With the recent announcement of Sly Stallone’s Rambo joining the Mortal Kombat 11 roster, we can’t help but appreciate everything the Netherrealm developers have done with all ensemble of guest characters. From Freddy Kruger to Predator to the Terminator, Ed Boon and his team have managed to bring to life some of the most recognizable action and horror icons to face off in kombat. Furthermore we will be checking out some other fun and exciting guest characters that could possibly make their way into the Mortal Kombat universe to perform some wicked fatalities and finish the competition. Characters that have been largely hinted at will not be featured on this list, sorry Ash Williams.
As cool as the original Leonidas is in the history books, the one we would want to explore would be Frank Millers version from his acclaimed graphic novel 300 and the iteration from Zack Snyders film. The hardcore and bloody themes of 300 has Mortal Kombat written all over it. As leader of the Spartans, Leonidas could bring to the battleground three of his weapons used in the film. His sword, shield and spear could all be used as he hacks and slashes his way through his enemies. Playing similar to how Wonder Woman feels in Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2.
Although they could use Sly again after his performance as Rambo, we definitely would prefer to see Karl Urbans from the 2012 film. Armed with guns and being an expert marksman, Judge Dredd would bring his own fashion of justice to the combatants. Not the most agile or quick of characters, we would for sure show a much more impressive sense of speed than some of the other larger characters. Considering that style, he would most likely play out very similarly to the way the Terminator or Robocop does in Mortal Kombat 11, with a hint of Batman from the Injustice games.
Taking a look at the Pennywise used in the 2017 reboot played by Bill Skarsgård. While many think of Pennywise as a child eating clown (which is partly is), he is actually an alien with the ability to shapeshift into people’s darkest fears. An interesting concept that can be explored through gameplay, would be a style similar to Shang Tsung in previous games but with transformations into some of his memorable variations like the leaper in the first film or the old woman in the second. Imagine a fatality involving his unhinged mouth, taking a bit out of his enemies.
It was between John Wick and Neo and as cool as Neo would be, I thought I would only pick one Keanu Reeves character. With the amount of exposure Reeves has been receiving, including a role in the game Cyberpunk 2077, I don’t think he would have much problem playing one of his favorite characters for a game. Introducing a high octane style of gun-fu to the roster, John Wick can even the odds of combat with his large arsenal of guns and his relentlessness to eliminate his targets. I also don’t see anyone else having a problem if he wanted to bring along his knives, books or pencil… Please bring the pencil.
Since Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface have all made their debut in the franchise, it’s a bit strange we haven’t gotten this iconic slasher on the roster. Michael Myers is one of the most recognizable killers in pop culture, basically an unstoppable force as he hacks his way through his prey with simply a kitchen knife. While it might be a bit difficult to not make him too similar to how Jason felt in Mortal Kombat X, but I don’t doubt the creative team can come up with a unique combat system, brutalities and fatalities Michael can use against the kombatants.
From the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill, the Bride is one of the most deadly female action stars to appear on screen. Uma Thurman plays Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo, a ruthless ninja warrior from the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. A master of the kung fu technique hung gar and proficient with a sword, The Bride would make for an excellent addition to the roster. Playing similar to Skarlet from the 2011 Mortal Kombat and Robin from Injustice 2, the combination of her combat and sword technique makes her a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention a fatality featuring her Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
Created by James O’Barr, however we would want to use Brandon Lee’s version from the 1994 film. The dark and gothic tone of the Crow and his world is something that would fit in Netherrealm, with creepy make up and all black ensemble. Eric Draven was a man who was killed and resurrected by a crow to seek vengeance on those who did him wrong. With enchanced strength, speed and agility. The Crow would pose as a worthy adversary against the likes of other martial arts based characters. Personally, I also think it would be pretty cool to see his interactions with Liu Kang, since Brandon Lee’s father was Bruce Lee and was used as inspiration for Liu Kang.
Any Universal Monster
With already various monsters to grace the roster, why not bring back the classics for a fight? We could have simply made a list describing each Universal monster and how they could battle in combat, we decided we would really be happy with any of them. Dracula could use similar gameplay to characters like Batman or Raiden, Frankenstein would resemble Jason Voorhees or Solomon Gundy, The Wolfman could follow the likes of Mileena and Cheeta from Injustice. There are really so many ways you could go with these iconic characters and so much mythology to create incredible combat systems. If not those three, then perhaps The Creature from the Black Lagoon or The Mummy.
If you’re going to have monsters, might as well have the monster killer. Created by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula. Van Helsing is a professor of the supernatural and has figured out various forms of defense and offense against monsters. Bring this hunter against the monsters of Mortal Kombat with his revolver, knife, wooden stake and silver crucifix. While the most recognizable variations of this character come from Vanessa Van Helsing from the series or Gabriel Van Helsing from the film starring Hugh Jackman. I do believe the creative team could come up with a completely original and unique version to bring into the game.
Anyone from Justice League Dark
Scorpion in Injustice, Raiden and Sub-Zero in Injustice 2 and Joker in Mortal Kombat 11 has definitely opened the door to the possibility of more DC crossovers into the Netherrealm. However, we once again face the dilemma of not being able to decide on one. But if we were to pick any, it would have to be from the Justice League Dark roster. Zatanna and Swamp Thing have already made appearances in previous games but we have yet to see John Constantine, Etrigan, Deadman and many of the other characters from this supernatural team. If they choose not to bring them into the next Injustice installment, we hope to see them face off against the kombatants.