News Archive - October, 2013
Kevin Tancharoen Leaves Mortal Kombat Movie
FINISH HIM! After 3 Years & 2 Online Series - Kevin Tancharoen Kalls It a Day!

In a brief tweet: Kevin Tancharoen has apparently signalled his departure from the Mortal Kombat movie franchise.

The director launched Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season II at the end of September [watch], and had been discussing a third online season throughout promotion [read more]. He cites other creative opportunities as motivation for leaving the long rumoured feature film.

Tancharoen exploded onto the scene in 2010 when his unofficial Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short went viral. The live-action footage soon won him the directors chair for Mortal Kombat: Legacy, with plans for a feature film to follow. The online series served as prominent cross-promotion for the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, and rebooted the license under Warner Brothers. Legacy was reported to set a new benchmark for online serial content with millions of views, becoming one of the most watched shows of its kind in YouTube history [more].

While there was certainly success; Tancharoen's individualist approach to the established Mortal Kombat trademarks was always divisive. The initial impact of Rebirth's severe tone found and defined an audience eager for violence and self-seriousness. Legacy struggled to have it both ways thereafter: Neither faithful to the hugely successful source material of the games, nor the vastly removed, urban reinvention of Rebirth. Legacy II utilized core storylines from the games and previous films, but radically rewrote and recast characters and scenarios. It received the most mixed critical response from fans.

Released together; the ten episodes of Legacy II have struggled to recreate the immediate success of the first series. At the time of writing, the first episode boasts over 3.6 million views, but is followed by a 60% drop off that persists as an average just under 1.1 million for the remaining episodes. The penultimate episode [#9] currently has 903,805 views from 3 weeks -- impressive in general, but a step down from the record setting numbers of the virgin series.

As genre adaptations continue to overwhelm the box office - the bar is set high for this proven quantity. The Paul Anderson directed Mortal Kombat wowed audiences in 1995 with its combination of martial arts action, iconic fantasy and mythic story. It wasn't anywhere near the big budget vehicle of today's superhero blockbusters, with which the Mortal Kombat license may be compared to moving forward.

Tancharoen teased a working film script in June, 2012, and laughed off reported plot leaks around the same time. Departing well wishes suggest the framework for the long rumored movie is still in tact -- even if it needs a new director. Assuming, of course, there isn't already one in the picture. Michael Jai White (Jax) pinned his expectations for a return on the film [full story].

Rumors about a third movie have been a fixture of the landscape since the disappointment of Annihilation. Mortal Kombat Online has been reporting on the film and its many false starts since 2001 [and before]. Long time fans may see this as a disappointing return to development hell, but it could also signal something bigger and better than the low budget approach thus far. Warner Brothers have made noted changes to their approach to adjacent DC Entertainment properties in recent years.

Do you think Warner Brothers are reconsidering their approach to the series ahead of a new game? Is there a director you think fits the bill, or an approach to the material we need to see? Share your thoughts and speculation about this major development on the forums!

Pop Culture Shock 1:4 Scale Prince Goro Statue
Pop Culture Shock Klassics Goro Brings Menace to Collectibles!

His four-armed visage sent a shiver through the spine of many an arcade goer. His towering silhouette piqued interest the world over during promotion for the 1995 feature film. His name is Goro -- half-man, half-dragon, and one of the most iconic Mortal Kombat characters for over twenty years!

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles will immortalize the monstrous Shokan boss as the latest in their 1:4 Scale Mixed Media Klassic statue line!


LOS ANGELES, Oct 18th, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE)---
Coming off an amazing successful debut at New York Comic Con, Pop Culture Shock Collectibles are proud to offer the pen-ultimate bad-a$$ from Mortal Kombat; GORO!
This Shokan warlord joins the ranks of other PCSC warriors, brought to life by PCSC’s master sculptors and artists.

“There are a few characters that are constantly being demanded by our fans & followers,” said Jerry Macaluso, President of PCSC, “Goro is arguably the one that collectors are most vocal about.”

Shao Kahn’s master of destruction is rendered as he appeared in the original Mortal Kombat games 1-4, featuring real cloth clothing and a certificate of authenticity. Standard edition (limit of 350 pcs) will be available at all regular retail channels. If you are an epic MK fanatik, there will be an exclusive version that includes second & interchangeable “teeth-clenched” head, available ONLY via PCSC’s website.

Mortal Kombat “Goro” 1:4 Scale Mixed Media Statue
● High quality polystone statue with cloth features
● Size: 24” tall
● Limited to 350 pieces
● SRP $ 450.00 USD

Mortal Kombat “Goro” 1:4 Scale Mixed Media Statue, PCSC Exclusive
● High quality polystone statue with cloth features
● Size: 24” tall
● Limited to 150 pieces
● SRP $ 460.00 USD
● Discounts available for pre-paying, see site for details

This might be Pop Culture Shock's best Mortal Kombat statue to date! Find additional images, info and purchase details by visiting PopCultureShockToys.com! Share your thoughts with other fans on the Media & Merchandise forum!

