Mortal Kombat movie trailer brings blood, action, and fatalities

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for Mortal Kombat.

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Though quality film adaptations of beloved video games have been few and far between. The 90s Mortal Kombat movie is one that’s stuck with audiences throughout the year. That said, you can imagine the excitement at the news that Warner Bros. would be bringing the film franchise back with a new movie this year. With an April release just around the corner, Warner Bros. has released a new restricted trailer for Mortal Kombat.

The new red band trailer for Mortal Kombat was posted to the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channel and gives us our first major look at the film. In the trailer, we see a slew of iconic Mortal Kombat characters. From Sub-Zero to Scorpion, Jax, Sonya Blade, and many more, this trailer is full of the characters that fans adore.

We also get to see some of the action sequences, as the Mortal Kombat trailer goes heavy on violence and gore. From Sub-Zero stabbing an opponent with an icicle made of their own blood to Scorpion delivering his iconic “get over here!,” there’s a lot going on in this preview. The trailer also features a brand new character, Cole, who hasn’t appeared in any of the games. With a birthmark that bears the dragon symbol, Cole finds himself thrust into the affairs of these super-powered beings.

The Mortal Kombat film is set to release on April 16 in theaters and on HBO Max. If you want to talk more movies with us, consider stopping by the next episode of Pop! Goes the Culture!, our movie and television discussion show.

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    February 18, 2021 10:30 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Mortal Kombat movie trailer brings blood, action, and fatalities

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      February 18, 2021 6:40 AM

      Mortal Kombat movie trailer leaked early, in Russian.

      https://streamable.com/222dpw

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        February 18, 2021 6:54 AM

        Ok that looks pretty fucking awesome.

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        February 18, 2021 7:19 AM

        I’ll watch it!

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        February 18, 2021 7:23 AM

        Wow and that's coming out so soon. Looks fun!

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        February 18, 2021 7:37 AM

        I dident even know they were making a new mk movie and I couldent understand a word of that trailer.. but im definitely going to watch that

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        February 18, 2021 7:44 AM

        Nice

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        February 18, 2021 7:46 AM

        FUCKING AWESOME! I even had a dream last night that I was watching it, but in my dream it wasn't nearly this cool. I'm so pumped!

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        February 18, 2021 8:27 AM

        Hmm, I didn’t hear the theme song :(

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          February 18, 2021 8:33 AM

          As much as I love it, it doesn't suit it anymore, series need to grow a bit

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          February 18, 2021 9:41 AM

          Isn’t it a variation of the original movie theme at the end of the trailer?

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            February 18, 2021 9:43 AM

            Nvm I’m late to the party, answered below.

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        February 18, 2021 8:29 AM

        I watched this and then refreshed my feed and saw the English one.

        https://youtu.be/J983DiVbZ9k

        Looks like it was filmed on an iphone, first time director, first time writing team, 5/5 will eat an edible and watch with friends.

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        February 18, 2021 8:39 AM

        https://youtu.be/J983DiVbZ9k

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        February 18, 2021 8:40 AM

        looks dumb, but lol blood knife

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        February 18, 2021 8:43 AM

        Looking good but where's Johnny Cage??

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        February 18, 2021 8:45 AM

        That looks like the perfect level of stupid and ultra violence.... I'm in!

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        February 18, 2021 8:52 AM

        WHERE THE FUCK IS THE THEME SONG?!

        also this looks hilariously bad and I'm down for that

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          February 18, 2021 8:57 AM

          The original was pretty bad, and yet pretty awesome at the same time. Johnny Cage vs Scorpion was so good.

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            February 18, 2021 9:52 AM

            The original was only good if you saw it when your brain was like 11-18 years old haha

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              February 18, 2021 9:55 AM

              Duh. I was like 13 or 14.

              It’s definitely terrible. But yet oh so good. Lol

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                February 18, 2021 10:07 AM

                Yeah I watched it last year and it's so bad it's good. It does so much dumb stuff that works given the universe. And that theme song!!

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          February 18, 2021 9:23 AM

          It's in the title sequence at the end. Not the original song but the same melody.

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            February 18, 2021 9:28 AM

            That did not have nearly the same energy.

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              February 18, 2021 9:47 AM

              This movie doesn't look to be striking the same tone of the first.

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                February 18, 2021 9:51 AM

                In fact I'm happy/surprised they had any variation of it at all....

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                  February 18, 2021 9:55 AM

                  Also it is amusing to me that after all this time that that theme has basically been the defacto MK theme since.

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                    February 18, 2021 1:31 PM

                    As far as I'm concerned, that theme is mandatory. It's one of the most iconic pieces of music in video games.

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              February 18, 2021 10:05 AM

              It's a thing in movie trailers now to have a revision of some classic song in a somber, choirboy tone thing happening.

