First Image of Baraka in ‘Mortal Kombat’ Web Series? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 23rd, 2011 at 6:19 pm,

baraka mortal kombat web short First Image of Baraka in Mortal Kombat Web Series? [Updated]

[Update: While we’re talking Mortal Kombat mysteries, who are the two female combatants in this new image???]

When director Kevin Tancharoen let-loose a viral YouTube short film highlighting his vision for a Mortal Kombat reboot movie, the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive. It wasn’t long before the filmmaker was signed by Warner Bros. to helm a Mortal Kombat franchise web series – with a strong possibility for a feature film to follow.

Just last week, fans got a first look at Tancharoen’s interpretation of ninja/assassin Scorpion and late last night, the director Tweeted out a photo of what appears to be fan-favorite Shao Kahn mercenary, Baraka.

As fans of the series know Baraka first appeared in Mortal Kombat II and quickly became an iconic franchise character – due to his brutal moves list and creepy appearance. In the mythos, the character is the leader of the Tarkatan horde – a series of mutant mercenaries who work for Outworld Emperor Shao Kahn. While some characters in the Mortal Kombat universe waffle between the forces of good and evil – Baraka has universally aligned himself with one series antagonist after another.

Check out the potential Baraka first-look image below:

baraka mortal kombat web series First Image of Baraka in Mortal Kombat Web Series? [Updated]

It’s unclear, assuming the photograph is of Baraka (not just a fellow Tarkatan brother), whether the interpretation of the character in the web series will be closer to the video-game or Tancharoen’s redesigned concept in the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film – which featured Baraka as a crazed plastic surgeon turned serial killer, Dr. Alan Zane, who mutilated his face and attached blades to his forearms.

If the image is of the actual Baraka character, it would appear that Tancharoen has toned down some of the more imaginative liberties in Rebirth, consider this version of Baraka sports the traditional looking arm blades – not the segmented ones Dr. Zane surgically implants in the proof-of-concept short film. That said, the Baraka-like figure in the image is still missing one iconic element from the traditional Mortal Kombat mythos – the elongated, and grotesque, Tarkatan teeth featured on both Baraka and half-human clone Mileena.

baraka mortal kombat rebirth First Image of Baraka in Mortal Kombat Web Series? [Updated]

Dr. Zane (Code Name: Baraka) In Mortal Kombat Rebirth

UPDATE: Who are the two female combatants in this latest photo? Could we be seeing the famous Milleena vs. Kitana rivalry?

Mortal Kombat Girl Fight 570x471 First Image of Baraka in Mortal Kombat Web Series? [Updated]

Given what appears to be a turn toward a more traditional, and less real-world, interpretation, it’ll be interesting to see whether Tancharoen’s other ideas – including Reptile as a 30 year-old cannibal with Harlequin Ichthyosis (not a Raptor warrior) – make it into the web series.

Keep checking back for our continued coverage of the Mortal Kombat web series here at Screen Rant – as well as our sister site, Game Rant for information on the highly-anticipated upcoming Mortal Kombat video game.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you think of Tancharoen’s Baraka design.

Mortal Kombat is currently shooting in Vancouver and is expected to premier in April.

Source: Kevin Tancharoen

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  1. I loved (and still do) the first two Mortal Kombat games and was at just the right age to play them to death. Despite what MK purists say, I think the formula was getting pretty stale and I was blown away by Rebirths gritty urban modernatey. It made the first two movies look like overlong saturday morning kids fare (which they basically were) and they have not dated well (especially the CGI).

    Take for example the movie ‘Predator’ made in 1987 & still stands up today becuase of it’s sparing use of CGI and plenty of over the top violence. The pole opposite of the original MK movie made nearly a decade later with over the top CGI and not a hint of blood(!?).

    The main reasons I played the original MK so much was it’s photorealistic ‘digitised’ graphics & the sheer brutality involved, those ‘bone crunching’ uppercuts are still unequalled (pulling off Sub Zero’s Fatality in the arcade was a pure adrenalin rush, especially when you had an audience)

    So I say well done to Keven and his vision. He said they’re will be mystical powers but they will be limited and more of a discovery than a ‘look at me, I can do fire balls all day’ approach. to retain the ‘specialness’ in ‘special moves’.

    Anyway, I can’t wait. Hopefully this will prompt a move toward a motion picture.

    Warmest regards, Severen.

    • If you have read my comments, you’ll understand that I am not dissing the dark and bloody tone of Rebirth, but rather the raping of the material used.

      Jax and Sonya have never been city cops.

      Reptile and Baraka are not humans that have turned psycho. They are aliens.

      Scorpion would never be so gullible to give himself up to anyone or anything. Plus show himself without his suit (after his death at least).

      Sub-Zero is not a cyborg (not before the events of the tournament at least).

      And last but not least…

      The “death match” is not some underground tournament for the most mental psychos on Earth.

      These are the issues I have with what we was given as something related to Mortal Kombat.