|Based on||Mortal Kombat|
by Ed Boon & John Tobias
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Budget||Total (3 films)|
|Box office||Total (3 films)|
Mortal Kombat is an American series of martial arts action films based on the fighting video game series of the same name by Midway Games. The first film was produced by Lawrence Kasanoff’s Threshold Entertainment.
The first film, Mortal Kombat, was released in 1995 and its sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, was released in 1997. After the two films, game publisher Midway filed for bankruptcy. Warner Bros., having become the parent of New Line Cinema in 2008 (after over a decade of both operating as separate divisions of Time Warner), made a bid to purchase most of Midway's assets, including Mortal Kombat. In June 2009, Kasanoff and Threshold sued in bankruptcy court, arguing that they owned the copyright to many of the characters from the series.
On July 1, 2009, the bankruptcy court approved the sale of most of Midway's assets to Warner Bros. subject to the intellectual property claims of Threshold Entertainment. After years of development hell, a reboot of the series was released in April 2021.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Mortal Kombat||August 18, 1995||Paul W. S. Anderson||Kevin Droney||Lawrence Kasanoff|
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||November 21, 1997||John R. Leonetti||Brent V. Friedman and Bryce Zabel||Lawrence Kasanoff, Joshua Wexler and John Tobias|
|Mortal Kombat||April 23, 2021||Simon McQuoid||Greg Russo and David Callaham||Oren Uziel and Greg Russo||James Wan and Todd Garner|
Main article: Mortal Kombat (1995 film)
Three unknown martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.
Main article: Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
A group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion.
Main article: Mortal Kombat (2021 film)
A washed-up mixed martial arts fighter named Cole Young is unaware of his hidden lineage or why assassin Sub Zero is hunting him down. Concerned for the safety of his family, he seeks out a clique of fighters that were chosen to defend Earthrealm against Outworld.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director(s)||Screenwriter(s)||Producer(s)|
|Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins||April 11, 1995||Joseph Francis||Kevin Droney||Lawrence Kasanoff and Alison Savitch|
|Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge||April 14, 2020||Ethan Spaulding||Jeremy Adams||Rick Morales and Jim Krieg|
On April 11, 1995, New Line Home Video, Turner Home Entertainment and Threshold Entertainment released a tie-in animated film on VHS and Laserdisc, titled Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins. Serving as a prequel to the feature film, it follows the protagonists Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade as they travel on a mysterious boat to the Mortal Kombat tournament. On the way they meet Raiden, who provides them with some hints about how to survive the tournament and defeat Shang Tsung and his army of Tarkatan minions. Upon arriving at the island where the battles takes place, Raiden retells the origins of Shang Tsung, Goro, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the Great Kung Lao in between fight scenes.
The film featured a combination of traditional animation, motion capture, and CGI to explain the origins behind some of the movie's main characters, as well as a fifteen-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the theatrical release. Trailers of the film were seen on the promotional screener VHS copy, and on other VHS releases from Turner Home Entertainment and New Line Home Video. The film was included on the Mortal Kombat Blu-ray released in April 2011.
Main article: Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge
In January 2020, it was reported that a direct-to-video animated film called Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge was to be released by Warner Bros. Animation on digital April 14, 2020, and would be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on April 28, 2020. The film would be directed by Ethan Spaulding and written by Jeremy Adams. The voice cast includes Patrick Seitz as Scorpion, Steve Blum as Sub-Zero, Darin De Paul as Quan Chi, Jordan Rodrigues as Liu Kang, Joel McHale as Johnny Cage, & Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. Kevin Michael Richardson also reprises his role of Goro from the 1995 live action film. The film's premise centers around Scorpion seeking revenge on those who murdered his family and clan, after being resurrected by Quan Chi, while Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade are chosen to participate in the Mortal Kombat tournament to save Earthrealm from Outworld.
