‘Mortal Kombat Legacy’ Season 2 Trailer: Mystical Combat Begins

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The Web series Mortal Kombat Legacy achieved moderate success during its run in 2011; the premiere episode sits at 18 million views, with the following eight episodes of season 1 averaging out at about 5 million views each (give or take). More importantly, director Kevin Tancharoen managed to reintroduce fans to a live-action Mortal Kombat universe in a way that breathed new life into the cinematic side of the franchise – resulting in a new Mortal Kombat movie on the horizon.

With Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2, Tancharoen and co. appear to be going bigger and bolder – but is it better? Watch the trailer above and judge for yourself.

Check out the synopsis for Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2 below:

The Mortal Kombat Legacy continues in Season 2 as Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Kenshi, and Ermac join the ranks. The rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors will unfold as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. The epic battle for Earthrealm has finally begun.

It appears that – despite some flashback segments – season 2 of Legacy will be a more serialized storyline as opposed to the more episodic origin tale format of season 1. Those who kept up with season 1 will also probably notice that some of the returning characters – Raiden, Mileena, Kurtis Stryker, Johnny Cage  - have been recast; though star Ian Anthony Dale is back as Scorpion, which is a good thing in our book.

For those who are TRUE film buffs: Yup, that’s Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa reprising his role as Shang Tsung from the original Mortal Kombat movie (1995), and Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien taking over the role of Johnny Cage from Legacy season 1 actor, Matt Mullins.


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Tancharoen with ‘Mortal Kombat Legacy’ Season 2 Cast

For fans who felt the more grounded marital arts action of season 1 was underwhelming, it looks like season 2 has upped the ante on the “kombat” factor, with more brutality (see: Stryker’s face-beating rampage) and “powers” involved (Sub-Zero’s ice blast, Scorpion’s rope-spear, etc).

But will the more streamlined storytelling approach be as creative and interesting as season 1 was, with episodes that were animated (Mileena vs. Kitana); offered interesting narratives (Raiden’s time in a mental ward); or inspired visual composition (Scorpion’s origin story)? We’ll soon find out.


Mortal Kombat Legacy season 2 is expected to premiere sometime in the second quarter of 2013, exclusively on Machinima.

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  1. For the budget, I’d say that the trailer was “just alright” for me. Now, can we get a brother up in the house? Where’s Jax?

    • Right! And why is Kensi white? He is always black in the games!

      • Kenshi is the blind swordsman. I don’t ever remember him being black.

      • I don’t recall Kenshi ever being black… Always been light skinned.

  2. God, I’m so pumped. I don’t think Jax and Sonya are returning this season, but they will be in the movie, I’m sure. YES!!!

  3. When does the official movie come out? I am looking forward to that.

  4. The trailer definitely makes this upcoming season look better than the fist! Only problem i have with this is Liu Kang looks like a drunk with a hoodie, and Im not really diggin Scorpions mask. They shouldve gone with someone else as Shang tsung. But overall it looks good. And Sub-Zero Looks like a total BADASS!!

    • There is no other Shang Tsung, at least not in my heart.

      • Haha Understandable but maybe they’ll do the whole he’s old and when he absorbs souls he’ll be younger, Cue for a younger actor haha!

      • Spot on. He and Christopher Lambert were the only characters cast correctly in that first film. They took on the roles much better than any other actor in the film series. It’s cool to see the dude from Iron Chef and Hawaii 5-0 play a martial arts role again by taking on the role of Kung Lao.

        • Christopher Lambert had no business being Raiden

          • Wrong. Lambert is Connor Mcloud of the clan Mcloud’s born in the highlands of Scotland. The quickening is clearly some kind of magic electricity of immortality. He was perfectly cast as Raiden in the first Mortal Kombat. It’s a kind of magic. There can be only one. Yeahhp.

            • And Raiden was once voiced by the Kurgan, Clancy Brown, too.

        • Raiden was horribly written in Legacy, which certainly didn’t help Lambert perform any better. That character really should be retconned.

          • ^^ this

  5. always liked mortal kombat. The 1995 movie I did not like however. Frankly, I had no idea they actually had a youtube version of MK, so thank you, Kofi for this article. Scorpion was and is still my favorite character. With that said, I would like to see Jade in this series. If they do decide to make a movie out of MK, I would like them to make it dark and serious. Keep out the comedy.

    Anyone here remember the MK TV series that came out during the 90s, which would come on at 1 or 2 am in the morning? I know I do.

    • I disagree. The original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie was great. How could you go wrong with that theme song!? “Moooorrrrtal Kombaaaat”

      • it was definitely cheesy and cliched, but a fun time at the movies.

        • Trevor Goddard was the best thing about it although I did love the movie as a whole. Goro was pretty well done too.

          • It was one of the best there is.

            The second one, however…(cringe).

    • I do. It’s full title was Mortal Kombat: Konquest. It starred Paolo Montalban as “Kung Lao,” Daniel Bernhardt as “Siro,” Kristanna Loken (yeah, the T-X of Terminator 3)as Taja . Raiden was played by Jeffrey Meek, the guy who played a ninja-trained assassin named Jonathan Raven in the TV series “Raven.” Meek actually played two roles here, as he also played Shao Kahn but you wouldn’t really notice it since Shao Kahn wore a mask and his voice was “tweaked” to make it sound “bigger.”

