Maybe it’s because the major motion pictures were terrible, or maybe Kevin Tancharoen’s prologue and proof of concept for a Mortal Kombat reboot is just that good, or maybe this is the entertainment property based on a video game every pre and post-pubescent boy with a preference for arcade violence has been waiting for, or maybe it’s all of the above.

Regardless of what it is, Warner Premiere‘s Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series is getting a helluva lot of hype. And rightly so. This one looks like it’s going to test other web series’ might. (Sorry!)

The nine-part anthology series is directed by Tancheroen and features a stellar cast of names recognizable to anyone familiar with the sci-fi and/or comic book-influenced entertainment industry. Those names include: Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) as “Sonya Blade,” Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight) as “Major Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs” and Darren Shahlavi (300) as “Kano.”

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Each installment will highlight a particular Mortal Kombat combatant, reveal his or her reason for participating in the tournament, and provide “never-before-revealed insights into characters featured in the upcoming videogame as well as the game’s universe.”

NetherRealm Studio’s latest installment of the video game version of Mortal Kombat is set to hit stores April 19. Warner Premiere will debut the web series iteration on April 12 through a distribution deal with Machinima.com, hoping to tap into the gaming and media streaming company’s “500 million monthly video views and 50 million monthly viewers.”

Machinima.com will also host a special live event on April 12 leading up to the premiere, with Tancharoen and several members of the cast making appearances on camera. Super fans should be sure to get over there. (Sorry again!)