Mortal Kombat movie red-band trailer shows off fatalities and blood

Warner Bros. has been amping up the promotional materials for Mortal Kombat, which comes out in theaters and HBO Max in April. Last month fans saw a bunch of new photos from the film, and yesterday 11 character posters were released. Today, the studio has released the red-band trailer, and that means we can expect a lot of blood and gore.

Check out the trailer below.

The trailer captures the dark tone of the video game franchise with plenty of blood and gore. We get to see Hanzo Hasashi, who later becomes Scorpion, taking out enemies left and right with blood splatters all over. Kano gets to do his heart-ripping fatality. And Sub-Zero freezes Jax’s arms and breaks them.

There are some major characters missing from the game including Kitana and Johnny Cage. There is a scene that teases Kitana with her fan on display. There’s also a tease for Shao Kahn with a giant statue. Goro makes an appearance, and he looks menacing as ever.

Synopsis: In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid, who makes his feature film directorial debut, and is produced by James Wan (The Conjuring, Aquaman), Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag), McQuoid and E. Bennet Walsh (Men in Black International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). It’s written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) from a story by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) and Russo.

The film stars Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2) as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano, Tadanobu Asano (Thor) as Lord Raiden, Mehcad Brooks (The CW’s “Supergirl”) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges, Ludi Lin (Aquaman, Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, with Chin Han (The Dark Knight) as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim (The Raid, “Warrior”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero, and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, Avengers Endgame) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Matilda Kimber as Emily Young, and Laura Brent as Allison Young.

Mortal Kombat will be available in theaters and HBO Max on April 16, 2021.

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