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Before COVID, Mortal Kombat was supposed to be released in theaters on January 15, 2021. Due to the rise in COVID cases, and the fact that theaters in New York City have yet to be opened, studios have had to rethink their strategy on how they plan to release some of their high profile films.

Last month, after being pushed back theatrically more times than Donald Trump’s hairline, WB announced that they are releasing Wonder Woman on HBO Max Christmas day.

Speaking of HBO Max, Variety recently did an article on how studios are strategizing to bring their films to moviegoers in a post-COVID world.

At one point WB considered releasing Mortal Kombat on HBO Max like they’re doing with Wonder Woman. They decided not to release it on a streaming service, and will release the film when theaters reopen.

The cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Chin Han as Shang Tsun, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, stuntwoman Elissa Cadwell as Nitara, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. My baby daddy Lewis Tan is playing an unknown leading character.

With COVID cases rising, and some states going back into lockdown, I think Hollywood needs to take that big L, and release the films that were slated for theatrical release this year to streaming services like HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Shudder and Amazon Prime.

With a vaccine just around the corner, it might not be available to the masses until late summer, 2021, so why continue overstuffing the calendar with two years worth of movies?

As much as I would love to see Mortal Kombat, A Quiet Place Part II, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius, Candyman, Antlers, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, Black Widow, Halloween Kills, Godzilla vs. Kong and more in theaters, I’m not risking sitting in a theater until there’s an available vaccine.

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