The Web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy made something of a big splash last year, releasing nine episodes (watch them here) that largely focused on the re-imagined backstories of franchise-favorite characters such as Jax, Sonya, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Johnny Cage, Raiden, and others.
In not-so-coincidental accordance with Comic-Con 2012, director Kevin Tancharoen has announced that Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 is one the way, via a hilarious season 2 announcement trailer (see above). Scroll down for more details about what MK:L season 2 will entail.
Legacy covered a lot of Mortal Kombat history but ultimately left some fans cold, since the galvanizing event of the original video game series - the Mortal Kombat fighting tournament - was never actually featured in the Web series.
Speaking in a (refreshingly) frank and honest manner, Tancharoen addressed fan criticisms of season 1 - not enough fighting, no tournament storyline, etc. - by letting it be known that Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 will in fact have more action, more new characters, and will be all about the tournament to protect Earthrealm from the supernatural Outworld hordes.
If you didn't catch it in the trailer above, here is a list of the characters who will appear in season 2:
- Liu Kang
- Johnny Cage
- Kung Lao
- Shang Tsung
- Quan Chi
Presumably the cast of the first season - including stars like Jerri Ryan as Sonya and Michael Jai White as Jax - will return for the second season; we also expect plenty of casting announcements for new characters to be announced in the coming weeks. Sidenote: that beat-box sequence at the end of the trailer was pretty sick.
Aside from the excitement that is sure to be derived from this news, I have to say that this is probably one of the more entertaining announcement trailers I've ever seen. From the funny live-action skits to the shots of posed action figures and video game footage - the whole thing has an air of tongue-and-cheek humor to it that makes it hard to hate. That Tancharoen is taking fan concerns into consideration when crafting this sophomore season shows he has just as much appreciation for the people who love Mortal Kombat as his short film, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, proved his appreciation of the franchise itself.
The trailer craftily avoided the subject of a release date, but we expect to see more about Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 in the coming weeks/months. Stay Tuned.