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When is Mortal Kombat movie coming out? Release date, cast, plot, more

Published: 12/Nov/2020 15:53

by Emma Soteriou

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Mortal Kombat producer Todd Garner has told fans that both the movie and trailer will be delayed for the foreseeable future. Here’s everything we know so far about the reboot.

Mortal Kombat is based on the video game under the same name, with this reboot being the third attempt at making it into a successful movie.

Most video game to movie adaptations are notorious for being made badly, yet fans have hope that this reboot might just get it right, especially after the improvement in the 2011 to 2013 series.

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The new logo for the reboot

When will Mortal Kombat be released?

The reboot was originally planned for March 2021, before the date was moved forward to January 15. However, the ongoing health crisis has meant that the release is being pushed back again, until theaters are back open for good.

In a recent tweet from Todd Garner – one of the movie’s producers – he explained more about their choice to delay it longer.

He later reassured fans while showing his support for Warner Bros.’ decision, saying it was the best option for the movie.

The movie is currently in post-production, with most of the filming having taken place at the end of 2019.

However, Garner’s tweets also revealed that the process hasn’t come to a complete end just yet, with a few more production days planned.

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Who will be joining the tournament?

Mortal Kombat cast and plot

The main cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, and Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade. Lin previously said that he could see himself in his character, Liu Kang, fighting for what he thought was right, even as a child.

When development on the reboot first began in 2010, it was Kevin Tancharoen – the original director – that produced a trailer to pitch to Warner Bros.

That being said, Tancharoen later left the project, with Simon McQuoid taking over as director in 2016. This will be his feature debut, with Greg Russo and Craig Callaham having written the screenplay.

As for the storyline, little is known as of yet, but if it stays close to the game, it will focus on a fighting tournament, incorporating elements of fantasy, martial arts, and more.

Though it may mean a longer wait for Mortal Kombat fans, the extra time to get the movie right could work in its favor, helping redeem the franchise on the big screen and make it a success.

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Supernatural’s Misha Collins denies claims show ‘censored’ gay storyline

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:03

by Daniel Megarry

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Supernatural star Misha Collins has addressed accusations from fans that the show’s final season played into the controversial ‘bury your gays’ trope and ‘censored’ an important scene.

With the hit CW show coming to an end after 15 seasons and a whopping 327 episodes, viewers were prepared to experience a whole range of feelings. But an unexpected response was anger, which came from fans who believe the show wronged Misha Collins’ character Castiel.

After he declared his love for Dean Winchester in the November 5 episode Despair – confirming what fans have suspected for years – Castiel was then killed off. It played into the ‘bury your gays’ trope, where TV shows and movies always kill off their LGBTQ characters, and fans aren’t happy about it.

Collins took to Twitter to address the backlash, saying he was “disheartened” to see that the fanbase was feeling unheard and unsupported, but also arguing that there were a lot of “misconceptions” surrounding the show’s finale season.

“In my opinion, Cas doesn’t play into the “bury your gays” trope,” he said in a series of tweets. “His declaration of love saves Dean, enabling Sam & Dean to save all of humanity. And Cas doesn’t die! He actually goes on to rebuild heaven!

“Was the show perfect? No. Could Cas’ departure have had more resonance in the final episodes? Sure. But I’m confident you guys can sort that part out as your writing, art, and imaginations play the story out past the last frames we filmed.”

Spanish dub led to ‘censorship’ claims from Supernatural fans

Fans have also raised their frustrations over a Spanish dub of the scene – which aired a couple of weeks behind the US – in which Dean actually says ‘I love you’ back to Castiel.

It’s an entirely different response to the English dub, where Dean remains silent.

Some viewers have now accused the CW of censoring the scene, claiming that the Spanish dub where Dean also declares his love for Castiel is the “real” ending. There’s even a hashtag #TheySilencedYou being used.

The CW has many series with prominent LGBTQ characters in them, such as the Arrowverse collection of shows, so it seems highly unlikely that the network actually censored or changed the scene – but that won’t be enough to silence the fury of the fans.

 

Collins weighed in, explaining that the Spanish dub dialogue was the result of a “rogue translator” and denied claims that there was a ‘conspiracy’ to censor a potential romance between Castiel and Dean.

“There was no conspiracy within the network, staff, or cast of [Supernatural] to minimize or erase representation from the narrative & there was no alternate ending to 15.18. Dean was always too stunned in the moment to reply,” he said.

“I naively thought Cas in 15.18 was going to feel validating. But this isn’t about me. I’m going to shut up and listen for a change. If it’s not too much to ask, please tell me what we could have done better.”

If you’re still feeling emotional that Dean and Sam’s story has come to a close, several of the show’s cast members including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Alexander Calvert have shared their best memories of their time on Supernatural.