the cinema when this one releases.

In the shadows I thought Scorpion was James Caviezel but it turns out it's Ian Anthony Dale, the same guy who played Kazuya in the Tekken movie. I need to watch the Tekken movie. Probably terrible.

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:25:28 PM

i hope your right that its a movie

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:14:41 PM

Was that Michael Jai White as Jax?

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main_event05
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:40:31 PM

It was. That guy kicks ass

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:29:39 AM

They need him to do another Spawn movie, the first one was okay if a bit low budget and I think with all the superhero stuff going on now they could make Spawn cool again.

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main_event05
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:14:14 AM

I would be one if the few if not the only person to reprise a role after a reboot.

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Alienange
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:18:44 PM
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Heads in the fridge? Yikes!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:32:26 AM

yeah, you don't like to crack open a cold one?

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main_event05
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:23:45 PM
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I like the direction they took with this one. I'm just glad they didn't try to make it pg 13 or something.

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fatelementality
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:25:12 PM
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What.......the......hell. Ok......instead of trying to do the same story, OR giving the franchase a new look, how's about continuing the story ya got. I'm a fan of closure myself. Stop going back to the beginning of everything. Good examples: Batman, Hulk, Superman, Spiderman, X-men (which was f'ed from the beginning). Give me a MGS4, a Resident Evil 5, or a God of War 3 esque storyline. Let there be an end so that crappy sequels can be a thing of the past. Let reinvention occur when you have either one side standing, peace, or nuclear freakin devastation! That is all. Looks ok, but I guess we'll see.

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Alienange
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:46:51 PM

X-Men movies were the sickness in a very different way.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:32:27 AM

I don't think there's much room for expansion on Mortal Kombat's storyline post-Mortal Kombat Armageddon. Before MK vs. DCU came about, I remember Ed Boon talking about rebooting the franchise from the original story.

Sadly, however, this seems to be just a filmed pitch to Warner Bros. by the director, according to the Latino Review.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:12:55 AM

@ MadPowerBomber

there were a few things to go off of from the plot in deception and armageddon, namely the one being

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kraygen
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:33:45 PM
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Wow Mortal Kombat with a story. It's about time, my biggest problem with fighting games of old is, lack of story.

MK was awesome to play, but generic tournament of freaks storyline has always been over used, in video games and movies. It will be really awesome if this adds to it, the trailer was awesome.

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Mavfan321
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:49:28 PM

I think fighting games for the most part lacked a great story because the focus was usually more on combat between friends or with others at arcades. People would usually only play the story mode if they had no one else to play at the moment. So I can be forgiving of this fault in fighters (clearly I'm a fan of at least one game in the genre.)

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:56:41 AM

There's actually plenty of story in Mortal Kombat and even more behind the scenes inspiration for the stories, but it doesn't unwind the way it does in other genres. A great deal of Mortal Kombat is inspired by several aspects of Asian mythology (Raiden/Raijin and Fujin being weather based deities, Shinnok being loosely based off of YAMA, a Hindu God of Death; Sheeva being loosely based on Kali, so on and so forth). The first game was slim, but it was build up in subsequent games with it really spilling out in Deadly Alliance, Deception and Armageddon.

Fighting games get slammed for this rather commonly, but if you play the games enough, the stories become much more clear. You could actually make a massive role-playing game out of the Street Fighter plotlines alone.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 10:54:25 PM
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Wow, that's insane, I wrote a short story about a killer that survived Harlequin Ichthyosis four years ago.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:10:05 PM

After watching that video I'd like to read that short story of yours.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:15:09 PM

I don't even know if I have it anymore, it never got published unfortunately.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:01:00 PM
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http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=66904

It's a reaction-gauge movie short for a possible new movie. I think it's an awesome idea. I think Scorpion might be a little too "out there" to carry a movie like this. But it could work.

