“They just look cooler as animated characters”
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms officially released on August 31, which means we got our second Mortal Kombat movie of the year. The first was the live-action production released months ago, but this one follows the story of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge and therefore became an animated film again. This animated medium is one that many people believe is best suited for the franchise given its roots in video games, and Battle of the realms producer Rick Morales is inclined to agree.
Morales spoke to ComicBook.com ahead of the release of Battle of the kingdoms to discuss moments big and small in the movie as well as the decisions made to create those Mortal Kombat experiences. The producer has a long history in animation through different properties like Scooby-Doo !, Ben 10, Justice League, and the next Injustice: Gods Among Us movie, so he admitted that he was naturally oriented towards animation. Even so, he said that the animated format works so well as it allows for such pure character designs.
“I think I’m biased, because I work in animation. I love the animation, ”said Morales. “And I just think a lot of that stuff, even the superhero stuff … hearts, I feel like it works better in animation, just because you can get a design so pure. for the character.
Morales went on to use Superman as an example and said that the animated designs of this sort of hero aren’t questioned as often. He said the same logic applies to the Mortal Kombat characters we see in Battle of the realms.
“Nobody questions flying Superman with the cape and the look and stuff, in a very pure sense of design. I think it’s the same with these characters. In my mind, they just look more. cool as animated characters.
Giving credit where it’s due, Morales also praised what has been done in the games, with Mortal Kombat’s most recent game being Mortal Kombat 11. He said that “the stuff they do in video games now is so well done”, although he said that animated films are able to focus differently on characters who don’t show up. maybe not as well or as frequently in live productions.
“We can portray it in a slightly different way than they can in video games, where it’s like hyper-realistic stuff, CG and all that,” Morales said. “And I think we can take it down to a more stripped down basic design level and kind of show these characters from that angle. And I think they work really well there, where when maybe sometimes in live action, they don’t. “
Given his confidence in animation, among other reasons, it makes sense that Morales also said he didn’t feel any pressure to have to follow the film live.
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms is now available on Digital, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack. You can check out our review of the film here.