Mortal Kombat Director Breaks Down Secrets Behind First Sub-Zero and Scorpion Footage

It’s finally here — the much-awaited Mortal Kombat trailer for the live-action reboot. Sub-Zero mercilessly rips off a man’s arm and easily dispatches a pair of Chinese assassins to the Scorpion, there’s not much. The trailer will be eyebrows high, especially for videogame enthusiasts as there are actually aspects where the film will move away from its roots. But it clings to its origins in many ways as told by the film’s director Simon McQuoid.

Jax vs Sub-Zero

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Second inauguration mortal Kombat The trailer stars Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs (Mehkud Brooks) against Joe Taslem’s ruthless sub-zero and as shared by McQuaid, this is the first time he comes face to face with the killer. And if you’ve seen the trailer, you already know that the meeting doesn’t end well because Sub-Zero starts off spontaneously, which would have thwarted Jax’s attempt to shoot him at point-blank range – a show of power that McQuoid considers necessary to set the tone for the character.

“[Sub-Zero] There is no problem freezing the gun, he is in total control. There was a whole setup to show what Sub-Zero is doing here to do all this and he shows, not really in a state of danger. “

Then comes the first of several scenes that confirm that there will be no lack of violence or gore in the film as Sub-Zero proceeds to free Jax’s weapons and then shatter them completely. is. Now, video gamers will find that Jackson’s original story tells two alternative ways that Jackson lost his arms and ended up with his iconic bionic extension — in the original time he was in a fight with Prince Goro and MK 2011’s Lost his arms in alternate times. , Ermac telekinetically ripped them off. But according to mortal Kombat Jax loses his arms, due to the trailer, Sub-Zero.

“In this film we needed to play certain characters and stories, and so it was given [Jax losing his arms] Having been parted ways over the past few years, we felt we had little license to do it again, “said Nucleoid.” We have really tried to be very truthful and true to the canon where we can be. But every now and then, we can deviate slightly where we felt it was okay to do so. “

Sub-Zero of the reboot is the main villain of the story

In one videogame, there are two versions of Sub-Zero — one is Bee-Han, who is primarily a villain and his younger brother, Cui Lang, who has a more positive outlook on becoming Sub-Zero and even That friend is brother’s nemesis too, scorpion. But McQuoid has clarified that we will not see a combined version of the two characters, such that Sib-Zero eventually becomes a hero by the end of the film. He has confirmed that the reboot’s killer is the original Sub-Zero ie Bi-Han and is going to be the main antagonist.


In the video game, Scorpion is depicted in a proper ninja-like costume mortal Kombat There is obviously a gun for looking more samurai.

“Hiroyuki Sanada was really incredibly helpful in getting Japanese history on this character. We really wanted to be very true to our heritage and make it feel very real. That’s why it was really about This touch of samurai was born. Obviously., Many versions of Scorpion’s costumes, and how they look, but out of authenticity came this version of Scorpion, which felt real, but also very powerful. “

“[Scorpion’s costume] It required armor plating with detail and there was a kind of dignity and elegance about it that matched his character from the beginning, ”he continued.

Scorpion vs sub zero

It is the rivalry of Scorpion and Sub-Zero that is the most important part in the video game and the live-action reboot will also follow a similar pattern, as we see one of the members of the Hanozi Hashi aka Scorpion Lin Qi clan Is facing a fatal attack. .

“It’s really about watching [Scorpion’s] Why does he become a scorpion, both emotionally and physically, on screen and by components. And so it is explained during the opening of our film. And it is a very cruel, bad fight. “

But apart from his appearance, everything else is designed according to the video game, such as Scorpion’s signature “Javelin.”

“We did a research into what a kunai actually is, and it was originally, not exclusively, but it was often used as a gardening tool in 14th century, Japan,” McCoid explained. “Hence [Scorpion] There is a kunai at the end of that rope because that is all he has at that time. You’ll see how he adapts and turns that rope and that gardening tool into a very deadly weapon that actually works. “

But the costumes, props and special effects may prove to be ineffective if the actors are not playing their part fully. The characters of McQuoid Scorpion and Sub-Zero wanted to be defined by more than just their powers and thankfully both actors exceeded their expectations.

“Joe Taslim did an amazing job [as Sub-Zero.] He represented Indonesia for Judo, so the boy is an athlete and he shows it, and the appearance he brought to the character was extraordinary, “he shared.” [Scorpion actor] Hiroyuki Sanada is a very talented swordsman and athlete in his own way. The physicality between these two people was quite extraordinary to see. Just years of experience and ability to perform these tricks was like a baked in all. … the level of toughness and physicality that I wanted to bring to the film, and those people definitely gave it. “

mortal Kombat Is set to release in theaters on April 16 and on HBO Max. This news comes to us through IGN.

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