April 7, 2011


If I didn’t tell you the first clip from the upcoming web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy (based off last year’s popular short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) was from Mortal Kombat: Legacy, you would likely never figure it out.  There’s no special moves, no gore, or any other trademark the Mortal Kombat video games are known for.  It looks like a scene from the world’s most generic action movie so I assumed at some point a person would break the fourth wall and ask me to please silence my cell phone.

Hit the jump to check out the clip, but if you’re expecting bionic arms or heart-ripping fatalities, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.  Mortal Kombat: Legacy premieres April 12th on

mortal-kombat-2011-logoHere’s the press release:



BURBANK, CALIF., April 7, 2011 – Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and today announced they have signed an agreement to premiere and distribute the highly anticipated “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” live action digital series produced by Warner Premiere.  Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (“Fame”), and starring Jeri Ryan (“Star Trek: Voyager”) as “Sonya Blade,” Michael Jai White (“The Dark Knight”) as “Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs” and Darren Shahlavi (“300”) as “Kano,” this series will take gamers deep into the history of the warriors they know and love.

The first action-packed episode of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” will debut April 12 exclusively on Machinima, the dominant entertainment network for videogamers on YouTube ( Fans from around the world will be able to watch and engage with the entire “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” series through Machinima’s YouTube channel.

“With over 500 million monthly video views and 50 million monthly viewers, Machinima has the world’s most highly-engaged gaming audience, which makes this agreement with Warner Bros. such a great fit,” said Allen DeBevoise, Chairman and CEO of Machinima, Inc. “Mortal Kombat is an epic franchise with a rich story and characters, we’re truly excited to bring ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy’ to our community.  With our global scale and reach, we can now drive greater engagement and viewership than anyone for entertainment properties that fit our young, male-centric demo.  Kevin’s new incarnation of the Mortal Kombat franchise is precisely the type of world-class, high-octane action content that our audience will love.”

Kevin Tancharoen who directed and produced the popular, unofficial “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” fan short, is bringing the same immersive directing style to this live-action digital series.  Kevin Tancharoen who directed and produced the popular, unofficial “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” fan short, is bringing the same immersive directing style to this live-action digital series.  “Machinima is the perfect entertainment destination to premiere the series,” said Kevin Tancharoen, Director, Producer and co-writer of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy.”  “They have a massive audience of gamers from around the world.  We worked very closely with NetherRealm Studios and Ed Boon, and we’re now putting the finishing touches on the episodes.  I’m confident we’ve stayed true to the Mortal Kombat lore and am hoping the fans will be blown away by what they see.”

Also on April 12, in a lead up to the series premiere, Machinima will host Kevin Tancharoen and cast from the series in a special live event.  Details will be announced on soon.

Written by Kevin Tancharoen, Aaron Helbing  and Todd Helbing, “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” is an anthology of nine live action shorts, and brings to life the motivation behind each character’s participation in the Mortal Kombat tournament.  Each episode will provide never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe.

The latest iteration of the award-winning videogame, “Mortal Kombat,” marks a triumphant return to the series’ mature presentation and a reinvention of its classic 2D fighting mechanic. Driven by an all new graphics engine, the fan favorite Fatality is back and presented in more gory detail than ever before. In addition, “Mortal Kombat” introduces a number of new game-play features including tag team and a deep story mode. “Mortal Kombat” is being developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by “Mortal Kombat” creator and creative director Ed Boon.

MORTAL KOMBAT and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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  • compliquer

    COME ON!!!

  • Alex H

    Looks kinda cheesy, to be quite honest…

  • Ryan

    Are you serious with that bs critique? It’s a minute long promo vid for an 8-10 min long episode. Did you really expect them to show a money shot? Maybe unlike mainstream hollywood they didn’t want to ruin the best they have to offer in a trailer? Ever think of that? Perhaps they’re actually going to build the characters up a bit before slapping bionic arms and metal face plates on them. I love Collider but this write up is just an idiotic critique based on a mere minute of footage.

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    • Michael

      Why the anger? Pull yourself back in a little bit. This was their attempt at a first impression and it’s very generic. Are you saying that the only way to present a first good clip is to use a “money shot”?
      What I see here is a fight scene that could be in any number of shows. Surely, they had some better scenes to make a good first impression.

