The reboot of Mortal Kombat, which was released in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time in 2021, gave the franchise a new opportunity to become one of the most successful blockbuster movies of all time. This was part of Warner Bros.’ strategy to recover from the loss of box office revenue that occurred when movie theaters were forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, it is rather difficult to determine how much of a genuine metric Mortal Kombat’s box office gross of only $84.4 million (on a budget of $55 million) actually is. The movie had a budget of $55 million. The sum of the film’s viewing statistics and its gross at the box office must have been sufficient evidence for Warner Bros. to make the announcement that a sequel to Mortal Kombat is in the works early this year.
Mortal Kombat 2 will see Simon McQuoid back in the director’s chair to head the sequel, but what about all of the franchise’s other stars? Scorpion, also known as “Hanzo Hasashi,” was portrayed in the first Mortal Kombat film by Hiroyuki Sanada, a Japanese actor and martial artist. The plot of the film revolved on Scorpion. It may be said that the tale of Hanzo/Scorpion was one of the few storylines in Mortal Kombat that was fully explored from the very beginning to the very conclusion. Cole Young, played by Lewis Tan, is the new protagonist of the series and was recently revealed to be a descendant of Scorpion as well as the new keeper of the Hasashi bloodline and its associated abilities. Therefore, is it really necessary for Hiroyuki Sanada to make a comeback for Mortal Kombat 2?
During the press event for Hiroyuki Sanada’s new film Bullet Train, ComicBook.com had the opportunity to meet with the actor. In the course of our conversation, we had to inquire about the possibility of this renowned actor once again contributing his presence to Mortal Kombat 2. According to what the actor says, there is nothing more to reveal at this time. The actor answered when asked who he would want to see portray Johnny Cage in the next installment of the Mortal Kombat film franchise. He does not yet know who the killer is, but it may be one of the killers from Bullet Train.