              Someone pointed out it's a missed opportunity to not have the Cruella trailer have a somber piano version of "Who let the dogs out"

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        February 18, 2021 8:54 AM

        Official Red Band link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYH2sLid0Zc

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        February 18, 2021 9:38 AM

        It looks okay. I don't understand who the main character is, though. That doesn't seem like Johnny Cage.

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          February 18, 2021 9:51 AM

          He's completely made up for this movie. In a franchise with a 100 characters they felt it necessary to make a new one up for the lead 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

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            February 18, 2021 9:53 AM

            Yeah they kept calling him Cole and I'm like "Who the fuck is Cole?"

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              February 18, 2021 11:31 AM

              Hmm... reading reddit, Cole is possibly Scorpion or Sub Zero and doesn’t know it or forgot or something... could be somewhat interesting. I was thinking that if they’re going to do their own thing Scorpion and Sub Zero should be part of the focus since their story is such a focal point in the entire MK series

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                February 18, 2021 11:31 AM

                The trailer makes it look obvious who Scorpion is but yeah, there is definitely some fuckery going around.

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          February 18, 2021 10:18 AM

          The Director did a commentary video for the trailer and explains some of that along with some other stuff, pretty interesting to watch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy-j4z4n1H8

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            February 18, 2021 10:59 AM

            The director said Ermac so at least he knows his shit. I'm happy about that.

            Is this a series or a movie?

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              February 18, 2021 11:01 AM

              Movie.

              Even casual fans should probably know who Ermac is.

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                February 18, 2021 11:04 AM

                Like I consider myself a fairly hardcore MK fan but between numbers 5 through 8 I doubt I could name very many MK characters that aren’t also in 9-11.

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                  February 18, 2021 11:43 AM

                  I think this could work out as a limited run series. I'll check out for sure though.

                  It's impossible for it to be worse than the first MK movie we had. Speaking of that - my high school gym teacher was married to the girl who played Sonja Blade in the first movie. They dipped out once she signed on for the movie.

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              February 18, 2021 1:08 PM

              Listening to the director talk in this IGN video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy-j4z4n1H8

              Yeah... he seems to at least love the series and gets it more or less so I'm actually feeling a little more hyped now than I initially was and he makes a good enough point about introducing a new character if he is in fact even a "new" character...

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                February 18, 2021 1:36 PM

                They've basically introduced DLC in movie form. Hah. I'll check out that video in a bit. I liked the director commentary up above.

                It is a video game movie so I don't expect oscar worthy performances but it could turn out to be an okay story with some great fight scenes and that's good enough for me.

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                  February 18, 2021 2:07 PM

                  Oh it may be the same video :p

                  Yeah as far as MK is concerned the bar is pretty low when it comes to dialogue and acting, I'm in it for the characters, fight scenes and fatalities.
                  Speaking of dlc the latest mk11 DLC is really really good

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                    February 18, 2021 6:23 PM

                    I really want to play it but the size is way too big and I'm not really a fan of using a console controller to play games like that.

                    It's almost like if you play a flight sim you kinda want a stick to play with. I'd love to get my hands on an old fighting stick. I had one briefly for Street Fighter V but I had to get rid of it.

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        February 18, 2021 9:47 AM

        McNulty meh dot gif

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        February 18, 2021 9:50 AM

        blood and naughty words ✔


        As an MK fan I'm in but since hearing about what the director had envisioned from the start my hype has been low.

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        February 18, 2021 9:51 AM

        My 90s MK geek brain is into it. Could be fun. I'd spend 120 minutes on it.

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        February 18, 2021 9:58 AM

        Hiroyuki Sanada, sold. Looks like dumb fun.

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        February 18, 2021 9:59 AM

        Excellent. The characters and tone look great.

        Let us all reflect on the greatness of the first

        https://youtu.be/etPqpacKbsc

        And the horror of its sequel

        https://youtu.be/4YeIPR7ay1E

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        February 18, 2021 10:00 AM

        BALLS This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by the content owner.

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        February 18, 2021 11:21 AM

        It looks OK. I would have preferred this one be made in to a full movie, but eh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30MqmWq7rHM

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        February 18, 2021 11:41 AM

        I'm 100% in!

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        February 18, 2021 12:19 PM

        lol at the Arnold-channeling with "GET OVA HE-YAH'

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        February 18, 2021 12:42 PM

        Would totally watch this.

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      February 18, 2021 1:10 PM

      totally giving this a chance, I've always enjoyed the MK universe, as wacked out as it is

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      February 18, 2021 6:18 PM

      Alriiiight after soaking in fanboy theories and watching trailer breakdowns and hearing the director actually sound like a big fan of the franchise I am feeling pretty hyped now. I am legit looking forward to this.

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