New Line Cinema shares a new synopsis for the Mortal Kombat movie

Get ready for a fight

Last week, we finally got a look at the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie. New stills were shared, along with some details from the film's director. Today we get even more tidbits, as New Line Cinema has put out the official synopsis for the film. You can read the full rundown below.

From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure “Mortal Kombat,” inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring” universe films, “Aquaman,”), Todd Garner (“Into the Storm,” “Tag”), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (“Men in Black: International,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).

In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes Lewis Tan (“Deadpool 2,” Netflix’s “Wu Assassins”) as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee (“The Meg”) as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (“Bombshell”) as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (“Midway”) as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV’s “Supergirl”) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (“Aquaman”) as Liu Kang; with Chin Han (“Skyscraper”) as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (“Star Trek Beyond”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (“Skyscraper”) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young.

McQuoid directed from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (“Wonder Woman 1984”), from a story by Oren Uziel (“Mortal Kombat: Rebirth”) and Russo, based on the videogame created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Jeremy Stein and Larry Kasanoff served as executive producers.

Bringing the hugely popular property to the big screen, McQuoid led a team of Australian and U.S. filmmakers, including director of photography Germain McMicking (“True Detective,” “Top of the Lake: China Girl”), production designer Naaman Marshall (“Underwater,” “Servant”), editors Dan Lebental (“Spider-Man: Far From Home”) and Scott Gray (“Top of the Lake,” “Daffodils”), visual effect supervisor Chris Godfrey (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and costume designer Cappi Ireland (“Lion,” “The Rover”). The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Blade Runner 2049,” the “IT” films).

New Line Cinema Presents an Atomic Monster/Broken Road Production, “Mortal Kombat.” The film is set for release nationwide on April 16, 2021 in theaters and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

First stills released for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, plus plot details and more

Please be good

All we've had to go on with the Mortal Kombat movie is behind-the-scenes pics and a logo. Finally that changes, as Entertainment Weekly has a new feature on the film, and it includes a number of pictures straight from the R-rated adaptation. You can check out all the pictures here.

Along with that, the article includes some new details on the film. You can read a recap of that info below.

- the kunai blade, the weapon of Scorpion, is important to the film
- the kunai is actually an ancient Japanese gardening tool, and early in the movie you'll see Scorpion's wife use it as one
- the story focues on the blood feud between the clans of Scorpion and Sub-Zero
- the 10-minute opening sequence kicks off in feudal Japan, long before Scorpion and Sub-Zero join the tournament
- Scorpion is the leader of a ninja clan, but is also a peaceful family man
- new character Cole Young is a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion
- Cole knows nothing of his heritage aside from the birthmark on his chest that's in the shape of the Mortal Kombat symbol
- Shang Tsung sends Sub-Zero to hunt Cole down
- Jax is a special forces major who bears the same mark as Cole
- Jax tells Cole to seek out Sonya Blade, who then takes him to meet Raiden
- Raiden grants sanctuary at his temple to anyone who has the mark Cole has
- Cole will meet Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kano at the temple
- Mileena will also make an appearance
- the film will have Fatalities, including some of the iconic ones from the series

Ed Boon doesn't get why fans want him to be a playable character in Mortal Kombat

Get out of here!

Mortal Kombat is an extremely long-running franchise that has seen an extremely varied cast of characters over the years. Everyone from normal humans, fantastic creatures, and even cameos from cinema and other mediums have made the cut. That said, there's one character you'll likely never see join the game.

Ed Boon is the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, working on the franchise since day one. Even though there have been eleven installments so far, not counting spin-offs, we've never seen Ed Boon himself join the roster. In an interview with FestiGame, Boon squashes any hopes for that happening down the road.

"I think it would be when they asked 'Why don't you put Ed Boon as a fighter in the game?' I never understood why they would ask that. That's such a strange question. And I don't think that's ever going to happen either. I don't want people coming up with ways to cut my head off."

LEGO CITY Undercover removed from the 3DS and Wii U eShops

Hate to see you LEGO

Just a few weeks back, we shared news of LEGO City: Undercover (Wii U) and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS) being removed from their respective eShops in Japan. Looks like that was a hint of what's to come, as the same two titles have now been removed from eShops outside of Japan as well. That leaves just the Switch version of LEGO City Undercover up for grabs.

