By: John M Jerva

Well, it looks like fans are going to have to get over here one week later as it was just announced that Warner Bros has pushed back the highly anticipated reboot Mortal Kombat one week. The film will now hit theaters and HBOMAX on April 23rd now as opposed to April 16th. In terms of delays, that’s not bad but when films have been supposed to be released already, any delay seems like an eternity. At any rate, at least we will still see the bloody and brutal video game adaptation in April.

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?

According to the various trades, the move is to allow more room between this film and Godzilla VS Kong which finally hits today. In a world with a pandemic, Warner Bros is looking to help ticket sales for their films any way possible. They are also hoping that restrictions on theaters relax over the coming weeks but that’s a big IF.

This version of the franchise is said to really earn its hard R rating with enough blood, gore, brutality and fatalities to hopefully satisfy fans craving a faithful interpretation of the best selling video game. The red band trailer definitely gives us a glimpse of what to expect in the movie.

The cast roll out includes Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jax Briggs, Tadanobu Asan as Raiden, Ludi Lin is Liu Kang and Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero. Simon McQuoid helms the movie from a screenplay by Dave Callaham and Greg Russo with Aquaman director James Wan serving as producer.

As we wait one week longer now, and they better not delay it any more, check out some awesome footage from the now April 23rd release below!

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