Johnny Cage will appear in the sequel, according to Mortal Kombat writer Jeremy Slater, though the extent of his involvement is unknown.
Johnny Cage will feature in Mortal Kombat 2, according to the sequel’s writer. The reboot sequel, based on the iconic video game created by Ed Boon and John Tobias, will be written by Moon Knight showrunner Jeremy Slater. In 2021, director Simon McQuoid and a cast that featured Lewis Tan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jessica McNamee, Joe Taslim, Josh Lawson, Mehcad Brooks, and Tadanobu Asano resurrected the Mortal Kombat franchise.
Mortal Kombat made a good premiere in theatres and on HBO Max, grossing $83 million, a strong showing considering the dual release and the effects of the epidemic. Slater stated earlier this year that he and the filmmakers are implementing lessons learned from the previous film to Mortal Kombat 2, including embracing “weirdness” while presenting a picture that “no one expects.” The first Mortal Kombat film included a slew of popular gaming characters, including several created particularly for the film, but Johnny Cage was noticeably absent from the cast.
Slater tells ComicBook that Cage will feature in Mortal Kombat 2, but he’s not sure how involved he’ll be. Slater goes on to remark that without having Cage in the sequel would “feel odd,” especially because the original film set up his entrance at the finale. He wants to do “the definitive rendition” of Cage, bringing him to life in live-action. Read the rest of Slater’s comments below:
In the Mortal Kombat universe, Jonathan Carlton aka Johnny Cage is a Hollywood actor and martial artist known for his flamboyant arrogance and comic comments. Cage is one of the franchise’s most popular characters, and he frequently appears alongside his allies Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, and Raiden. The character was played by actor Linden Ashby in the initial Mortal Kombat adaption in 1995, as well as throughout the games.
Fans have already begun fan-casting Johnny Cage, with many believing that Ryan Reynolds would be the greatest choice to play him in Mortal Kombat 2, given his physicality and comedic timing. However, there are a slew of names that might be considered for the part, and it’s probable that several stars will be examined before a winner emerges. Fans will be expecting Johnny Cage’s Mortal Kombat 2 appearance to be in keeping with his video game persona, which has been so prominent since his first appearance in 1992. Whoever lands the part will have large shoes to fill.