I hope it does, anyway.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:17:24 PM

Oh yeah, make sure you pause the video when Sub-Zero's face flashes (and I mean flashes) up on screen. It's badass in an unnerving kind of way.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:06:22 PM
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I think this is for the movie, but I would be more than happy to find out it's actual for the game instead.

Awesome trailer, and if it is for the movie, this just might get me back into going to a theater again.

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Sol
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:09:03 PM
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This vid is to well done to be left alone. They turned the supernatural characters of the series into realistic psychopathic killers and freaks and still maintained my interest. I would watch this if it became a movie. It's like a parallel MK Universe. Too bad though how Johnny Cage always gets the short end of the stick in the movies (First Goro, then getting his neck snapped by Shao Kahn... and here I thought things couldn't get any worse for the guy).

If it becomes a game... we'll see when we get there.

How interesting though, a game based off of movies and vice versa usually don't fare too well. But what about a game based off of a movie that was based off of a game? Sounds like new territory to me.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:15:44 PM

I agree about JC. He'd be a better fit for the main role or at least as a guy to keep Scorpion on task. I wouldn't trust Scorpion to act on his own. Hey, maybe they'll use Stryker for that since's he's a cop too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:16:38 PM

Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game ring any bells? lol. But I'm sure that can't happen again, it was the perfect storm of crappyness.

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main_event05
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:22:51 PM

LV still has nightmares from that game. lol

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Qwarktast1c
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:36:41 PM

@ sol

yeah i REALLY dislike this whole
"hey let's make reptile a cannibalistic serial killer, and baraka a plastic surgeon gone so crazy that he decided to turn himself into a freak of nature"

and scorpion is supposed to be a damn HELLSPAWN!!!
i mean sure he had the crazy eyes, but still...

seems ok if its a movie, but good lord.... if its a game..... idk....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:14:22 PM
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Definitely cool that they were enlisting Scorpion, that's who I "was" in the old days. You know how it is, you and your friends pick a character who is your personal favorite and the other person can't use them :)

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main_event05
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:23:24 PM

Sub-Zero FTW

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:20:39 AM

Oh yeah, nothing could beat that scorpion badass ness, the doppleganger fly off the screen appear on other side move and GET OVER HERE. just the best.

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Silent_J
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:08:41 AM

scorpion ,then subzero and lastly raiden or lui kang were my best picks.

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natho86
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:24:34 PM
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This has to be for the movie. I think there putting this out there to see how much hype comes from it and it is working,so many web sites are talking about this. Good move!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:24:34 PM
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I don't get it...
Whenever they make movies based on fighting games they treat them all the same

They all use these UNIVERSAL martial arts moves with very few of their actual attacks
Then there's the using beer bottles and doing wrestling moves....

Where are the the moves that define these characters? Like Baraka slicing his opponents with his claws? Or Sub-zero freezing his opponents to death?

It's a preview, they movie could have all the goodness as far as the actual action is concerned, but the 7 minute video doesn't show me any of that. SO FAR it's disappointing.

The plot is really good though, like the dark/horror theme they're going for.

Hopefully the game will stick to this dark/horror theme as well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:30:58 PM

But, just in that preview we saw Scorpion's rope spear go through someone's head and Baraka do a head chop. (Well a modified head chop)

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:06:28 AM

Not to mention Reptile ripping a head off and to eat it.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:17:13 AM

Sure, I like those PLANNEd scenes

But look at the fight between Baraka and that other guy...it's nothing but a Jackie-Chan fight. Using a beer bottle, wrestling moves?

I want to see Baraka fighting with his claws out, doing some REAL damage with those claws. Not just at the end when the opponent's already done.

Same with Reptile and Scorpion, it's just a scene where they show that they can do these moves. But when you get an actual fight scene they start punching and kicking each other, which is FINE but where are their signature moves?

