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What Gal Gadot Could Have Looked Like As Mortal Kombat's Kitana

Turning a fighting game into a movie is no small feat, but Mortal Kombat did it twice in the 1990s. Neither did particularly well commercially or critically, but that's a risk filmmakers have to be willing to take with video game movies: sometimes, one medium just doesn't translate well to the other.

That's why fans are crossing their fingers for Simon McQuoid's upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. The promising trailer has set a high bar as far as fans are concerned, full of action and a slew of classic characters, from the fiery Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) to laser-eyed Kano (Josh Lawson). There's one character, however, that's conspicuously missing: Kitana, the fan-wielding princess of Outworld. Her sister Mileena (Sisi Stringer) shows up in the trailer, but not her.

To make things even stranger, no actress has been announced for the role as of March 2021 — a month out from the film's release. Whether she ends up being in the movie or not, digital artist BossLogic took matters into their own hands, tweeting their rendition of what Gal Gadot might look like as the deadly Edenian assassin.

Gal Gadot's Kitana has her fans

Whether BossLogic is aware of it or not, this art is quite ironic considering the events of 2008's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which is exactly the game it sounds like. At one point in the story, Kitana (voiced by S. G. Willie) — under the influence of "kombat rage" — believes Wonder Woman (voiced by Tara Platt) to be out for her, and the two powerhouses have at it. Gadot is probably best known for her role as the Amazonian princess, so it's just funny to see her as Kitana.

Irony aside, BossLogic's piece is astounding as always. Kitana's look has changed a few times across Mortal Kombat's myriad entries, but the digital artist nails all the essentials — the blue and black outfit, the mask covering her mouth, and of course, her trademark weapon: fans. Affixed with knife-sized spikes, they're some of the most effective projectiles in the Mortal Kombat universe, especially in the hands an assassin who's had thousands of years to train with them.

BossLogic also nails the lighting: bright on one side, dark on the other. It's a simple yet effective reminder of not only Kitana's role as an assassin, but of the dark past she carries with her, rife with betrayal and secrets galore. It also highlights her hair, which is most similar to her Mortal Kombat 11 style (sans the blue headband and hairpin).

It's hard not to want Gadot in the role now thanks to BossLogic's mastery. Fans will find out what the deal is when Mortal Kombat releases in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, 2021.