There are only a few rare franchises in Hollywood that can keep churning out new products- films, series, games, comic books, etc- and the audience never tires of them like the ever-popular Mortal Kombat franchise. One of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, it began in 1992 with the first-ever video game in the franchise, which quickly led to more action-adventure games, comic books, novels, as well as live-action and animated cinematic adaptations. And now, after adding the Mortal Kombat reboot that released earlier in 2021 to the ever-growing list, a new sequel to 2020’s Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge has been announced.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel, titled Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, will bring most of the crew and cast from the previous film. Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter are both returning to voice Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade in the film. Though no details have been released about its story, it will probably pick up where Scorpion’s Revenge ended– the Earthrealm’s champions returned home victorious unaware that Shao Kahn has ordered Shang Tsung to get ready to invade Earth.
Other actors from Scorpion’s Revenge returning to voice their respective characters are Jordan Rodrigues as Liu Kang, Robin Atkin Downes as Shinnok and Reiko, Dave B. Mitchell as Raiden, Kintaro and Sektor, Ikè Amadi as Jax Briggs and One Being, Grey Griffin as Kitana, Satoshi Hasashi and Mileena, Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Hanzo Hasashi, Artt Butler as Shang Tsung and Cyrax, while Fred Tatasciore will reprise his role of Shao Kahn.
The voice cast of Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms will also see a number of new characters as well as previously introduced characters voiced by other actors. It includes Kung Lao (voiced by Matt Yang King, Stryker (Matthew Mercer), Smoke (Matthew Mercer), Sub-Zero (Bayardo De Murguia), Lin Kuai Grandmaster (Paul Nakauchi), D’Vorah (Debra Wilson), and Jade (Emily O’Brien).
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2021 (which means pretty soon), will be directed by Ethan Spaulding based on a screenplay by Jeremy Adams. Rick Morales and Jim Krieg are on board as producers, while Sam Register is the film’s executive producer Sam Register.
As for any news on the live-action adaptation front of the franchise, while there have been rumors, there hasn’t been any official confirmation that a sequel to 2021’s Mortal Kombat is in development. But it remains a strong possibility as even though the reboot received mixed reactions from critics who pegged it as a film that will only be enjoyed by fans of the games, it was a commercial success and a streaming hit for HBO Max.
Joe Taslim, who played Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat reboot, has also shared that he has signed on for four sequels to the film if it’s successful. Even Simon McQuaid has confirmed back in April that he is open to returning for directing a sequel if the story is right. Interestingly, he also said that he would be able to confirm a sequel in June or July this year. Well, we are finally here and our Spidey senses say that we will be soon getting an official confirmation.