|V||Indicates the actor/actress lent only their voice for their film character.|
|Dark gray cell indicates the character was not in the film.|
|Characters||Animated films||Live-action films|
The Journey Begins
|Mortal Kombat Legends:
|Mortal Kombat||Mortal Kombat:
|Liu Kang||Randy HamiltonV||Jordan RodriguesV||Robin Shou||Ludi Lin|
|Sonya Blade||Jennifer HaleV||Jennifer CarpenterV||Bridgette Wilson||Sandra Hess||Jessica McNamee|
|Johnny Cage||Jeff Glen BennettV||Joel McHaleV||Linden Ashby||Chris Conrad||Pictured|
|Raiden||Ron A. FeinbergV||Dave B. MitchellV||Christopher Lambert||James Remar||Tadanobu Asano|
|Scorpion||Ed BoonV||Patrick SeitzV||Chris Casamassa||J.J. Perry||Hiroyuki Sanada|
|Sub-Zero||Jim CummingsV||Steve BlumV||François Petit||Keith Cooke||Joe Taslim|
|Shang Tsung||Artt ButlerV||Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa||Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
|Goro||Ron A. FeinbergV||Kevin Michael RichardsonV||Tom Woodruff Jr.||Angus SampsonV|
|Kevin Michael RichardsonV|
|Kitana||Grey GriffinV||Talisa Soto|
|Kano||Robin Atkin DownesV||Trevor Goddard||Josh Lawson|
|Jax||Ike AmadiV||Gregory McKinney||Lynn Red Williams||Mehcad Brooks|
|Shao Kahn||Fred TatascioreV||Frank WelkerV||Brian Thompson||Pictured|
|Shinnok||Robin Atkin DownesV||Reiner Schöne||Appeared|
|Quan Chi||Darin De PaulV|
|Art Lean||Kenneth Edwards|
|Reptile||Appeared||Keith Cooke||Keith Cooke
|Chan Kang||Steven Ho||Steven Ho
|Mileena||Dana Hee||Sisi Stringer|
|Jade||Deleted scene||Irina Pantaeva|
|Cole Young||Lewis Tan|
|Kung Lao||Max Huang|
|Mortal Kombat||Mortal Kombat:
|Director(s)||Paul W.S. Anderson||John R. Leonetti||Simon McQuoid|
|Producer||Lawrence Kasanoff||James Wan|
E. Bennett Walsh
|Writer(s)||Kevin Droney||Screenplay by
Brent V. Friedman
|Composer||George S. Clinton||Benjamin Wallfisch|
|Director(s) of photography||John R. Leonetti||Matthew F. Leonetti||Germain McMicking|
|Editor(s)||Martin Hunter||Peck Prior||Scott Gray|
|Production company(s)||Threshold Entertainment||New Line Cinema|
Atomic Monster Productions
Broken Road Productions
|Distributor(s)||New Line Cinema||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Film||U.S. release date||Box office revenue||Budget||Reference|
|Mortal Kombat||August 18, 1995||$73,000,000||$51,741,822||$124,741,822||$18 million|||
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||November 21, 1997||$35,927,406||$15,449,455||$51,376,861||$30 million|||
|Mortal Kombat||April 23, 2021||$41,239,383||$38,500,000||$79,739,383||$55 million|||
|Mortal Kombat||44% (43 reviews)||60 (13 reviews)||A–|
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||2% (44 reviews)||11 (12 reviews)||C+|
|Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge||90% (21 reviews)|
|Mortal Kombat (2021)||55% (277 reviews)||44 (43 reviews)||B+|
|Title||U.S. release date||Length||Composer(s)||Label|
|Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||August 15, 1995||68:28||Various Artists||TVT|
|Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Score||October 11, 1995||42:01||George S. Clinton||Rykodisc|
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||October 28, 1997||72:08||TVT|
|Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||April 16, 2021||79:37||Benjamin Wallfisch||WaterTower Music|
A novelization of the first movie by "Martin Delrio" (James D. Macdonald and Debra Doyle) was released through Tor Books. It is based on an early version of the film's script, and as such it includes several deleted or unfilmed scenes, such as a fight between Sonya Blade and Jade.