      Man, I loved watching “Konquest.” Too bad it only lasted one season and it wasn’t because people didn’t watch it. It was actually quite popular but the production cost grew higher than what the producers expected so they just decided to cancel it. :(

      • My previous post was a reply for Mr, Day

      • It sucks they cancelled it. The fight choreography there far surpassed any of the stuff we saw in Xena and other shows. Plus the way the show ended was way too depressing. It’s one show that badly needed a second season and continuation.

  6. i really don’t think 10 episodes will be enough to explain why lui kang is a bad guy, ermac looks like reptile, why johnny isn’t up himself and why half the cast are a bunch of amateur martial artists (at best)… they better have bought back michael jai, b/c he was the one decent actor/fighter in series 1 >:(

    • In an interview with Tancharoen they asked him the main differences in shooting longer episodes vs the 9-10min episodes of season 1. I haven’t seen an article on it but that question has my hopes up that they made the episodes longer woo hoo character interaction!

  7. They shouldve brought back all the original characters from the first Mortal Kombat Legacy. I just spotted Casper Van Dien from Starship troopers playing Johnny Cage lol

    • yea the first johnny cage actor (matt mullins) fit the role (atleast thats what’s i think. they should have brought back all the actors from season 1, that is 1 mistake that they did….so far..

  8. My boy Mark Dacascos is playing Kung Lao!

  9. Though I think this will be a good show… I still would’ve liked it better if they continue with the previous cast, for continuity sake. Oh well…

  10. Like others have said, it would be nice to have the same cast. Still looking forward to it though. After the terrible sequel to the first Mortal Kombat movie(which itself was already kinda terrible), I’d been waiting for MK live action that was at least decent. This web series gave me faith that MK could be done well if the right person or people were behind it. Again, lookin forward to Season 2 and hope it isn’t a let down.

  11. looking forward to this

  12. If anyone has ever seen the movie ” Big Trouble in Little China (1986) with Kurt Russell. There was a character called lightning that had they used the effects from that movie for Raiden, that alone wouldve helped Mortal Kombat be a little better, also, the trailer for the game for Mortal Komabt 2 was way better than the characters in any of the movies.
    Christopher Lambert had no business being Raiden in the first movie, and the clown they used in the second movie was a disgrace to anything presented by Mortal Kombat!!!!

    • Which one, the proper actor or Ray Park (who they used for Raiden’s fight scene)?

  13. The Chairman of Iron Chef is Liu Kang!!! I am effing in!

    • I mean Shang Tsung! LOL whatever the guy with the hat’s name is. I wonder if you hear a sword sound every time he moves his face.

      • I cheered when I saw him! He is super epic!

  14. Jesus, who is the guy with the Hat? LOL


  16. I… I’m out of words, I screamed when I saw Lui Kang

  17. Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers now plays Johnny Cage. I always said Capser Van Dien would be perfect for Cage.

  18. scorpion fighting for outworld again? oh man…

    • Well, technically, he’ll be fighting for the Netherrealm but, as those aware of MK mythos know, Shinnok and Quan Chi have, for ages, held a clandestine allegiance to Outworld, while posing as its own entity in the tournament, seeming a neutral party with its own intentions (which, as it turns out, it actually is…).

      Hopefully Tancharoen takes notice of minute story details such as this.

  19. This is not a good direction for Mortal Kombat. Comics have finally made it mainstream in cinema today. But lets not forget apart from Christopher Reeves Superman films, a lot of comic book movies were very bad. It’s time a good director invests in making a very good video game to movie adaptation. Mortal Kombat in my opinion is the perfect candidate to lead that role. Enough with this low-budget mini-series and focus on a proper movie.
    If they were to do Mortal Kombat movie, they should do individual stories and then the later sequels then connects majority of the characters together.
    Example of a Mortal Kombat title- (MORTAL KOMBAT – THE GREAT SCHISM)

    • The guy who’s making this series is also concurrently working on a film

      • If he is taking the Mortal Kombat Rebirth route, it is not a very good idea. Personally that is a bit of a cop out. Look at avengers with the porthole special effects. Look at upcoming man of still. The story of Sub Zero and Scorpion is itself a whole movie sequel.

  20. mortal combat show the codes as they fight so we can learn certain moves combos. fatalies

  21. There is only one way to do a Mortal Kombat Movie the right way- as a survival horror movie. The problem is that it has been approached as a martial arts flick, which it’s really not- it is a horror movie, that uses martial arts as the means to deliver the violence.

    All the fighters need to be kidnapped, and forced to fight monsters and murderers for what appears to be the amusement of either Shang Tsung or Shao Khan. They should only begin to understand the gravity of the tournaments they are in as they start to see souls being stolen, and all of the fights ending in bloody murders. As they think they are fighting for the lives, they slowly piece together that they are in fact fighting to keep this nightmare realm from taking over their own world, and that the only way to prevent it from happening is to stay alive- kill or be killed..

    Survival horror movie first, martial arts as the means of delivering the violence. That’s what the original trailer (before the godawful series) hinted at, and it really should have been taken to the extreme. A Mortal Kombat Movie should have the hardest R possible; it should push the envelope for film violence in exactly the same way the games caused a national debate on video game violence.


    • True. I have an idea, just like the story mode for the current MK9 games, have they ever though of doing 3 or 4 sequels. But do the firdt 3 sequels backwards and then connect the whole stories and characters together in the fourth sequel.

  22. Still no nightwolf. Sad. Still gon’ rnjoy it though.

  23. Still no nightwolf.

  24. I have watched everything MK related, played every game as a mainstream jhonny fan and player. This guy is simply the fathest from Johnny he lacks the humor the build and he lacks the actual fighting skills. So far in Season 2 he has used zero signature moves and only gotten his ass beat.