Director Kevin Tancharoen is hard at work shooting his Mortal Kombat live-action shorts, which will premiere on the Web this spring in accordance with the release of the new Mortal Kombat video game.

We recently learned some casting news about the Mortal Kombat live-action digital new media series, but have been waiting to see anything that could fill us in on how these new webisodes will tie to the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film by Tancharoen, which kicked off this whole MK live-action revival.

Today we have our first promotional materials for Mortal Kombat, sent to the Web as a gift from Kevin Tancharoen via his official Twitter account. Tancharoen posted three images from the set of Mortal Kombat: one of the pics is of fan-favorite Scorpion in an ominous scene set in a wintery forest (you just know a fight is about to jump off!); the other two pics feature a look at Scorpion’s new spear-o-death, and a look at a female character covered in blue liquid, which Tancharoen released with the somewhat vague caption, “Blue is not Kitana.” Should we take it that the character’s name is, in fact, “Blue” then?

At any rate, have a look at the full gallery of Mortal Kombat pics released by Tancharoen below. Click on any pic twice for a bigger version:

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to watch the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film that inspired this new live-action digital new media series.

Some fans were worried early on that the gritty and realistic approach to the MK mythos seen in Rebirth would rob the franchise of its signature mystical/supernatural elements. Despite the fact that Tancharoen himself already promised fans that his Mortal Kombat will stay true to its origins, the sight of Scorpion in full ninja garb, complete with spear-o-death, should be a pretty solid indicator that this apple won’t be falling too far from the tree.

Mortal Kombat is currently shooting in Vancouver and is expected to start premiering around April. What did you think of the pics?

Source: Twitter