It's a preview, the full movie might have 'game-like' fight scenes, but this teaser trailer doesn't really promise that, so far, but here's hoping.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:25:32 AM

AS a MK fan, and player (well former, since we havnt had a decent one in awhile) I can honestly say that ragardless the fact that I know what you mean. Combos are what won your fights in the game. The 2d fighter was flawed at times linking upper cuts and say subzeros freeze repeatedly was an easy way to keep the enemy down. but timing and combos are what won most of my fights.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:28:04 AM

I see what you are saying Scarecrow, you don't want it to be like MMA but more like the game fights. I kind of agree because thats what would put the MK in it, but I do love a good Jackie Chan style fight so I'll be okay either way.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:45:06 AM

Storytelling reasons. In a fighting game you can through a bajillion fireballs in one round and they have very little special quality to them outside of the conventional one-on-one warfare sort of manner. But as you can see in the various anime and comic books centered around Street Fighter alone, it takes an awful lot of concentration and focus to throw something like a Hadouken, and they're much more powerful.

It's a dynamic aspect of storytelling told through actions. It's why the best Street Fighter related fight scene in anything was the Chun-Li vs. Vega scene from the Street Fighter II: The Animated movie where she does use her two special moves, but sparringly. It's also why pro-wrestlers don't just come in and hit their finishing moves right off the bat and end the match. You need to tell the story with the action, and going by Mortal Kombat's miniscule fighting game engine in the early days, or the nonsensical engines implanted in Deadly Alliance, Deception, and Armageddon, it's hard to base the characters fighting skills on any given reference

If they do follow the in-game fighting engine too closely, we end up with things like Udon's Street Fighter comics which aren't exciting at all and seem to be nothing more than fanservice or fanfiction at it's highest caliber. Not that I dislike Udon's books, but I'd rather have stuff written and drawn by people who know how to tell a story through physical combat rather than people just going off the games.

There's also that tricky subject of there NOT BEING A MAIN CHARACTER in fighting games that every fighting game company and movie, comic, anime so on and so forth based off any fighting game seem to neglect. The main character is whomever the player chooses to play as.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:05:25 AM

i understand what you're saying scarecrow but i also think its a bit unfair and unrealistic to expect those moves to come out so frequently during battles in the movie. . Really if you think about it, the majority of the moves done in games like MK are fatal upon impact, to have them used over and over again in one battle would seem ridiculous to me

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:25:37 PM
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I would love a movie with scorpion as the main charcter. He was the most badass person in the entire series

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CHAOS THEORY X
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:37:24 PM

SUB-ZERO!

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CaptRon
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:27:23 PM
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WTH was that? Im at a loss for words... I mean the cool part about MK is the supernatural stuff. I don't know bout this. I'll prob see it tho.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:19:03 AM

Glad someone else noticed

The dark/horror theme is cool, but where are their powers, their bloody fights?

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:27:48 AM

Its a trailer. Not to mention the problem with the first two is they wern't down to earth. I mean they are not aliens lol.

They made Baraka, Reptile, and scorpion relate to the real world. I think it was a great idea. I mean really how did reptile become what he is, thats never been explained thoroughly. This trailer at least put a point to the characters.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:38:56 AM

Reptile's history has always been fully explained. He didn't "become" that way, he was born that way. He's part of an ancient reptilian species that originally inhabited Earthrealm before humans came along, and he's pretty much the last one of his kind. It's really explored through Deadly Alliance and Deception when Reptile becomes the vessel for the resurrection of Onaga, the Dragon King.

Yeah, fighting games have stories. Thick and dense ones, but most people don't pay attention to them and they often are more insane than any other kind of video game. Just look up the Street Fighter Plot Guide on Gamefaqs.com Especially any and all information that relates to M.Bison/Vega and Cammy. heh.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:09:30 AM

@ MadPowerBomber

THANK YOU!!

