- Joel McHale, who has played the character in three movies, expresses his excitement for Karl Urban’s casting as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2.
- McHale praises Urban’s acting career and calls his casting “perfect,” mentioning that he and his sons are fans of The Boys.
- Audiences can expect Mortal Kombat 2‘s Johnny Cage to potentially have a journey where he is mentored by Cole and the current fighters.
After playing the character in three movies, Joel McHale shares his excitement for Karl Urban’s casting as Johnny Cage in the upcoming Mortal Kombat 2. Urban will play the movie martial artist-turned-defender of Earthrealm in the upcoming sequel to 2021’s live-action adaptation of the bloody video game franchise. McHale has voiced Cage across two animated movies since 2020, and the Community star will return and play a central role in the upcoming third installment, Mortal Kombat Legend: Cage Match.
With Cage and other fighters joining Mortal Kombat 2 to expand the world of the live-action adaptation’s take on Netherrealm’s fighting game franchise, ComicBook.com caught up with McHale to get his thoughts on the newest actor to take on the role of Johnny. The Community star quickly celebrated Urban’s acting career as a fan of The Boys, praising his work throughout the show before stating his full support for Urban taking on the role. Check out McHale’s full response below:
[It’s] perfect casting. He’s one of the better actors around. My sons and I watch The Boys religiously, so yeah, he’s perfect. I think he was nominated for an Emmy for The Boys, pretty sure. It’s perfect casting.
What To Expect From Karl Urban’s New Mortal Kombat 2 Fighter
Johnny Cage was one of the earliest new characters to be teased for Mortal Kombat 2 ahead of production. In 2021’s Mortal Kombat’s ending, Lewis Tan’s Cole Young and the other champions of Earthrealm are asked by Raiden (Tadanobu Asano) to gather new champions to face Shang Tsung’s (Chin Han) forces ahead of the next tournament. Departing to Los Angeles on his own, it is revealed that Cole is searching for Cage when audiences are given a glimpse at a poster of one of Cage’s movies.
Cage being part of a second generation of fighters is a slight deviation from his usual role in Mortal Kombat‘s various continuities, as in both the original 1992 game, 2011 reboot, and 2023’s Mortal Kombat 1‘s new timeline, he is one of the earliest recruits to defend Earthrealm. What is consistent throughout each timeline is Johnny accepting his role with other, less noble motives, either wanting to prove his talents as a fighter, part of a publicity stunt, or a chance to craft a multimedia franchise inspired by his travels, though ultimately he becomes a hero and does the right thing. As such, audiences can expect Mortal Kombat 2′s Johnny to potentially have a journey where Cole and the current fighters mentor Cage into opening his eyes to the wider realms beyond the current status of his career.
With Urban impressing audiences as the foul-mouthed, brutal Supe slayer Billy Butcher in The Boys, his casting in Mortal Kombat 2 has created anticipation for how he takes on the egotistical, big-headed but good-hearted role of Johnny Cage. With Cage often being a cocky Hollywood A-lister trying to prove himself, Urban’s movie role has more in common with the so-called heroes he faces in the Prime Video series. However, with McHale publicly supporting Urban’s casting, it is clear that the actor has a lot of support for taking on the role in the upcoming sequel.