Karl Urban is officially set to make his debut as Johnny Cage in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 2. A new behind-the-scenes photo gives fans their first look at the iconic character.
The decision to exclude Johnny Cage from the first Mortal Kombat movie perplexed fans across the world, with many viewing the character as the true face of the franchise. Luckily, it seems the sequel is fixing this problem, with Karl Urban playing the iconic hero of Earthrealm. A new BTS photo gives fans a sneak peek at the game-accurate costume he’ll be wearing in the film.
While certainly not the most substantial teaser, the BTS photo seems to suggest the sequel will be taking notes from Johnny Cage’s Mortal Kombat 11 iteration, complete with the iconic belt buckle paired with jeans. This should give hope to fans worried about Karl Urban’s casting as the mouthy ninja mime, as it’s clear the actor will have the look locked down!
The history of the Mortal Kombat series
The original Mortal Kombat movie, released in 1995, was a surprise hit and went on to become a cult classic. The 2021 reboot was similarly successful, grossing over $83 million worldwide despite being released during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mortal Kombat franchise has been a mainstay of the video game industry since the release of the first game in 1992. The series has spawned multiple sequels, spin-offs and adaptations over the years, with each new entry introducing new characters, gameplay mechanics and storylines.
Fans of the Mortal Kombat series can look forward to the return of director Simon McQuoid for the upcoming sequel. Jeremy Slater, who wrote the 2019 Netflix series The Umbrella Academy and is also working on the new DC Universe with James Gunn, has been tapped to write the screenplay.
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