Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge was the franchises’ first animated foray into hard-R-rated territory and now its sequel is positioned to be the second. Warner Bros. announced Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, the follow-up to the 2019 film that’s set to have a lot of returning voice actors as well as a handful of new ones. There is no solid release date, but, surprisingly, it will be out by “late summer.” It’s also not clear if this will be streaming on HBO Max at launch like WB’s other films, which included the live-action Mortal Kombat reboot from April 2021.
TheHollywoodReporter reported of the film’s existence and detailed its cast. Joel McHale and Jennifer Carpenter will reprise their starring roles as Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, respectively. Most other characters that weren’t gruesomely slaughtered will also return. Jordan Rodrigues’ Liu Kang, Patrick Seitz’ Scorpion, Artt Butler’s Shang Tsung, Downes’ Shinnok, Dave B. Mitchell’s Raiden, Ikè Amadi’s Jax, Grey Griffin’s Kitana, and Fred Tatasciore’s Shao Kahn should be recognizable for those who saw the Scorpion’s Revenge. However, Butler will also be playing Cyrax, Downes will voice Reiko, Mitchell will play Kintaro and Sektor, and Griffin will be behind the popular Tarkatan and Edenian hybrid, Mileena.
There are also a slew of new actors as well. Matthew Mercer is set to play the cop Stryker and ninja Smoke. Bayardo De Murguia will be Sub-Zero and Kuai Liang. Matt Yang King will voice Kung Lao. Paul Nakauchi is going to play the Lin Kuei Grandmaster. Emily O’Brien will portray the Edenian Jade. And Debra Wilson will depict Mortal Kombat X newcomer D’Vorah for the first time in any non-game adaptation of the franchise. De Murguia is likely not replacing Steve Blum as Sub-Zero as Blum’s Sub-Zero was Bi-Han, who goes on to become Noob Saibot, and De Murguia is playing Kuai Liang.
A lot of the creative talent is coming back, too. Ethan Spaulding is returning to direct Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms. Screenwriter Jeremy Adams wrote the film. Rick Morales and Jim Krieg are still serve as producers and Sam Register, who is the executive producer. Ed Boon, series co-creator, is also a creative consultant. Warner Bros. Animation and game studio NetherRealm are both behind the project.