FINALLY!!!! somebody who pays attention to the story in MK!! :D


@ bigrailer19

you can't really relate most of the MK characters to the real world because they are supernatural.

baraka - tarkatan race (mixture of outworld & netherrealm species)

reptile - saurian race (to answer your question of why he is reptile, is because he isn't human to begin with)

scorpion - hellspawn ninja spectre


you can't really make those things more "real world"

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:38:20 AM

Haha, you're welcome. I'm a fighting game nutjob and have many of the plotlines memorized the same way I used to have 30+ years of X-Men history memorized when I was in high school. This common thought that "fighting games don't have stories" is rather dismissive that yeah, they do have stories and intricate plots, they just don't have the means to convey them the way other genres do.

I'm also trying to write the first novel in a series of them centered around concepts created from fighting games. I'm that big of a fighting game nerd.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:35:47 AM

I like the direction of down to earth, I have to use Batman again. Jack Nicholas gets his face cooked and it twists into a weird smile? Nah, but somebody cuts Heath Ledgers face into a smile and he goes kinda crazy? Yeah I can buy that.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:56:33 AM

MADpowerbomber-

Ur letting ur complection get to you a little, with all that experience and knowledge, Thats great and all, and I'll be the first to admit im not an expert, so ill listen to you. But Because I said Reptile became that way, was explaining the same thing you did by him being born that way.

My very clear point is that all the characters they just explained in the trailer is that they have a more clarified past now. Ok so you know a lot about the game, and there is a great deal of sotry to tell there. But im relating the trailer to the movies. The first two movies threw everyone in a tournament. This one has a back story and brings it down to earth! Fact or Fiction.

Qwarktast1c-

Same thing. I guess what I mean is even though some may be supernatural. They are putting a down to earth feel on it. The explanation of Reptile is a perfect example. And as well what they did with Baraka. They brought it down to earth! It works for me. So there ya go thats my feeling, and I'm sure you'll have something to say about it. So correct away!

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:04:16 PM

@ bigrailer19

let me start by saying this

whatever works for you is your own thing, and thats fine.

but you bring up an interesting point since your talking about the backstory.

why was everybody fighting in a huge tournament?
because they were trying to prevent shang tsung from conquering earthrealm in the name of outworld. it explains that in both of the movies and in pretty much all the games.

everything is explained in the games, and most of the time in the movies, you just gotta look & listen. the devil is in the details.


and you keep saying that its more down to earth. well thats partly true in that there are no supernatural races. but at the same time its not down to earth simply because of scorpion and sub zero (if sub zero does have freezing powers in this). changing the characters too much from their definition will possibly have negative effects.

look at the dragonball movie for example. yeah they included some classic characters (a lot of which are far from down to earth, much like in MK), but they changed them so much from the original in order to make it have that "real" feel to it.


i guess my point is, sure the first 2 films weren't down to earth, but were they even supposed to be?

sure they would've been better if it had some more trademark violence, yeah sure. plus the second one wouldn't have sucked as bad if it stayed true to the established story and not having tons of plot elements from the games mashed up into a single movie script.

but no, they were not supposed to, because they are based on fictional characters and places that have supernatural characteristics.

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ColTater
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 4:24:47 PM

Just make it all CGI with the quality like Advent Children along with superb voice acting casting, and you can have all the bloody fights and semi simulated "real world" goodness.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 6:38:44 PM

Qwark-

Your missing my point man, and I'm sorry.

I understand that there is details in the games and movies lol I watched and played them growing up. I understand the true back stories from the games.

What and all I'm saying is, they made these characters more relatable. When I say down to earth Im not meaning literally human, Im meaning more casual about the characters instead of bringing in outer realms. Reptile may not be from this realm in the game, but they took a step back with this trailer, made him more believeable to an audience by giving him some disease, infection or whatever. making him a serial killer, and relating the word "fatality", which is widely known from the games, to his murders. That brings it back down to earth to me. Same goes for Baraka they made his situation more down to earth, by him leading a normal life, in the beginning. It may not go along with the games point for point, which ill admit I hate in most games to movies. But after seeing the first two films, and them going a little awry, I welcome this new feel. It feels more down to earth!