ESRB rating for Switch version of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes pops up

That's some Marvelous news!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 made its way to Switch, but the original never did. That game has remained on Wii U up to this point, but it looks like a Switch port might be in the works.

The ESRB has just added a listing for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on Switch to their site. Neither publisher or developer have mentioned any possibilities of this port, so it looks like the ESRB may have jumped the gun on this one. While we wait for official confirmation, you can check out a quick recap on the game below.

LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes features an original story crossing the entire Marvel Universe. Players take control of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine and many more Marvel characters as they unite to stop Loki and a host of other Marvel villains from assembling a super-weapon capable of destroying the world.

G Fuel reveals two Mortal Kombat-inspired flavors

Blood and Guts, of course

In a rather odd tie-up, G Fuel and Warner Bros. have announced two Mortal Kombat-inspired flavors joining the G Fuel lineup. Fans can enjoy Scorpion Sting and Ice Shatter flavors, which hopefully taste nothing like anything you'd find in the Mortal Kombat universe. There's also some special bundles for these flavors being offered as well. You can get full details in the blurb below.

"We're honored to team up with Warner Bros. and be a part of the epic 28-year Mortal Kombat franchise that wrote the playbook on fighting games," said G FUEL Founder and CEO, Cliff Morgan. "G FUEL Scorpion Sting and Ice Shatter pay homage to these iconic special moves. We can't wait for our fans to fuel their 'Kombat' with these new game-changing flavors."

G FUEL Scorpion Sting and Ice Shatter will be available to buy for U.S. customers in powdered form in 40-serving tubs and limited-edition collectors boxes, which include one 40-serving tub and one 16 oz shaker cup, at GFUEL.com on January 13th, 2021. Both new flavors will also be available for sale to customers in the U.S. in 16 oz cans on G FUEL's website on February 10th and in select stores throughout the country in mid-February. The G FUEL Scorpion Sting and Ice Shatter tub energy formula is sugar-free and loaded with antioxidants from 18 different fruit extracts. A single serving has only 15 calories and contains 140 mg of caffeine. A single 16 oz can of G FUEL Scorpion Sting and Ice Shatter has zero calories and contains 300 mg of caffeine. Both the tub and can energy formulas contain proprietary energy and focus-enhancing complexes.

Mortal Kombat movie launches April 16th, 2021

Get over here in the new year!

It took quite some time, but we finally have a release date for the Mortal Kombat movie. Producer Todd Garner has confirmed that the film will launch on April 16th, 2021. Once again, that includes a theatrical release and a streaming release on HBO Max the same day.

Wondering when we're going to see a trailer? Garner said we can expect a first glimpse at the film sometime in the near year.

Mortal Kombat 2-Film Collection SteelBook due out Jan. 26th, 2021

Gotta love the klassics

Are you a fan of the original Mortal Kombat movies? If so, you've got something to look forward to early next year.

A Mortal Kombat 2-Film Collection Steelbook is due out Jan. 26th, 2021, and it's priced at just $17. This package includes both the original Mortal Kombat, along with the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. You can grab a pre-order for this package here.

News on the Mortal Kombat movie coming later today

Info inkoming

Just a few days back, we learned that the Mortal Kombat movie is going to see release in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day. We just don't know when that day is. Perhaps that news will come tomorrow.

The producer on the Mortal Kombat movie has taken to Twitter to reveal that information on the film is coming at some point today. No hints at what it is, so it could be a teaser trailer, release date, or something else altogether. No matter what, it'll be nice to finally get some new details.

Daniel Nelson to play Kabal in the Mortal Kombat movie

Slicing and dicing the big screen

The Mortal Kombat movie is going to debut on both HBO Max and in movie theaters sometime later this year, and while we're yet to see a trailer, we are learning more about the cast.

We now know that Daniel Nelson is going to be playing the role of Kabal. Nelson is a notable stuntman in Hollywood, having performed work in Godzilla vs. Kong, Danger Close, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It's likely Kabal will be wearing a mask in the movie and won't be speaking much, which makes a stuntman quite a sensible pick.