Mortal Kombat movie doesn't feature Johnny Cage for a simple reason

Hannah Lovejoy
·2-min read
Photo credit: mortal combat
Photo credit: mortal combat

From Digital Spy

The highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat movie is one of the latest franchises to get a reboot - viewers can expect to see it from next month.

Mortal Kombat is based on the iconic video game from the 90s and will feature popular characters including Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang and Raiden amongst others. However, one character that is missing from the upcoming movie is the loud and proud Johnny Cage, the martial artist/movie star.

Speaking at a recent press event, Mortal Kombat producer Todd Garner explained that the reason for Johnny Cage not being included in this first movie is due to wanting to create a sequel just for Johnny.

Photo credit: mortal combat
Photo credit: mortal combat

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"I want to make a sequel, and I've now got Johnny Cage, which hasn't been used in the first one," Garner said (via Comicbook.com).

"So I have a big stick and carrot that maybe they'll let me have a Johnny Cage real presence in the second one. And secondarily, when you think about Mortal Kombat, if you just think about the patina of the movie, it has a very Asian feel to it. And I early on felt uncomfortable having a white male lead kind of lead that charge in the first movie."

Garner went on to explain that it felt weird for him to put Johnny in the first movie as he was trying to do something more diverse.

Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

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He said: "Is it a cop-out to all of a sudden have Ryan Reynolds, not him, but... As the lead felt a little disingenuous to me and super easy to bring him in, in a big bombastic fun way in the second.

"And he deserves that as a character. I love these characters, so we thought hard about it."

Mortal Kombat will be released in US cinemas on April 16 and will also stream on HBO Max in the US. It's set for an April 16 release in the UK, but that date is subject to change.

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