The Mortal Kombat Battle of the Realms release date has every MK franchise fan at the edge of their seats. This is the direct sequel to MK Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge. And in this article, we plan to give you the broad strokes regarding this direct-to-video animated series based upon Ed Boon and John Tobias’ stories. Firstly, this isn’t a kid’s show. The series received an “R” rating. So you could expect a lot of violence, gore, and profanity. Also, the series tells us the story of the second Mortal Kombat tournament as we follow Liu Kang’s trails.
Liu Kang chose to fulfill his destiny as the true champion of the tournament, while Scorpion sets out to find the Kamidogu artifact for Shinnok as he clashes with the second Sub-Zero. Following the events of the last tournament, Shao Kahn declares war on Earthrealm in revenge for Shang Tsung’s loss by organizing a new Mortal Kombat tournament in Outworld. During this time, Scorpion travels to find the Kamidogu, which will be utilized to revive the One Being.
Mortal Kombat Battle of the Realms Release Date
Mortal Kombat Battle of the Realms was released on August 31, 2021. That means this animated series is fresh off the presses and out there for your personal enjoyment! How cool is that? Like Scorpion’s Revenge before it, this film is targeted directly at the die-hard Mortal Kombat fan. It’s jam-packed with witty allusions, bone-crunching sequences of graphic violence, and narrative beats that mirror the games’ events. Unfortunately, while Scorpion’s Revenge manages to center its narrative on Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion’s sad origin tale via the prism of the first Mortal Kombat Tournament, Battle of the Realms seems disjointed, trying to tell too many storylines at once and failing to do any of them justice.
Battle of the Realms takes off where Scorpion’s Revenge left off, with an Outworld invasion of Earthrealm headed by a furious Shao Kahn, a bitter loser after Shang Tsung’s defeat in the Mortal Kombat tournament. That invasion, however, does not endure long since Shao Kahn ultimately offers, you guessed it, another Mortal Kombat tournament.
MK Battle of the Realms: The fans will decide
As with most game adaptations, every single movie will have its fan base and detractors. For one part, this movie features excellent photography. The characters are very well-drawn, and the scenarios recreate locations from the fan favorites like the Temple of Lin Kuei from Mortal Kombat X. As for the character story arc, that’s when the fans will cut their teeth and start ranting and raving and fighting each other. Unfortunately, the animation in this movie doesn’t always nail it. In addition, there are some draw glitches that the fans will notice and comment on.
Another hot topic regarding this movie is the way in which the producers decided to conceptualize it. For one part, they combined the second Mortal Kombat tournament with a bunch of other stuff. Mainly in order for character storyline development conciseness. Most die-hard MK fans will agree that the movie falls short in developing strong characters because the producers chose to cram everything into one big hot mess. But, if they wanted to create strong characters, they would have to develop a longer movie or a different story.
Who is Behind MK Battle of the Realms?
Ethan Spaulding remained in the director’s chair and then directed the sequel to the 2020 films based on a script by Jeremy Adams. He is well-known for his work in Justice Society: World War II. It will be produced by Rick Morales, who also made Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and Jim Krieg, who created Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. Sam Register will serve as executive producer for this production. Ed Boon, who also co-created the Mortal Kombat series, will serve as the film’s creative consultant.
Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter will reprise their roles as Hollywood star-turned-fighter Johnny Cage and all-business warrior Sonya Blade, respectively. Both of them must go to Outworld to protect Earthrealm. Not only that, but Scorpion needs to locate the ancient Kamidogu before it is used to revive the One Being since its revival can potentially destroy everything in the cosmos.