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Mortal Kombat director shares secrets from first trailer

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The Mortal Kombat Movie First Trailer The reboot features iconic characters from the blockbuster fighting game franchise competing against each other in live-action. The action-packed teaser is filled with all kinds of clues as to what’s to come for Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sonya Blade and the rest, so IGN interviewed director Simon McQuoid about all that was in store for the public. trivia, explains some notable differences between the film and the games, and explains how this Mortal Kombat movie lives up to its ultraviolet roots by putting its R rating to good use.

If you haven’t already, check out the Red Band trailer below:

A scary first impression

Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) demonstrates his icy powers. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The trailer opens with Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs (Mehcad Brooks) investigating a building with an oddly ice-covered interior, but any Mortal Kombat fan knows that means Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) is near. “It’s really the first time [Jax has] met Sub-Zero, ”McQuoid said of the scene. “So he starts to learn things about what this character and this creature can do.”

Jax is introduced to the blue clad ninja in a way he will never forget, as Sub-Zero uses his ice powers to effortlessly and impossiblely stop a shotgun blast fired into his face at close range. . McQuoid emphasized how important it is to present Mortal Kombat’s revered and well-known fighters in a way that leaves a strong impression on their character while demonstrating their unique abilities.

“[Sub-Zero] has no problem freezing the gun, he has full control, ”McQuoid said. “It was a complete setup to educate what Sub-Zero is doing here and show that he, literally in the face of danger, has no problem.

And then comes the first of many violent delights in the trailer: Sub-Zero sends a wave of ice at Jax’s arms, instantly causing them to freeze and shatter. Again, Mortal Kombat die-hards know that something bad will usually happen to Jax’s arms – in a take on his origin, they are damaged beyond repair by Prince Goro, while in another Ermac uses telekinesis to rip them off – all of this so that he can go up with his robotic arms, as we’ll see later in the trailer.

“In this film we had to lead a few characters and stories, and given that [Jax losing his arms] had been done in different ways in the past, we felt we had a little bit of license to do it again here, ”McQuoid said. “We really tried to be very honest and true to the gun where we can be, but every now and then we might deviate slightly where we felt it was okay to do so.

Sub-Zero is a character with a lot of history in the lore of Mortal Kombat. The mantle was held by two different brethren, each with their own agenda and moral alignment. McQuoid says the film’s version is based on the original Sub-Zero named Bi-Han, and given how we’ve seen him maim a ruthless hero, it won’t surprise you to learn he’s a mean. In fact, McQuoid described Sub-Zero as the movie’s key villain.

Add new blood

Cole Young (Lewis Tan) has an air of mystery about him.  (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Cole Young (Lewis Tan) has an air of mystery about him. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

While this new Mortal Kombat movie has plenty of familiar characters and story rhythms, even those who have been fans since the first video game debuted in 1992 and can name every colorful ninja from memory will have some surprises waiting for them. The film will feature an original character named Cole Young (Lewis Tan) who wears a mysterious dragon mark on his chest.

“We thought it was okay to bring in a new character given that Mortal Kombat has introduced new characters over the years,” McQuoid said. And he’s right – what started out as a seven-fighter lineup in Game 1 has grown into a roster of nearly 100, with new faces added with each episode.

Cole finds an ally in Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), and she educates Cole on what will become the film’s main conflict: the Mortal Kombat tournament, which a select group of human warriors must win to keep Earth from being invaded by the evil. Outworld forces.

McQuoid was low-key when it came to discussing Cole and the dragon symbol, preferring to keep the mystery alive until fans could watch the movie themselves, but he shared that Cole was an underground MMA fighter. before being drawn into the supernatural contest. Oddly enough, we watch Cole be surprised by a mirror vision of a fiery, yellow-clad warrior – we’ll learn why this character appears to him when we watch the movie, McQuoid promised.

Trained to kill

Scorpion prepares his signature weapon.  (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) prepares his signature weapon. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

This yellow clad warrior is of course Scorpion, by far the most popular Mortal Kombat fighter, played by Hiroyuki Sanada in the movie. McQuoid explained how Scorpion is traditionally portrayed as a stylish ninja, but for the film, they turned to Japanese history to inspire a new look.