Kontest: Daily DLCountdown to Injustice: Ultimate Edition
Mortal Kombat Online Kommunity Injustice DLC Giveaway!

Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition will be the complete package when it arrives November 12 for PC, PlayStation & Xbox 360 [original story].

You aren't going to want to miss this opportunity to take the fight to PC, PlayStation VITA & PlayStation 4 for the very first time!

Ultimate Edition returns the Gods Among Us to PS3 & 360 as well, but early adopters need not feel less than ultimate! Mortal Kombat Online Is giving you the chance to complete your DLC haul as we countdown to the release of the Ultimate Edition!

Ultimate Edition packs all the downloadable content onto the disc, giving you extra STAR Labs missions, a sprawl of alternate costume skins, and fan-favourite extra characters: Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna & Scorpion!

If you've already been downloading -- you'll want to bookmark the DC Universe Injustice forum to check back for our Daily DLCountdown! This is the best chance to fill in those gaps in your existing game at no extra charge! It's first come, first serve -- so you'll need to keep your eyes peeled!

Update: We're kicking things off with the home team! Teleport punch your way to the forums to grab one of 2 Scorpion DLC codes! Let us know if you got it to keep the DLCountdown topic in the air!

In celebration of our 10,000th follower on Twitter we've already given away Arkham City Skins! Thanks to NetherRealm Studios and The CW, you won't need a code to grab the limited Arrow Green Arrow skin for free right now! Stick with us in the countdown to November!

Twisted Metal Mascot a Near Miss for Mortal Kombat
Creative Director Reveals Twisted Metal Guest Character Consideration!

Once regarded an improbable oddity; the fighting game guest character has become an industry standard. The invasion of outside forces remains a controversial topic for hardcore fans of any series: Mortal Kombat has become a seasoned veteran of the crossover concept, accepting fights at home and abroad.

Kombatants were first establishing their crossover credentials as far back as the nineties. Characters like Sub-Zero and Raiden have lodged appearances in various series, including: NBA Jam, Unreal Tournament and The Grid. Scorpion made the latest Kombat crossover earlier this year, appearing as a Jim Lee designed downloadable guest in NetherRealm Studios' superhero fighter: Injustice: Gods Among Us. The ninja from Hell is expected to be among the pack-in content in November's Ultimate Edition.

In 2011, Mortal Kombat took a turn playing host to two well known guest fighters: Freddy Krueger (DLC) and Kratos (PS3 exclusive).

While it was the widely available, downloadable horror icon [Krueger] who proved to be a nightmare for diehard fans -- it turns out Sony's God of War was potentially ripe to be replaced by another choice.

Discussing various topics with fans, including the viability of a horror movie fighting game; Creative Director Ed Boon (@noobde) revealed Sony icon Sweet Tooth was considered for what would have likely been a Sony exclusive guest spot!

Like Kratos; the clown-faced combat racer is a creation of David Jaffe. Serving as murderous mascot to the Twisted Metal series -- Sweet Tooth is best known for laughing his way through vehicular slaughter unleashed by his ice cream van of doom.

A preference for being behind the wheel hasn't stopped Sweet Tooth venturing into other combat domains. In 2003, he battled beasts in mech form as a guest in War of the Monsters. Leaving the cockpit a year after missing out on Mortal Kombat; the killer clown entered the arena of man-to-man fighting in the party mixed PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

As Kratos proved [read more]; NetherRealm would've been more than up to the task of collaborating on an iconic portrayal of Sweet Tooth. Better still: in Injustice: Gods Among Us, they even showed just how well an over-the-top, vehicle-based attack can work in a fighting game via Batman's Batmobile super! Then there's the story mode...

While we can't whole heartedly endorse the inclusion of guest characters in Mortal Kombat, we also can't deny it would've been an interesting choice for a Sony exclusive! With his home in Greek inspired mythology, Kratos proved a thematically appropriate final cut just the same.

Is Sweet Tooth the guest Kombatant for you? Have somebody else in mind? Sign up and join the conversation in the Mortal Kombat forum!

Injustice Deathstroke Bonus for Arkham Origins Pre-Order
Arkham Origins Pre-Order Bonus Features Injustice Deathstroke Skin!

Batman: Arkham Origins is the latest instalment in the hugely successful, genre defining Arkham series. Introducing Deathstroke into the Gotham City mix: Origins is offering a pre-order bonus with a playable skin based on the design from Injustice: Gods Among Us!

Crossover between the NetherRealm Studios superhero fighter and its Batman cousin has been consistent throughout the Injustice lifespan. NetherRealm worked on development for the iOS spin-off fighter Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, even going so far as to sneak in a cameo appearance by Mortal Kombat's Kano.

Injustice itself featured an Arkham City pre-order deal offering skins for Batman, Joker & Catwoman. Harley Quinn also received an unlockable Arkham City skin in the game [trailer]. The Arkham Asylum fighting arena made use of existing assets shared by Rocksteady, including Killer Croc & Scarecrow in stage interactions [read more].

All Arkham inspired skins are expected to be featured in the Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition. Coming November; the rerelease includes previously downloadable skins and characters. Discuss these stories and more in the DC Universe Injustice forum!

