MORTAL KOMBAT Actor Mehcad Brooks Says the Upcoming Reboot Will Be Grounded in Reality
Although NetherRealm Studios generally doesn't seem to be interested in making their games as realistic as possible — just look at the finishing moves in Injustice 2 — the Mortal Kombat reboot will take the series in a whole new direction. Don't worry, the James Wan–produced flick will still feature some gruesome fatalities.
During a recent chat with podcaster Duncan Trussell, True Blood actor Mehcad Brooks — who plays Jax in the movie — revealed brand-new details on Simon McQuoid's reboot of the Mortal Kombat movie series.
According to Brooks, the Mortal Kombat picture will be grounded in reality, taking direct inspiration from Tim Burton’s Batman. In the actor's opinion, the award-winning director turned the campy superhero genre into "something dark, and grounded, and real, and based in physics" with his take on the Dark Knight, and that's something the production crew will try to recreate in Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat.
"When I approached Jax I was like okay, well, he’s an assassin, he’s a killer, and he kills monsters, so he has to be a monster," Brooks explained. "And I was stuck on this Ernest Hemingway quote, and I’m sure I’m gonna fuck it up, but it goes along the lines of ‘Once you’ve hunted and killed trained men long enough, you have very little taste for anything else in the world,’ and that’s who Jax is."
"That’s how I found this grounded realism in him," he added. "Who was he before he was hunting monsters?" While the movie will try to deal with more serious subjects, it will still embrace the classic's vibes.
"Yes, you’re gonna get all the fatalities that you’re used to, all the fight moves that you wanna see - of course, we had to put all that stuff in there," the actor said. "But you’re also getting a real story about real people that you can connect with and identify with, and identify with their struggles, and that’s the part that’s gonna be really unexpected."
Scored by Blade Runner 2049 composer Benjamin Wallfisch, Mortal Kombat is coming to theatres on January 15. Given that the world still hasn't found a solution to the coronavirus problem, it's safe to say that the movie will be pushed back, just like almost every other Hollywood movie currently in the works.