A Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Animated Movie Was Rejected by WB

There may not be an animated film coming, but Mortal Kombat and DC's universes show promise for future crossovers.

A Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Animated Movie Was Rejected by WB

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  • Mortal Kombat and DC characters in games show a promising future for further collabs.
  • According to Jeremy Adams, WB doesn't hold a strong interest in producing a DC-MK animated film.
  • Mortal Kombat 1's upcoming DLC has Peacekeeper, which hints at more possible collabs.
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Mortal Kombat and DC sharing the screen would make for a promising plotline. However, this idea for an animated film might not be happening, based on Jeremy Adams’ recent statement. According to the screenwriter, a concept for the crossover was pitched, but there’s no interest from the studio in producing more animated content featuring the two franchises. 

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During an interview, Adams was questioned about the two massive franchises ever collaborating or turning against each other in a possible animated series.

Mortal Kombat and DC – An Idea Warner Bros. Isn’t a Big Fan of at the Moment

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) featured iconic characters from both universes
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) featured iconic characters from both universes

In an interview with ComicBook, Adams revealed how he once pitched the epic idea of these two franchises coming into a single universe. However, this took a turn. According to him:

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I would lower your expectations. I don’t know if they have any plans to do more. I do know that we pitched that a while ago, but it was kind of rebuffed. Well, I think at the end of the day, I don’t know if they’re ever going to do any more.

I hope they do, and I hope they call me to be involved. That would be great because I really love it. But I don’t know. I don’t know.

I think it would be really cool though. Trust me, I would love to see a DC Mortal Kombat. That would be super, super cool.

In the past few years, the popular fighting franchise has seen quite the fan-following and rise in movie as well as game production. Mortal Kombat (2021) was a success across the globe and also had animated spin-offs: Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms and Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind. A year before, we got Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge too. 

As it happens, Adams was the key screenwriter for these films, so the enthusiasm has been in good hands. However, the future of the cross-over between these two remains under speculation. 

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At present, a live-action sequel of 2021’s Mortal Kombat movie is being worked on. Furthermore, DC movies are experiencing a ‘touch up’, as DCU’s Chapter One: Gods and Monsters is on its way. This does have the potential to bring lesser-known characters into the spotlight.

Mortal Kombat and DC on the Same Screen – Can It Still Be a Thing?

Mortal Kombat 1's upcoming DLC - 'Kombat Pack' will include Peacemaker.
Mortal Kombat 1‘s upcoming DLC – ‘Kombat Pack‘ will include Peacemaker.

Back in 2008, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe pioneered the battle between the two big franchises, which later paved the way for more collaborations and easter eggs in one game or another. In the game’s timeline, Raiden and Superman battled against invasions from their respective worlds. When these two fight in their individual realms, the separate universes merge, giving rise to the game’s backdrop. 

In fact, 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us gave us a powerful look at how DC characters can go against each other. In the grand scheme of things, these characters facing Mortal Kombat under the creative lens of animation studios would be the icing on the cake. 

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Some of you might remember Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, the infamous mobile game. One of the side missions revolved around taking down Kano, the leader of the Black Dragon Clan in the Mortal Kombat universe. This kind of crossover is still a thing, with Peacemaker from the DC universe making his way into Mortal Kombat 1 in an upcoming DLC. 

On the flip side, players got to see Scorpion as a DLC fighter in the original Injustice: Gods Among Us. And the sequel had Sub-Zero and Raiden as part of the DLC roster. At this point, we might as well believe that the two franchises have a tradition of fighting one another’s characters, or at least including a reference or two. 

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Written by Tanay Sharma

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Tanay wears more hats than Red Dead Redemption 2 characters. He's a musician, writer, voice-over artist and adores interactive media. His favourite games are the ones with memorable stories and characters. He's pursuing a master's degree in Behavioural Sciences. No, he won't read your mind.