SDCC 2013: Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 Panel

By Nikole Zivalich

The cast of Mortal Kombat: Legacy stopped by Comic-Con 2013 to spread the word about season 2 of their popular webseires. Mortal Kombat Legacy is on the forefront of the digital wave of TV as it’s one of the most watched series on YouTube. Season 2 will up the ante when it comes to story development, fight sequences and yes, fatalities. The first fatality debuted at the Mortal Kombat: Legacy Comic-Con panel in a fight between Kitana, Johnny Cage and Milena. I won’t tell you who wins.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy’s director, Kevin Tancharoen has been a fan of Mortal Kombat since he was 10 or more specifically “before you could take Super Nintento home.” His love for MK led him to make the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth. The short film got the attention of Ed Boon and Warner Bros ushering in Season 1 of Legacy. After the success of season 1 Tancharoen and crew knew the next season had to be bigger, better and bloodier. Season 2’s biggest achievement, according to Kevin, is the linear narrative. Season 1 focused on stand alone origin stories whereas season 2 will focus on the Mortal Kombat tournament itself. A cohesive story will mean characters will be meeting each other, forming bonds and rivalries. For Samantha Jo, who plays Kitana, this means season 2’s fights, drama, and of course, the fatalities will be “amplified.” Even for the video game’s creator, Ed Boon, season 2 still has an element of surprise.

The cast and crew agreed the biggest challenge for season 2 will be living up to the impact season 1 left. Thanks to the availability of Legacy fans from all over the world have been able to share their love for the series across the social media space. This is easily the most rewarding part of the experience for the actors like Brian Tee who plays Liu Kang. Samantha Jo added, “the fans are so excited so it’s hard not to get excited with them. Season 3 or a film, I just hope we get to continue the story!”

The end game for Mortal Kombat, according to both Tancharoen and Boon, is another shot at the silver screen. Tancharoen foresees a Mortal Kombat film that takes place in its own MK universe being released separately from the existing Legacy web series, although he does hope that it can one day make the leap to one hour TV episodes. With a potential season 3 and a movie, it’s not hard to imagine another Mortal Kombat game is also in the works. The Xbox One and PS4 are both due this fall, would you want to play a Mortal Kombat game that followed Legacy’s gritty and realistic themes?

Mortal Kombat: Legacy will stream exclusively through Machinima this fall.

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