The Mortal Kombat franchise has added countless iconic movie characters to its game over the years, but if Keanu Reeves had a say, two of his most iconic characters would not join the Tournament.

Keanu Reeves recently sat down with Esquire Magazine's video series "Explain This" where he answered fan-submitted questions. One of the questions asked Keanu if he had a say in the addition of Neo, John Wick, or both into the Mortal Kombat Universe, would he allow it? The question was a reference to a 2019 story where Mortal Kombat Director Ed Boon teased a John Wick DLC addition to Mortal Kombat 11. His answer was a surprisingly firm "No."


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Reeves is quoted as saying "If it was up to me? No. Mortal Kombat is awesome in so many ways, but I think... you know, Neo, John Wick, they're doing their own thing. Mortal Kombat is doing their own thing." His reasoning behind the answer seemingly stems from high respect for the Mortal Kombat games. Either character would be an appropriate addition to the Mortal Kombat roster as the game already hosts Rambo, Robocop, The Terminator, and so many more action movie icons.


John Wick has already appeared in video games as a player skin in Fortnite and has his own game, the action-strategy game John Wick Hex. Neo made appearances in movie tie-in games during the heyday of the Matrix Trilogy and rumors suggest that Fortnite could get its own Matrix crossover event ahead of the release of The Matrix Resurrections.

Keanu Reeves was a central character in Cyberpunk 2077 playing Johnny Silverhands, a game that crosses over some themes of The Matrix and high-octane action like the John Wick movies. So it's not as if he is opposed to any more video game appearances. Just if it were up to him, it sounds like he'd rather the characters stand on their own in their respective mediums.

The parent companies of either franchise (Lionsgate for John Wick, WarnerBros for The Matrix) would be the ones that give NetherRealm the "OK" to introduce either character to the game. The studio has announced that they have officially wrapped production on Mortal Kombat 11 and have moved on to the next game, so any Neo or John Wick additions would be in Mortal Kombat 12. It's a shame that if either character ever does show up in the Mortal Kombat, it would be against the wishes of Keanu Reeves.

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Source: Esquire

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