Its hard for me to type exactly what I mean, for two reasons. One, you and madpowerbomber are nit picking at what I'm saying cus you guys know more about it, which ill gladly say. And 2 because I had a conversation bout it at work with a co-worker today and it was easily explained verbally.



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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 2:45:11 PM

<i>Ur letting ur complection get to you a little, with all that experience and knowledge</i>

I... don't know what that means.

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Caanimal
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 5:29:31 PM

World, hate to have to correct you but Joker's face wasn't really deformed in any way, not even in the comics. As for the original movie (which is by far the best IMO) the odd smile is from the mental issues the character incurs because of the botched plastic surgery, neither the surgery nor accident give him the smile though (once again Joker never had a deformed face until this latest movie), the accident basically just permamently bleached his face (thus the clown make-up in every rendition of the Joker)causing the mental snap the Joker experiences to create the super villian. The dipiction in the comics was more to show the character was off his rocker and not "normal" then because of any disfigurement. But if you want an "explanation" to the exagerate smile, the chemicals the criminal who becomes The Joker fell into had the same effect a face lift would have, but to the extreme, causing the sides of the mouth to be pulled back into a sinister smile.

The stuff they did to the Joker character in the new movie spits in the face of all the established lore that is out there, I doubt the new movies are even considered cannon to the comics and cartoons of the Batman Universe. The whole thing w/ the Joker was that he was messed up in the head, and only in the head, unlike Harvey "Two-Face" Dent.


Now, to the topic at hand, that video looks awesome, it definitely makes the whole MK world more "believable" and "real world" to those not familear with the history of the games/original movies. This movie might get more people interested in the games and be a significant boost to reboot the franchise. Personally from what I have seen the slight changes to the "history" of the revealed characters might be a good thing, something to make them a little more personable to the non-MK fan. That being said, my first impression was "WTF, Jacks??? Really???"

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CHAOS THEORY X
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:36:28 PM
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That...looks...EPIC!! but I hope its a movie. And if so, Scorpion as the "protagonist"? Sub-Zero is BADASS

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sunspider13
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:38:27 PM
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Just watched it and that was all sorts of awesome. When the original MK came out it, in my opinion, it was a homage to those old badly dubbed kung-fu flicks that I would watch after Saturday morning cartoons. MKII was even more brutal. Remember the fist time you saw Liu Kang's dragon fatality or the forest stage? Spent alot of quarters on that game.

MKIII was sort of a letdown (MKIII Trilogy for PS sort of made up for that) and the rest of the games that have come out since I haven't touched but I do still have a soft spot for the series.

The first movie was alright. The fight scenes were top notch. But the plot turned into 'save the damsel in distress' deal and that was a letdown. And don't get me started with the second movie. That was all B-movie cheese without the enjoyment factor.

That trailer with Micheal Jai White and Seven of Nine (couldn't resist) as Jax and Sonya respectively is something that I could live with.

@World
Scorpion, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero were the guys I used back in the day. God I feel old now.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:43:01 AM

it was worse than that! Haha, very few people seem to notice it at all, but Mortal Kombat -- the original one -- is a complete and total rip off of John Carpenter's "Big Trouble In Little China" with a little bit of Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon" thrown in for good measure (which is actually the father of fighting games, as a lot of the plots and scenerios revolve around a criminal mastermind having some kind of martial arts tournament). Raiden is a blatant rip-off of Lightning, one of the three storms, and Shang Tsung is a clone of David Lo Pan. There's also something to do with unbalancing the furies (something I've never been able to find anywhere in my research of asian beliefs and culture outside of Big Trouble in Little China) and other similar plots.

Heh, just some random information.

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:45:54 PM
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I am all for a reboot if it means more of this.

