Earthrealm rejoice! Mortal Kombat 2 was greenlit! Which Mortal Kombat characters do you want in the Mortal Kombat 2 movie? Here are mine!
Hello friends and gamers,
My wife and I took a nice trip to the big screen for the release of Mortal Kombat in theaters. The end of the film hinted to potentially more upcoming movies in the same Mortal Kombat universe. [Updated] A few days ago, Mortal Kombat 2 was announced to be greenlit. I am really excited to put together a list of Mortal Kombat characters I want to see in Mortal Kombat 2 movie.
Familiar characters who have been portrayed in previous films are found in the Mortal Kombat (April 2021) movie. The universe in this edition had Liu Kang, Mileena, Raiden, and Shang Tsung. On the flip side, Nitara, Kung Lao, and General Reiko made their first film appearance. I was pleased to see nods to the character iterations by involving special moves they used in the video games. There were subtle references to the lore of the realms. Of course, the bloody action was killer. Fatalities were—how should I put this—fatal!
Baraka is the War Chief of the nomadic Tarkatan, a tribe of savage barbarian demon warriors. Tarkatans dutifully serve the most powerful and prolific fighters ruling Outworld. Many storylines have Baraka and his tribe allied with Shao Kahn’s forces. Shang Tsung mentions Shao Kahn in the movie. I also caught a glimpse of a statue in Shao Kahn’s likeness in Outworld.
Baraka appeared in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), but the character had no voice lines and very little screen time. Strangely, I have the same feelings about Baraka as I do about Darth Maul from Star Wars. Both are underrated characters on films. They have just as much potential to sit on the throne! I hope to see Baraka join Mortal Kombat 2 movie as a merciless war chief, as a more advanced character, and as a Mortal Kombat killing machine who commands an army.
2. Bo’ Rai Cho
Master of the drunken fist, Bo’ Rai Cho is a trainer of Earthrealm elites. His most notable disciples, Liu Kang and Kung Lao, defend against the threats of Outworld. Although Bo’ Rai Cho is native-born in Outworld, he serves as a major ally to Raiden and the Earthrealm protectors. Since he was born in Outworld, he chooses not to fight in the Mortal Kombat tournament. The ideals of he and Shao Kahn do not align.
I imagine Bo’ Rai Cho to be like the fusion between Bajie, from Into the Badlands, the Roman god, Bacchus, and Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom. The unpredictability of the drunken master is what makes him so dangerous. For special moves, he uses forms of flatulence, drunkenness, fire, belly flops, and seismic stomps. Bo’ Rai Cho is a fan favorite character in the Mortal Kombat series and hope to see his wizened face in the Mortal Kombat 2 movie. I’m sure many fans would love to see the drunken master spitting fatalities.
Ermac is a confusing character throughout the Mortal Kombat universe. To keep it simple, he is a collection of souls harvested from people who died during the wars of Outworld. Unfortunately, Ermac is usually controlled by Shadow Priests under Shao Kahn’s control. Using the powers of telekinesis, teleportation, and the ability to travel between realms, Ermac does whatever is required to help the realm of Outworld. His stature accompanies a legion vibe, referring to himself as “we” and “us” because of the many souls that reside within him.
A blind swordsman soon freed Ermac from Shao Kahn’s control, but Ermac still remained loyal to Outworld. As a thank you for freeing his mind control however, he taught the blind swordsman how to use the telekinetic slam. The blind swordsman I’m referring to leads me to the next character on the list.
4. Kenshi Takahashi
Think of Daredevil mixed with Professor X, and you probably have a solid image for Kenshi Takahashi. Shan Tsung was responsible for his blindness. Kenshi is a determined man and did not let the blindness stop him from achieving greatness. He wields a katana, contains powers of telekinesis and telepathy, and can sense life energies, even ones sealed inside objects. Raiden recruited Kenshi to fight for Earthrealm, and Kenshi is heavily involved with taking out the Red Dragon clan. He also works alongside Jax and Sonya who have intel with Special Forces. Kenshi’s and Ermac’s storylines are closely related in multiple iterations of the Mortal Kombat characters. It would be awesome to have both in the Mortal Kombat 2 movie. Shang Tsung is also responsible for both characters becoming who they are, so it would fit nicely into the MK sequel.
My favorite character on the list, D’Vorah. This female insectoid is the last surviving member of the Kytinn race, a species of insects that bond together into humanoid form. She allies with whoever is the ruler of Outworld in order to protect her birth place, The Hive. Her motivation stems from the pure necessity to keep her species alive. The Kytinn’s realm was conquered by Outworld. This ultimately forced D’Vorah to enlist her services to the emperor to avoid becoming a slave. She rose through the ranks, eventually becoming second-in-command to Outworld ruler, Kotal Khan.
I loved playing D’Vorah in Mortal Kombat X and watching the brand new character bring uniqueness into the series. She is so different compared to the typical ninja and martial arts fighters. Ad I am a sucker for unique and different. D’Vorah hit all the marks for me. Please, Mortal Kombat 2, put this amazing character in your movie.
He is known by many names: Son of Argus, half-brother of Taven and Daegon, Protector of Edenia, Edenian Traitor, and Edenian Prince. The demi-god, Rain, is always up to no good. Hailing as a prince from Edenia (same realm that Kitana, Jade, and Mileena are from), he betrays his realm and fights for Outworld. He is an elemental manipulator with water and lightning, able to cause massive thunderstorms in a flash by using his immense demi-god prowess. If that wasn’t powerful enough, he can makeshift weapons out of water, open portals to the water realm, liquify himself into water, cast down lightning, and he’s able to encase enemies in a large bubble that allows him to take control of their body for a brief period of time.
Seriously, after writing this down, why wouldn’t I want to see Rain in the MKU?
When discussing four-armed species in Mortal Kombat, none are as ruthless as the Shokan. When mentioning the Shokan, the top name that probably comes to your mind is Goro, and Goro did make an appearance in the Mortal Kombat film debut. I have to admit, I never really cared for Goro too much, but I do want to see Kintaro show up in a sequel. Kintaro hails from the Tigrar clan of the Shokan, so he’s like a version of Goro, but with sabretooth fangs, sharp claws, and other feline features. He possesses raw strength, agility, stamina, and (strangely) fire breath. Kintaro is physically stronger and bigger than Goro, and watching him fight Johnny Cage in a sequel would really test his might.