Celebrated actor J.K. Simmons has been confirmed as the voice of Omni-Man in the eagerly anticipated Mortal Kombat 1.
The announcement has stirred up a frenzy among fans who had been speculating about the potential inclusion of the Invincible’s character in the game’s roster. The game is expected to launch on multiple platforms, including PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S, on September 19, creating quite a buzz within the gaming community.
Mortal Kombat 1 takes players into a new timeline, a continuation from Mortal Kombat 11, where Kronika decided to reset the timeline due to Raiden’s ceaseless interventions. The new timeline promises several changes, most notably the return of Mileena and the transformation of Raiden into a human.
J.K. Simmons’ storied career spans TV and film, with notable roles in The Closer, La La Land, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and Justice League’s Commissioner Gordon.
Yet his 2021 casting as the voice actor for Nolan Grayson/Omni-Man in Invincible truly cemented his status as a voiceover artist.
Given his riveting portrayal of one of Superman’s most iconic evil versions, fans have eagerly welcomed his appointment as Omni-Man’s voice actor in Mortal Kombat 1.
The trailer also confirmed the inclusion of The Boys’ Homelander and DC’s Peacemaker in Mortal Kombat 1, further heightening the anticipation. Both characters will be part of the game’s DLC lineup, along with Mortal Kombat veterans Quan Chi, Takeda, and Ermac, as well as new entrants Baraka, Tanya, Li Mei, Darrius, and Khameleon.
Mortal Kombat 1 follows Street Fighter 6 in what promises to be a stellar year for fighting games. The game’s stress test took place in June, with a console-exclusive beta test scheduled for August. PC players are still waiting for the chance to test the game before its release, with hopes pinned on potential announcements at EVO 2023.
In a delightful nod to the crossover potential of Mortal Kombat games, characters from popular movies and TV shows have also been featured in previous installments. The franchise has seen an array of guest characters from films and shows, including Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo, Jason Voorhees, Spawn, Predator, Freddy Krueger, RoboCop, and a Xenomorph from Alien, which only fuels expectations for Mortal Kombat 1.
Fans of Invincible and J.K. Simmons will also be treated to the release of Invincible Season 2, just weeks after the launch of Mortal Kombat 1. This, coupled with the announcement of Simmons’ reprisal as Omni-Man, sets an exciting stage for the rest of 2023 in the gaming world.
Given the hype and anticipation surrounding Mortal Kombat 1 and the inclusion of fan-favorite Omni-Man, fans and critics alike are eagerly awaiting what promises to be a thrilling, action-packed addition to the Mortal Kombat franchise.