The origin of Mortal Kombat was a mooted video game adaptation of the classic Jean Claude Van Damme flick, Bloodsport.
One of the legacies of that heritage is a character who began life as an adaption of JCVD’s character Frank Dux (himself based on a famous martial artist who was either Anderson Silva before Anderson Silva or was talking absolute nonsense). This character would have been the main character of the original game but, as the Bloodsport adaptation was reworked into something new, he retreated into the background and became a more direct reworking of Jean Claude Van Damme himself.
JCVD's dive kick was actually safe on block, making him borderline OP.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Mr John Carlton. A blue-eyed actor from Venice California, the United States of America. 29, mean, hot, cool, crazy, the movie star with the iron fist….the one and only, Johnny Cage!
And today you can learn everything there is to know about the star of Citizen Cage, the Gist of My Fist and Ninja Mime from @Shad and Razor on the latest edition of The Lost!
The boys break down Mr Cage, from his origins and inspirations, storyline and backstory, evolution from comic relief to main hero (which began in Armageddon, believe it or not) to MK’s own Daddy Cool, the Cage family’s jinx over Shinnok and more besides, including Johnny facing his and every man's ultimate fear...
Shao Kahn ain't got shit on this.
Johnny was originally set to be portrayed by Brandon Lee before his untimely death but was ultimately brilliantly portrayed by Linden Ashby in the MK Movie, in what is an absolutely spot on portrayal. So influential was that portrayal and the MK Movie in general that some fans believed (and some still do) that it was Cage who defeated Goro in canon, which is of course not the case. Nevertheless, Ashby provides us with some timeless one-liners. My personal favourite being:
Legendary. But his most famous, of course, is….
Johnny should, in my view, probably sit out MK11. His portrayal in MKX was a great example of aging a character and featured some of the best character evolution NRS has ever done, although his MK9 incarnation is perfection. Let’s keep him special and give Cassie room to breathe and who knows, maybe she’ll prove a worthy heir to the Cage throne. I hope she does, cos I like Cassie, but she’ll never replace him. Because that’s the thing about Cage: he might be the most universally popular non-ninja in Mortal Kombat….and he makes it look easy
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"I Make This Look Easy" A Johnny Cage Retrospective