‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’ Trailer Showcases Improved Supernatural Action & Character Drama

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Director Kevin Tancharoen looks to build upon the moderately impressive success of his Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series with the second installment, Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, which we now know will debut online on September 26, 2013.

A re-imagining of the popular Mortal Kombat video game-turned-multi-media franchise, Legacy II will expand the scope (and apparently the budget) of the first installment, bringing in more iconic characters from the Mortal Kombat universe, while also creating a sturdier bridge between the realistic and fantastical halves of the MK mythos. You can see what we mean (and a whole lot of action and character appearances) in the latest trailer above.

The first Legacy II trailer gave us a taste of the second season storyline – in which new characters like Liu Kang (Brian Tee), Kenshi (Dan Southworth), Kung Lao (Mark Dacascos) and Ermac (Kim Do Nguyen) join forces with Raiden (David Lee McInnis taking over the role) to battle  forces from the dark realm of Outworld – forces led by none other than the evil sorcerer, Shang Tsung (original Mortal Kombat movie star, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). As detailed in this latest trailer, there will be a much more serialized storyline than the episodic character-focused installments that made up season 1 – though clearly individual character stories will still be in the mix.

Mortal Kombat Legacy II season 2 trailer 2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy II Trailer Showcases Improved Supernatural Action & Character Drama

The most impressive aspect of the trailer, however, has to be the much-improved directorial talents of Kevin Tancharoen. After breaking onto the scene with his impressive Mortal Kombat Rebirth fan-film, Tancharoen admittedly stumbled at points while turning the low-budgted Legacy web series into a major media and MK franchise milestone. However, this season 2 trailer shows that some of the most important aspects of the series – namely, the action – has been ramped-up and polished, while the visual effects (especially where ninja characters like Sub-Zero and Scorpion are concerned) have also been  improved over what we saw in the first installment. In addition, scenes like the harrowing events in that diner robbery seem to indicate that Tancharoen’s eye for visual storytelling and gripping thrills/drama has improved, as well – and some of the photography and shots are downright stunning (that temple scene establishing shot is pretty gorgeous).

Mortal Kombat Legacy II Season 2 Mileena vs Mortal Kombat: Legacy II Trailer Showcases Improved Supernatural Action & Character Drama

However, that’s not to say it’s all looking “flawless.” Like season 1, it seems that there will be a bit of unevenness to the storytelling in season 2; the stories centered around Raiden’s chosen heroes look solid, as does the ninja stuff; however, the scene between warring “sisters” Mileena and Kitana once again looks to pale in comparison to its counterparts, making one wonder where other, similar, deficiencies might appear. Season 1 had its fair share of throwaway episodes; hopefully season 2 shaves that number down considerably.

Want to learn more about Mortal Kombat: Legacy II? (Like how there will be iconic Fatalities included in this new season?)

[READ: Mortal Kombat: Legacy II cast and crew Interview]

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As stated, Mortal Kombat: Legacy II will debut online on September 26, 2013, only on Machinima.

Source: Machinima

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  1. Looks pretty good. Hopefully we’ll get a new movie soon. I just don’t care much for Scorpions face mask.

  2. Um yea, looks pretty awesome

  3. were’s Jay White?

  4. Looks like its been done right this time …! Look forward to seeing the movie !

  5. This web series is very well done. I liked season 1 a lot and I’m definitely looking forward to s2.

  6. This series would be awesome if picked up by the likes of HBO or showtime. Because that 15 minute run time is just too short.

    • agree. 100% agree.

  7. Looks Good and Looks like they changed some of it again….We Need A Full Length Serious As Hell (But) Sticks Close to the Mortal Kombat Mythos as Possible Movie.
    A Good Story, Great realistic fighting, and a lot of violence to make a great mortal kombat movie!

  8. Can we just see a new trailer for Mortal Wombat?

  9. I could complain about changing actors, missing characters from Season 1, the lack of a release date… but Scorpion doing a proper, “GET OVER HERE!” kind of overrides everything else.

  10. were can i watch this series i believe it web series so which web site?

    • http://www.youtube.com/show/mortalkombatlegacy
      That’s where you can find all nine episodes of Season 1 and a trailer for Season 2. Season 2 itself hasn’t been released yet, but if meant to be out ‘Fall 2013′ and will probably be on Machinima’s Youtube channel as well.
      NOTE: If the link doesn’t work, Google ‘youtube mortal kombat legacy’ and it should be the top result.

  11. I’m really looking forward to the second season, I loved the first season and told my friends all about it.

  12. Trailers look pretty good for web series, but lacking if compared to an actual theater-release movie.

    • Fortunately, the director has been given a lot of money to create a feature film after Season 2 has finished, with characters like Jax (Michael Jai White) returning.

  13. i love how this is shaping out… i lost a lot of interest in mortal kombat after some of the cheesy video games & terrible movie typecasting. i truly hope that this can mesh the martial arts/supernatural aspects of this genre a lot better than hollywood producers. while a movie would be great, i think a t.v./cable sized budget could get it done a bit more efficiently.

  14. well damn this looks pretty good!

  15. The term “moderately impressive success” in the first paragraph is a contradiction. Being impressive is not moderate. Why not just use the word “success” and let the reader decide whether it is impressive or moderate?

    • I have often been moderately impressed by someone’s degree of success – whatcha mean, bro?

  16. This means the Second re-booted buttton mashing, palette swapped lazily programmed sequel is coming soon to last gen consoles near you.

    • They moved away from palette swapping ages ago, much like the other famous palette swap gaming icon Mario. Button mashing… yeah. Some people do that. Others just spam the same cheap moves over and over. It’s a fighting game. It happens.

      The director accidently let slip that another Mortal Kombat game is in development and will probably release around the same time as the movie. After all the effort put into the story mode of Mortal Kombat’s reboot, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did their own thing instead of basing their game on the movie, but had movie costumes as unlockable extras.

      • Much like with Injustice: Gods Among Us releasing the Man Of Steel costume as DLC, which was pretty cool.

  17. I hope we can get a movie after the second season. Studios would be incredibly ignorant not to pick up on this project. The only one that didn’t do justice was the image of Raiden. Other than that; good stuff.

  18. I want Mortal Kombat: Legacy II movie action figure toys for Christmas 2013.

  19. i got to see the web series, but want more like a tv series on the space channel, great stuff i want to see more.

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