The trailer for Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge is out, and it’s looking pretty good. The story seems to cover the first Mortal Kombat game, but with more emphasis on Scorpion’s story; specifically, his death and quest for revenge against the first Sub-Zero. Best of all, the movie is going to be R-rated, which every single one of them should have been.
With the consistent quality and success of the DC Comics animation department, I’m surprised it took them so long to get to making a Mortal Kombat animated movie. Both are Warner Brothers properties, and poor MK hasn’t had any good adaptation since 1995. And, judging by the trailer they released yesterday, it seems like the franchise is getting some proper love after twenty-five years. Plus, if the movie ends up selling well, I bet you anything that it’ll kick off a whole series of sequels and prequels.
Now, to be perfectly fair, I’m not a huge fan of this style of animation. Also, the story that the movie tells is just the first Mortal Kombat, but presumably with a stronger accent on Scorpion’s story. We’ll see his death and subsequent revenge taken on the original Sub-Zero, Bi-Han. My gripe with this is that we’ve seen this over and over again so many times. However, to newer fans, and older fans that don’t mind seeing the same story told through a different medium, I think this could be a real treat.
But, arguably the most important aspect of the movie is that it’s R-rated. Thank heavens for that. As far as I know, this is the first feature-length Mortal Kombat movie that won’t have the violence toned down. Not that we get to see anything explicit in the trailer, but still. Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge is coming out in the spring of 2020. It’ll be available both in digital and physical, Blu-ray format.