The Mortal Kombat release has been delayed. Although the gore-fest film was due to be released in theatres and HBO Max on April 16, it has now been pushed back without any news on why, according to Comicbook. Fans won't have to wait long though, as the release date for both theatres and HBO is now going to be April 23 2021 - a week later.
It's certainly unusual for a film release to be pushed back just a week when we're so close to seeing it. The Mortal Kombat film has, so far, been a hit with fans from the trailers that we've seen. It looks just as gruesome as the games and has to be almost ready for the original release date, so it's strange for it to be put on hold for such a short period. This might be because of some really last-minute production changes, or perhaps it's an effort to catch the wave of movie theatres reopening to make sure the film is profitable. Without any official comments, we're not going to know the true cause.
Well, although it's a little annoying to have to wait longer to see the film, that doesn't make the trailers any less awesome than we've already seen. We already know just how brutal the film is going to be - the team making the movie had to tone down the violence just so it could get released. And that's apparently exactly what the fans want to hear.
The producer of Mortal Kombat cried when he received such a hugely positive response from fans. After the disappointment of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation over twenty years ago, the MK universe has lacked a proper cinema presence, and it looks like the upcoming film could be the fighting flick of their dreams. And if it goes well enough, it sounds like an MK cinematic universe could be on the cards.
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