      • Aranzuzu

        Dude, their first attempt at an impression was Mortal Kombat Rebirth. The series premieres in less than a week. They’re going to be short episodes that I’m sure build the story slowly. Clearly, Jax isn’t fighting anyone “noteworthy” in the scene. Or do you think the creators decided to make Kano look like random thug number 2? Point being is that I think they released exactly the proper clip. We’ve seen where the intent of the series in Rebirth. Now I think the clip clearly lets the us the audience know what to expect the first episode. That its not jumping right into the tournament or into Shang Tsung. It looks as if its starting with Jax, as a police officer. If say this were the first 10 minutes of a movie then cool. I wouldn’t expect money at the beginning. In fact, knowing that this series’ jumping off point is taht their not going right for the jugular makes me curious how this story IS going to unfold. Where does it go from Jax fighting a common thug to the eventual supernatural elements that were promised by the creators… And perhaps… just perhaps, they haven’t actually gotten as far as filming the aforementioned “money shots” just yet. I personally have no idea what their shooting schedule is. If they’re following a linear timeline in story and in shooting, if they don’t start getting to the “nitty gritty” so to speak until I dunno, episode 4… and they’re just wrapping episode 3… what would you have them show us? I for one and I feel I’m not alone in thinking that I would love to see depth to the characters. I hope they take their time in getting to the real meatty stuff. I don’t know how many episodes their alloted, but not knowing, perhaps they have a lot more time to work with than a movie… I hope they flesh out the characters as much as possible. As long as the stuff is interesting and not a bore fest which clearly can not be indicated by watching a “generic”(not my words… clearly just quoting) action scene in a minute clip doesn’t give anything to go on other than that… just a minute. So SINCE its coming in less than a week, I for one will hold my breath. They got my attention with Rebirth, I have faith in where their going to take it until proven otherwise… and a minute clip just ain’t gonna do that.

      • Aranzuzu

        LOL ROFL… Ok so I’m apparently a bit of a dumbass. So apparently it is Kano LOL However, this kinda proves my point. Thus far what we’ve seen character wise from Rebirth is the creators attempt to stick true to the characters in some way shape or form. Tho I’m none to fond of Baraka’s dreads. But I digress, with the quick glimpse at Sub Zero, the obvious nods to the game version of Scorpion as well as his eyes in Rebirth, I have a feeling that they want to be true to the characters. Well, it may not be random thug number 2, but if that is in fact Kano, clearly he isn’t THE Kano just yet. I dunno about anyone else, but I’m interested in, is this the moment when Kano gets disfigured to have his implants?Is it from the blast that clearly is about to occur just as the clip ends? If so, then I think even moreso the clip did its job. Its serving us backstory…. and it IS called Legacy… so I think its gonna be just fine.

    • battleangel

      I don’t know, “most generic action movie” definitely sums up this clip. Which is not to say that’s what the episode will look like- but the action quality, soundtrack, and film quality are about as bargain basement as I can imagine.

      • Ryan

        Clearly you’ve never seen Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li. Lol Seriously though, that movie was below generic. It was just plain awful!
        I don’t know if I would say this MK footage is like the “most generic action movie”. Anyone who has seen their share of generic action flicks knows that they are full of chaotic camera movements, s**tty lighting and cuts so quick and rapid that you would think the editor was freebasing meth on the job. None of those things are present in this clip. And let us not forget that this is a web series. You simply can’t expect it to be on the same level as a major motion picture with a $50 million budget.

  • jymmymack

    We’ve known what this is going to look like for 9 months… you know, when the original short went live. You are so cool for ripping on it now. I want to be just like you, Matt.

  • Ryan

    I wasn’t angry at all, just annoyed. I don’t even think the footage was all that impressive myself. The little slow-mo shots make it come off as slighty cheesy and bland in my opinion. That’s what the writer should have focused on. Not that he was disappointed in the lack of “special moves, gore…or heart-ripping fatalities” in a minute long promo vid. So as you see, I’m not the one who implied that they needed a “money shot” to make an impression. That was the whole point to my original comment. To even assume that they were going to show any of that in a minute long promo vid from an 8 minute episode of a web series is just counterintuitive. I wasn’t attempting to attack the writer or anything, I just expect a more intelligent observation from a writer on this site. When you want someone to increase their skill, you have to step up, not step back.

  • Saydave

    That clip was pretty generic……but still hoping for the best

  • Migz13

    I’m just hoping they’ll show scorpion. And they better do him justice!

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