My wife and I took a nice trip to the big screen this weekend for the release of Mortal Kombat in theaters. I usually stay away from movie trailers before […]
My wife and I took a nice trip to the big screen this weekend for the release of Mortal Kombat in theaters. I usually stay away from movie trailers before watching a movie because usually the whole plot is told through narration in trailers. So the only part of the film I knew about was that it delved into the Sub-Zero and Scorpion rivalry.
Familiar characters that have been portrayed in previous films are found here, such as 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 used in the video games, subtle references to the lore of the realms, and of course, the bloody action. Fatalities were—how should I put this—fatal!
The end of the film hints to potentially more upcoming movies in the same Mortal Kombat universe, so these are 7 Mortal Kombat Kharacters I want to see in the potential movie series:
Baraka is the War Chief of the nomadic Tarkatan, a tribe of savage barbarian demon warriors, who dutifully serve the most powerful and prolific fighters ruling Outworld. Shao Kahn is typically the ruler of Outworld, so many storylines have Baraka and his tribe allied with Shao Kahn’s forces. Shang Tsung mentions Shao Kahn in the movie and I 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 that have just as much potential to sit on the throne! I hope to see Baraka join the next installment as a merciless war chief, as a more difficult adversary, and as a character that commands an army.
2. Bo’ Rai Cho
Master of the drunken fist, Bo’ Rai Cho is a trainer of Earthrealm elites, namely Liu Kang and Kung Lao, to 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 because his ideals do not align with Shao Kahn.
I imagine Bo’ Rai Cho to be like the fusion between Bajie in 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 in the MK game series, and I’m sure many fans would love to see the drunken master spitting fatalities on the big screen.
Ermac is a confusing character throughout the MK universe, but to keep it simple, he is a collection of souls harvested from people who died during the wars of Outworld, and 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 alongside Jax and Sonya in the Special Forces. Kenshi’s and Ermac’s storylines are closely related in multiple iterations of the characters, so it would be awesome to have both in the movie series. Shang Tsung is also responsible for both characters becoming who they are, so it would fit nicely into the next MK sequel.
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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, and her motivation stems from the pure necessity to keep her species alive. The Kytinn’s realm was conquered by Outworld so D’Vorah enlisted 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, and I am a sucker for unique and different. D’Vorah hit all the marks for me and I really hope to see all of her abilities fleshed out in a movie series.
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.
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