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‘Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match’ Throws Johnny Cage Against Malevolent Cult in a Retro 80s-Styled Red-Band Trailer

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match

The popular Mortal Kombat Legends series makes a comeback, this time venturing back into the golden era of action movies – the 80s. The prior animated film by Warner Bros. showcased Manny Jacinto’s character Kenshi rising as Earthrealm’s protector. The newest chapter, Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match, now shines the spotlight on Earthrealm’s charming action hero Johnny Cage (Joel McHale). His ambitions for Hollywood fame get sidelined when his co-actor mysteriously disappears, pulling him into a real-life battle with sinister cultists. The latest red band trailer unveils a blood-soaked narrative as Cage flexes his martial arts abilities on this perilous quest.

The trailer immediately plunges you into the nostalgic 80s vibe, thanks to the quintessential background score and dramatic voiceover. Cage’s character remains true to his original persona – immensely self-assured, Hollywood handsome, full of clever one-liners, and a fervent lover of action. His journey to this bad-assery didn’t come easy; it was martial arts that transformed him. This bravado, however, faces a severe test when an evil cult threatens human existence. The Netherrealm forces covet a scroll Cage possesses to execute their wicked plan. Despite being a mere movie star, Cage’s martial arts dedication makes him a formidable opponent, decapitating enemies and fracturing bones while maintaining his cool. The mystery deepens as his missing co-actor, Jennifer (Jennifer Grey), may be entangled in the cult’s plot, eventually leading him to face off against one of Mortal Kombat’s notorious villains, Shinnok (Robin Atkin Downes).

Who is the Overconfident Action Hero, Johnny Cage?

Cage has always been a steady figure in the Mortal Kombat franchise since his debut in the original 1992 game. His comic relief presence, even though sometimes irritating his Earthrealm protector peers due to his less than stellar intelligence and overbearing ego, has evolved over time. He’s now one of the staunchest defenders, maintaining his humour and even becoming a father along the way. Community star McHale brilliantly brings Cage to life in this animation. There are also whispers that fans might soon witness a live-action Cage, potentially portrayed by Karl Urban in Mortal Kombat 2.

Image via Warner Bros. Animation, NetherRealm Studios

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Who Joins Johnny Cage in the Cast of Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match?

Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match assembles a dynamic and exciting cast including McHale, Grey, and Downes, with additional talent from Futurama’s Phil Lamarr, voice-acting legend Grey DeLisle, the late Gilbert Gottfried, Dusan Brown, Zehra Fazal, Kelly Hu, Matt Yang King, Matthew Mercer, Dave B. Mitchell, and Armen Taylor. Returning director Ethan Spaulding commands the helm with a script penned by Justice League: Warworld’s Jeremy Adams.

The home release also packages a few exclusive extras designed to please Mortal Kombat enthusiasts. These include a featurette with McHale and an audio commentary, plus a trailer for Ninja Mime, Cage’s in-franchise blockbuster inspired by Jean-Claude Van Damme’s work and a recurring series joke. Further 80s action joy can be found in these included extras. See the details below:

Inside the Booth with Johnny Cage (featurette) – Join Joel McHale and Jennifer Grey in the VO booth and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the hurdles the filmmakers faced in bringing Johnny Cage’s 80s action film to life.
Ninja Mime Trailer – Revisit the trailer for the best 80s action movie never made: NINJA MIME!
Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match Audio Commentary – Tag along with Producers Rick Morales and Jim Krieg and Screenwriter Jeremy Adams as they detail the epic process of capturing Johnny Cage’s 80s coolness on-screen.

Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match is set to hit home video on October 17. Don’t forget to watch the trailer below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match

Who is the main character in Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match?

The main character in Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match is Johnny Cage, the wisecracking action star from Earthrealm voiced by Joel McHale.

When is Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match set?

Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match is set in the 1980s, a period known for its classic action movies.

What is the plot of Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match?

The plot of Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match revolves around Johnny Cage whose Hollywood dream is put on hold when his co-star disappears. Cage then finds himself drawn into a real-life action scenario where he battles against evil cultists.

Who is Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat series?

Johnny Cage is a recurring character in the Mortal Kombat series. He debuted in the original 1992 game as comic relief, known for his arrogance and antics. Over time, Cage has matured into a stalwart protector of Earthrealm, known for his humor, martial arts skills, and dedication to the cause.

What is the release date of Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match?

Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match will be available on home video starting from October 17.

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KellyMKFan July 24, 2023 - 11:56 pm

i just hope they do justice to johnny cage’s character here. in the games, he’s not just a comic relief, he’s a legit fighter. fingers crossed they get it right.

GameLover88 July 25, 2023 - 12:20 am

So Cage is going to fight the evil cult? well this is something new.. excited to see how they pull this off. And Cage’s humor, it’s gonna be awesome!

MortalKombatFan1992 July 25, 2023 - 2:53 pm

Man, Johnny Cage in the 80s??? This is gonna be sick! Can’t wait to see the bloodshed and those killer oneliners lol!

ActionMovieJunkie July 25, 2023 - 9:04 pm

OMG! A return to the 80s action vibe, I’m totally here for it. Who else thinks Joel McHale is just the perfect Johnny Cage?

MovieBuff101 July 25, 2023 - 9:13 pm

I gotta say, love how the series keeps reinventing itself, didn’t expect they’d tap into the 80s. This is gonna be interesting to see.


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