Warner Brothers has set a 2021 release date for its long awaited Mortal Kombat theatrical reboot. First-time feature director Simon McQuoid will begin shooting in South Australia later this year, with pre-production beginning very soon, according to a recent announcement.

Deadline reports the March 5th, 2021 release will put Mortal Kombat in a direct box office showdown with Sony's recently delayed Masters of the Universe.

The He-Man reboot has been pushed back significantly from its previous target of December this year. Only twenty-four hours separates the two scheduling announcements, lending to speculation there may yet be another change for one of the films. Although He-Man typically skews younger in demographic, the properties will likely attract overlapping audiences. DC Comics recently produced a He-Man crossover with another NetherRealm Studios video game property, the six-issue Injustice vs Masters of the Universe.

Mortal Kombat's return to the big screen has had its false starts over the years, but has been steadily advancing since James Wan joined as producer in 2015. The Aquaman director has navigated business and scripting challenges, expressing a desire to "do it right" throughout. Simon McQuoid has been attached to direct since late 2016.

With filming beginning later this year, an early 2021 release will give the film a solid year of filming and post-production. Follow and discuss all the progress with us in the Media & Merchandise forum!