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webberfan
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 @ 11:54:06 PM
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Crazy coincidence. I just went on a mortal kombat frenzy the last few days on youtube and watched the first movie(liu kang vs reptile, ftw!). This is well timed. I'm pretty geeked up! Now make another Jurassic Park... 90's baby!!!!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:21:15 AM

I hope Liu Kang is in this one, hes a bad ass. I was kind of dissapointed to see Johnny Cage go that way IMO.

Last edited by bigrailer19 on 6/9/2010 12:22:25 AM

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:22:15 AM

Nice 1990s Dodge Viper avatar

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:20:30 AM
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That looked fricken sick. I'm very excited bout this. I grew up with MK on my console, and although i watched the movies, I wanted something more down to earth. This looks like it, and all the "finish him" and "fatality"
references fit perfect. This feels like a MK movie.

Last edited by bigrailer19 on 6/9/2010 12:22:34 AM

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 12:45:45 AM
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The Johnny Cage death in this video is a nod to the hat of Johnny's in-game storylines. Johnny died in Mortal Kombat II -- I think Kintaro killed him as Johnny is often credited with the defeat and killing of Goro, especially after the first MK movie -- and is resurrected in Mortal Kombat Trilogy, dies again in that game, and is resurrected again at its conclusion to reappear in Mortal Kombat 4.

Johnny's always dying and coming back to life in true superhero comic book fashion, and there's an in-game reference to it in either Deception or Armageddon.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:22:11 AM

Thanks for the explanation on JC. That part of the video had been a disappointment for me.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:46:27 AM

No problem! I'm a nerd for all this kinda stuff and have enough information and notes taken for research to write a book about fighting game storylines. Haha.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 3:26:31 PM

Just like South Park...
"Oh no, they killed Kenny"
(again & again & again)

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spiderboi
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:11:49 AM
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Poor Cage, always the patsy.

Subzero was my main on MK. Pretty weird though how he looks like.

And Barraca, why'd he whip out the blades at the end of the fight, not at the start? :p

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:26:17 AM

make the fatality more special i guess.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:58:03 AM

Yeah, he got it right. It's like pro-wrestling (pro-wrestling is nothing more than telling a story through physical action) much more than it is actual fighting. If all it takes for the Undertaker to win a match is a Tombstone Piledriver, why doesn't he just do it at the beginning of every match and get it over with? It doesn't tell a story. Heh...

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spiderboi
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 7:31:25 AM

@World and MPB--guess so. wonder why he didn't do his shadow kick..

Btw, frostface's comment below is right on. the action should be as fluid as Ong Bak and as hectic.

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King James
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 1:57:19 AM
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SICKING!!!!

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Xzer0
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:11:54 AM
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Update: Actress Jeri Ryan, the actress portraying Sonya Blade in the video, has confirmed via Twitter that this is a short film created by a director to sell Warner Bros. on his Mortal Kombat pitch. "It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film," Ryan says on her Twitter page, adding " I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was." Thanks to Zimnick for pointing us towards Jeri's updates! - That is update from Kotaku

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 2:39:15 AM

awesome, poor Jeri is getting old though.

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___________
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 3:21:07 AM
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ah lord please no!
WB dont waste your time and money on a MK movie, pool all that time and cash into making a decent MK game.
id love to see a sequel to shaolin monks i really enjoyed that game, by far the best in the series.
but allot of people missed the arcade style fighting of the series so i doubt they will do that, id say a new MK on the lines of deception is much more likely.

just give us a sequel to deception, same style gameplay and everything.
give us a reworked konquest mode, new puzzle mode, new chess mode, new crypt, and for the love of god bring back the chaining 3 fighting styles!!!
anyone here actually pull off sparky? now that was hard!!!!!!!!!!

o and for good measure bring back the test your sight and test your might minigames of MK deadly aliance, and bring back the falling fights of MK V DC universe.
that was actually a really good game, just a shame they made it rated m it could of been so much better with a MA rating!!!

