The sequel to the hit film Mortal Kombat is currently in production, and fans are eagerly waiting for any updates on the cast, plot, and action scenes. One of the most anticipated characters in Mortal Kombat 2 is Johnny Cage, the charismatic Hollywood star and martial artist who was teased at the end of the first movie. The role of Johnny Cage has been confirmed to be played by Karl Urban, the actor known for his roles in The Boys, Star Trek, and Dredd. However, until now, fans have not seen how Urban will look like as Johnny Cage in the movie.
That changed recently, when the producer of Mortal Kombat 2, Todd Garner, posted a photo on his Twitter account that showed a close-up of Johnny Cage’s belt buckle. The buckle is a silver rectangle with the initials “JC” engraved on it, and it looks similar to the one worn by Johnny Cage in the video games. Garner captioned the photo with a simple “pic.twitter.com/hNb2sN8sPX”, leaving fans to speculate and comment on the reveal.
Some fans expressed their excitement and praised Urban’s casting as Johnny Cage, while others were disappointed and wanted to see more of the character’s costume and appearance. Some fans also pointed out that the belt buckle looked too plain and generic, and suggested that it should have more details or colors to match Johnny Cage’s personality and style.
What to Expect from Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2
Johnny Cage is one of the original and most popular characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise, and he has appeared in almost every game, comic, and media adaptation. He is known for his cocky attitude, witty remarks, flashy moves, and signature sunglasses. He is also one of the main protagonists and allies of the Earthrealm warriors, who fight against the evil forces of Outworld and Netherrealm in the Mortal Kombat tournaments.
In the first Mortal Kombat movie, Johnny Cage was absent and only mentioned by name, as the main focus was on the new character Cole Young, who joined the Earthrealm team led by Sonya Blade and Jax. The movie ended with Cole leaving his MMA career and heading to Hollywood to recruit Johnny Cage for the next tournament, as shown by a poster of Johnny Cage’s movie “Citizen Cage” in a locker room.
According to the reports and teasers, Mortal Kombat 2 will feature more characters and locations from the video games, and it will take the Earthrealm heroes to the Netherrealm, the hellish realm ruled by the sorcerer Quan Chi and the fallen elder god Shinnok. The movie will also introduce other fan-favorite characters such as Kitana, Jade, Shao Kahn, and Scorpion, who was killed in the first movie but will return in some form.
Johnny Cage’s role and arc in Mortal Kombat 2 are still unknown, but fans can expect him to bring some humor, drama, and action to the movie. Urban, who is 51 years old, will likely play an older version of Johnny Cage, who is past his prime as a movie star and seeks a new challenge and purpose in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Urban has proven his skills and charisma in various genres and roles, and he will surely deliver a memorable performance as Johnny Cage.
Mortal Kombat 2 Release Date and Cast
Mortal Kombat 2 does not have an official release date yet, but it is expected to come out sometime in 2024. The movie was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA writer’s strike in 2023, and it resumed filming in November 2023. The movie is directed by Simon McQuoid, who also helmed the first movie, and written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham.
The cast of Mortal Kombat 2 includes Karl Urban as Johnny Cage, Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Josh Lawson as Kano, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Daniel Nelson as Kabal, Elissa Cadwell as Nitara, Tati Gabrielle as Jade, and Benedict Wong as Quan Chi.