Mortal Kombat: Nerd versus Scorpion Skit
Gaming Nerd Gets His Comeuppance in Bat in the Sun skit!

Being one of gaming's most recognized icons has painted a mighty big target on the yellow back of the ninja spectre Scorpion. Nerds have been put on notice as he takes revenge against joypad warriors. Haters be warned: He's mad as Hell and not gonna take it any more! The following video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion is advised.

The video is the work of Machinima affiliate Bat in the Sun. Responsible for some truly impressive "fan" videos featuring costumed heroes, the group are known for their Super Beat Down fantasy battles.

Scorpion will take on a more qualified opponent in White Ranger, when the results of the last SPBD fan vote are revealed! The martial arts main event will be released later this month with an outcome determined by September vote [preview].

Directed by Aaron Schoenke, the clip also features a cameo by Sonya Blade. It was created to celebrate the release of Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season II.

Images from the video via GeekTyrant. Check out more live-action Mortal Kombat in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 Hardcover Comic
Injustice: Gods Among Us Tie-In Comic Gets Hardcover in November!

Having dominated digital channels; the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic book tie-in will get the Hardcover treatment when Volume 1 is released November 13!

Written by Tom Taylor (Earth-2, The Deep), the maxi-series dwells deeper on the backstory of the game and details the rise of The Regime and the fall of Superman.

At 192 pages for $19.99 RRP: The Hardcover collects the first six print issues of the series, released digitally as chapters 1-18. The pages feature pencil artwork by Jheremy Raapack, Mike S. Miller, Marc Deering, Axel Gimenez & Bruno Redondo. The November date coincides with US release of Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition.

Those looking for cheaper alternatives may wish to consider the softcover trade paperback, released October. The $14.99 softcover Vol. 1 includes issues #1-4. The series, currently on hiatus after an upcoming Lobo featured annual, is still available through digital outlets [more info].

Mortal Kombat Online had mixed impressions when reviewing issues #1 & #2. Share your own opinions on the DC Universe Injustice forum.

Injustice: Man of Steel General Zod Skin Trailer

If you downloaded last week's massive Injustice Compatibility Patch, you also became the happy owner of a brand new Man of Steel General Zod skin at no charge! The much requested movie design was a secret bonus for the 1.06 update. Check out the trailer embedded below!

Modelled after Man of Steel villain-supreme: Michael Shannon -- the free skin is the second Injustice: Gods Among Us DLC based on the blockbuster film. Superman received the Man of Steel treatment in July [full story].

A villain better known for his cinematic exploits than any comic book conquests [read more]; General Zod was a somewhat surprising choice for fourth downloadable character. Made more controversial by an original design distinct from any of his previous appearances [below], Zod is now the first DLC bonus character to have received an alternate skin.

General Zod and the downloadable DC heroes feature on the cover of November's upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition! Packaging all downloadable content onto a new disc: the Ultimate Edition brings the complete Injustice experience to PlayStation 4, PlayStation VITA & PC for the first time!

Live-action superhero fans who already have the game can grab the Arrow skin for free [full story]! Discuss God Among Us skins and Ultimate Edition on the DC Universe Injustice forum!

Injustice: TV Inspired Green Arrow Skin Free to Download
Stephen Amell Arrow DLC Now Free for Injustice!

To celebrate the return of The CW's emerald archer in Arrow Season 2: NetherRealm Studios are giving away their TV inspired Green Arrow Injustice skin completely free! The download is now available via usual channels on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live!

Released April [original story]; the Arrow inspired DLC boasts original voice acting by show star Stephen Amell. Amell also contributed opinions to the Injustice pre-release Battle Arena fantasy tournament.

Green Arrow is just one in a veritable plethora of heroes and villains who've received alternate skins throughout the post-release DLC cycle [see more]. This downloadable wardrobe will be bundled in-game as part of November's Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition!

Announced earlier in the week; the Ultimate Edition features every downloadable skin and character released so far! This includes additional playable characters: Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna & Mortal Kombat's Scorpion.

Injustice: Ultimate Edition will also bring the game to three new platforms along the current gen rereleases: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VITA & PC! Discuss all things Gods Among Us on the DC Universe Injustice forum!

Injustice: Ultimate Edition Wide Release Coming November
Injustice: Gods Among Us Comes to PS4, Vita & PC in Komplete Form.

Injustice: Gods Among Us will finally be bundled into a single box when the Ultimate Edition begins shipping November 12 in the United States.

The Ultimate Edition will include all previously released downloadable content, but more importantly, will bring the title to new platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC all receiving the complete title.

The Ultimate Edition will return to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but no release for the Nintendo Wii U platform has been announced. An international release will arrive November 29. US copies also include the tie soundtrack, featuring Depeche Mode.

Injustice: Ultimate Edition includes the six DLC characters: Lobo, Batgirl, General Zod, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna & Mortal Kombat's Scorpion. Share your thoughts about the all-in-one Ultimate Edition in the DC Universe Injustice forum.