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tridon
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 5:24:29 AM
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UNBELIEVABLE! This looks amazing. Sure, there's still things that could be improved (for one, NOT having my favourite MK character die this time around [Johnny Cage]) but still, I REALLY hope Warner picks this up. Excellent casting, too.

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frostface
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 6:18:40 AM
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That fight scene reminded me of Tony Jaa in Ong Bak, kicking ass without all the cgi and wires.
The real fight approach is awesome.

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Shams
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 5:06:17 PM

Same Brazilian dude, too, if I'm not mistaken. You know, the guy with the dreads doing Capoeira.

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Shadow2222
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:05:31 AM
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This is a new quote from that Kotaku link:

Update: Actress Jeri Ryan, the actress portraying Sonya Blade in the video, has confirmed via Twitter that this is a short film created by a director to sell Warner Bros. on his Mortal Kombat pitch. "It's not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film," Ryan says on her Twitter page, adding " I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB's reaction to it was." Thanks to Zimnick for pointing us towards Jeri's updates!

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OPHIDIAN
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:09:48 AM
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Nicely done whoever did it.

We liked, so now you make.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:06:09 AM
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The fighting is nice and all, but they took the characters and smashed them up against a wall and disfigured them, not that they weren't already. Baraka was bald and white, not black with dreadlocks. Reptile...his face is supposed to transform into a reptile face. The rest was alright, but they screwed stuff up. It's like the Dragon Ball movie, they messed up characters.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:05:42 AM

i like your comparison to the dragon ball movie

they seriously screwed up the story in that film!

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daus26
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 5:07:44 PM

Oh my goodness, the Dragonball film was a complete mess. The story doesn't come the slightest bit close to the original Anime.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:05:23 PM

When translating a story from one medium of storytelling to the next, it's essential to recognize that certain things won't translate that well to a broader audience. When film studios adapt movies from games, they're not worried about the few million folks who play the game and love it, or whatever, they see the vast ocean of individuals that this movie is going to be available to and they lean towards making a picture that will be entertaining to the majority of them. With that comes the necessity to make a more coherent version of the fiction -- at least in most cases -- that is self-inclusive and not dependent on the source material.

The footage here is a "reimagining" or a "recreation" of the original source material, and not a direct interpretation of that material. It's Seven Samurai to the Magnificent Seven sort of thing. Both are telling the same story, but in two drastically different ways.

Everything in this little picture hit the main plot points of Mortal Kombat right on the nose (the secret tournament, the brutal nature of some of the more outlandish characters, the involvement of some sort of government officials, and even the rivalry of two of the game's characters). It isn't in the details, but in the key points of the narrative that must be retold.

Fans of any given subject matter are too focused on the minute details of the subject to let down their defenses and enjoy the product that is meant to simply entertain us.

That's my thinking on it anyway. Heh.

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TEG3SH
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:37:11 AM
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This made me die a little bit inside in a good way that is, Awesome Awesome Job Plz make it either a movie or a series, both will work :)

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WolfCrimson
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 7:44:38 AM

How can you die inside a little, in a good way!? That don't make no sense.

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TEG3SH
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 1:08:09 PM

cause this movie was so gruesome and upper violent but I liked it so a bit of humanity inside me just died

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Underdog15
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:47:47 AM
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Aww.... turns out it's just a concept for a movie. Aw well, at least it was cool to see!

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daus26
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 5:08:15 PM
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I don't understand, so it was just made for fun?

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 2:47:20 PM

He made it as a pitch to Warner Bros. for another MK movie that he wants to direct. No word on Warner Bros. reaction to the footage, however.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 5:25:47 PM
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That was fu**in ACE. Too bad it will never get made or we will see anything like it.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 6/9/2010 6:03:50 PM

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Kai200X
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 1:48:58 AM
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Even though I've never play any Mortal Kombat games, but I did love the first movie, the second one? got a little silly. If this get to be make into a movie, should be a good one.

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