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The suited and rebooted Mortal Kombat movie hasn't even come out yet, but there are apparently a further four movies in the pipes if this one does the business at the box office.
Well now, let's just hold our horses please, Warner Bros. we haven't seen the first one! At least, not in its entirety - aside from the trailers and featurettes, the first seven minutes of the movie have been released and let me tell you, they are not for the faint hearted. Seriously. A dude gets stabbed in the top of the head. Nasty stuff.
Warner Bros. have clearly never heard about putting all their eggs in one basket, but it does seem that they're quietly confident Simon McQuoid's big screen beat 'em up could be the foundation for a brand new cinematic universe starring a roster of our favourite fatality friends. In fact, producer Todd Garner specifically said he'd love to see just that. In a recent interview with GAMINGbible, Garner discussed the omission of fan favourite Johnny Cage, and what that might mean for the future of the brand.
"We have great plans for Johnny Cage," Garner said. "He's not somebody that you can just throw into an ensemble movie and expect him to shine. So we have big plans for him coming up." In a separate interview with Eurogamer, Garner expanded on this saying he'd "love to see" both movies and tv series' based on Mortal Kombat's expansive lore. Now, it seems like that wish might be coming true.
In a talk with Variety, Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim stated that he has indeed been signed on for four (count 'em, four) more movies as the frosty baddie, saying "If this one's successful, maybe we do more."
There's also the first wave of reviews to come out which paint the movie as a mixed bag. Some critics love it and others describe it as taking itself far too seriously. We'll know more when the movie does finally release this week on HBO Max.