“Hiroyuki Sanada was really incredibly helpful in getting the story of Japan across on this character,” McQuoid said. “We really wanted to be very true to his heritage and make it very authentic. That’s really why he was born with that samurai touch on it. Obviously, there have been many, many versions of the Scorpion costume and how it looks, but out of authenticity this version of Scorpion was born that felt real, but also very powerful.

Making such a bold change in the appearance of a beloved character hasn’t been done without careful thought. Bringing Scorpion and the other Mortal Kombat fighters to life in an authentic way challenged McQuoid and his team to find practical purpose in every element of their design.

“The costumes needed a lot of detail, they needed a lot of texture and layering, so they felt they had a purpose rather than just being a costume,” said McQuoid. “[Scorpion’s costume] needed to have the armor plated with the details in it and had a sort of dignity and elegance about it, which matched her character from the start.

A rivalry of ice and fire

Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) prepares for battle.  (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) prepares for battle. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

The rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero is one of the most enduring and iconic of all video games, and it will be a key part of the new film. The film begins by showing how the rivalry began, with Hanzo Hasashi (the man who becomes Scorpion) defending his village of Shirai Ryu against an attack from the Bi-Han clan, the Lin Kuei.

“It’s really about seeing [Scorpion’s] evolution on the screen and the ingredients, both emotional and physical as to why he becomes Scorpio. And this is explained through the opening of our film. And it’s a pretty brutal and nasty fight, ”McQuoid teased.

The trailer shows how a moment of improvisation during this fierce battle leads to the creation of Scorpion’s signature ‘spear’ weapon, made from a kunai tied to a rope.

“We did a bit of research into what a kunai actually is, and it was originally, not exclusively, but it was often used as a gardening tool in the 14th century in Japan,” McQuoid explained. “That is why [Scorpion] has the kunai at the end of that rope, because that’s all he has at the time. You’ll see how he adapts and turns that rope and gardening tool into a pretty deadly weapon that really gets the job done.

When it came to representing the abilities of Scorpion and Sub-Zero, McQuoid wanted to emphasize their elemental nature, showing a battle of fire against ice.

“I wanted it to feel real and I wanted to feel very basic, not stupid or too bright. There always has to be a bastard about it, so it feels totally real and believable, ”McQuoid said, pointing to the photo of Sub-Zero slowly creating a raw ice dagger.

Even when the fighters weren’t using their powers, it was important to McQuoid that the characters evoke a strong physical presence.

“Joe Taslim did an incredible job [as Sub-Zero.] He represented Indonesia for judo so the guy is an athlete and he shows it, and the presence he brought to that character was just amazing, ”praised McQuoid. “And [Scorpion actor] Hiroyuki Sanada is a very, very gifted swordsman and athlete in his own way. The physics between these two guys were quite extraordinary to watch. Just years and years of experience and the ability to do these moves were kind of all baked into them. … that level of brutality and physicality is what I wanted to bring to the movie, and these guys certainly delivered.

Fan service and deaths

Kano wins.  (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Kano (Josh Lawson) wins! (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Mortal Kombat games are known for their exaggerated violence and brutal beatings as much as for their sense of humor and signature phrases.

No character seen in the trailer seems to embody all of these elements more than Kano, played by Josh Lawson. Kano is shown performing his iconic fatality by viciously ripping out his foe’s still beating heart and happily declaring, “Kano wins!”

“Fatalities were always present from the start, no one ever asked a question. There was no resistance from the studio. They wanted them, I wanted them, ”McQuoid said. “There is a fatality of Kano, he ripped out someone’s heart. But what was important to me was that even when the dead came, we couldn’t just do fatality and it didn’t mean anything. … It actually becomes an important ingredient in the pace of the action scene.

Well, consider that one hell of an exclamation point on the first Mortal Kombat trailer. Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters and on HBO Max on April 16 in the US.

Want even more of the new Mortal Kombat movie? here is your Exclusive first look at the Mortal Kombat movie poster with Sub-Zero and Scorpion.
Joshua is an editor and feature film producer at IGN. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Star Wars are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow it on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.


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