New shots and details of the Mortal Kombat movie reboot that is 'definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating' (Updated)

Mortal Kombat film reboot logo.
(Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Update: As many have pointed out, the older Mortal Kombat movies did feature fatality moves. Presumably the hype interviews for this movie over-reached in trying to emphasise that their fatalities would be.... more fatal somehow?

Original: The Mortal Kombat reboot movie is due for release April 16 this year, and Entertainment Weekly has the first shots of the film alongside a bunch of plot details. If you're surprised that this particular franchise has reached a point where directors talk solemnly about the lore and gore, you're not alone. "Blood represents a connection," says director Simon McQuoid. "Blood represents who we are. Without getting too overcomplicated, what we did is use blood executionally."

Got it. The movie begins with a fight between Hanzo Hasashi (played by Logan actor Hiroyuki Sanada) and Bi-Han (Warrior's Joe Taslim), who will respectively become Scorpion and Sub-Zero. "[Hanzo's] the leader of a ninja clan and he's strong, but also… at the beginning, he's a peaceful family man," says actor Sanada. "It is like a family drama with excitingly brutal fighting. That's the image of this movie for me."

There's a fairly detailed rundown of the plot in Entertainment's piece, should you wish to know what motivates Jax, a man with two giant metal arms, but suffice to say the roster also includes: Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Raiden, Shang Tsung, and Sonya Blade. Best of all there's a new character, Cole Young, who knows nothing of his heritage beyond, and I'm not making this up, a birthmark on his chest that is the Mortal Kombat symbol.

Liu Kang and Shung Lao in the MK reboot.

(Image credit: New Line Cinema / Warner Bros.)

Joking aside I will watch this movie at some point, and probably greatly enjoy it. One interesting element here is that the movie will feature fatalities. These have apparently never, and I can't quite believe this, been featured in a Mortal Kombat movie before.

"There are some crazy fatalities," says actor Lewis Tan, who plays Cole Young. "We've picked a couple of iconic ones. There's a lot of really cool signature moves that you'll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can't wait to see on the big screen. They're brutal, man."

The film is "definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating," acknowledges director McQuoid. You'll be able to unravel the mystery of the MK logo birthmark when the film releases in theatres and on HBO Max April 16.

Rich Stanton

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."