While the original actor who portrayed Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat is dealing with some nonsense from Warner Bros. allegedly blocking his likeness from being used in 30th anniversary merchandise, the current actor behind the character seems to be hinting he’s working on something new, perhaps teasing a long-rumored new game in the fighting series.
Andrew Bowen, who has been voicing Johnny Cage since Mortal Kombat X in 2015, posted a video yesterday evening of him at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, with Mortal Kombat II’s menu music to really lay it on thick. A twelfth entry in the Mortal Kombat series has been circulating through the rumor mill for a bit, with reporter Jeff Grubb having said, to the best of his knowledge, Mortal Kombat 12 is next on NetherRealm’s docket. This breaks my heart as an Injustice fan wishing for a third entry in the DC fighting game series, but if you were hoping for a new round of fatalities, Bowen might be recording lines for Johnny Cage’s appearance in a new game. In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to be content with the pretty awful animated adaptation.
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While Mortal Kombat 12 seems most likely at the moment, as some folks on Reddit have pointed out, there’s also a chance Johnny Cage might be appearing in something like Multiversus, which takes several characters from Warner Bros. properties and pits them against each other. But it also seems probable one of the cover characters would show up in the crossover game before Cage, such as Scorpion or Sub-Zero. Voice acting has been a key pillar of the game’s marketing since it was revealed last year, so Bowen could be lending his pipes to that game, as well. Or both? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.