Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Mortal Kombat vs. DC cover
General Information
Developer(s) Midway Games
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Release date(s) USA: November 16, 2008
Europe: November 21, 2008
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) 1-1 players. (Online Play)
1-1 players. (Offline Play)
Platform(s) PS3, Xbox 360

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (abbreviated as MK vs. DCU) is the eighth game from Midway Games of the Mortal Kombat series which was released in the date of November 16, 2008. The game contains characters from both the Mortal Kombat franchise and the DC Universe. The game's story was written by comic writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. It is available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.


Main article: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe's Story Mode When worlds collide, unsteady alliances must be formed to save each Universe. Time is running out and the Rage will make sure none are left standing! What will happen in this epic battle?

Story Mode Chapters

The story mode of Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe is told in 15 chapters: (7 for MK characters and 8 for DC characters), with one character being playable in each chapter. The order of each chapter is listed below.

Mortal Kombat Story

DC Comics Story

Chapter 1: Liu Kang

Chapter 1: The Flash

Chapter 2: Sonya Blade

Chapter 2: Batman

Chapter 3: Jax

Chapter 3: Wonder Woman

Chapter 4: Sub-Zero

Chapter 4: Green Lantern

Chapter 5: Scorpion

Chapter 5: Captain Marvel

Chapter 6: Shang Tsung

Chapter 6: The Joker

Chapter 7: Raiden

Chapter 7: Lex Luthor

Chapter 8: Superman

Character Roster

According to interviews, the characters were chosen for their popularity and parallels between the characters from both universes. Ed Boon has said that some of the characters' abilities, especially on the DC side, have been toned down to make them balanced within the game. A case of this Ed Boon mentioned, is Superman will have some vulnerabilities because of magic, otherwise the game would be sorely unbalanced.

Mortal Kombat characters

DC Comics characters

Original characters



Dark Kahn


The Flash

Sonya Blade


Shang Tsung

Captain Marvel

Liu Kang

Green Lantern


Wonder Woman

Jax Briggs

Lex Luthor


The Joker





Shao Kahn


Quan Chi, Shazam and the Guardians of the Universe make cameo appearances in the Story Mode. Johnny Cage's tombstone also appears on the Graveyard stage.



The game features a story mode, playable from two different perspectives, one from the DC side, and one from the Mortal Kombat side, and depending on which side players choose, they will see the characters from the opposite universe as the invaders of their own, the player must also play as different characters which are split into chapters.

Intertwined with the fights there are new gameplay modes featuring totally different game dynamics to the usual fight. These modes are Free-fall Kombat which is activated automatically after throwing the opponent to a lower level in the arena. The player can fight in the air during the fall building up their super bar,when a player's super bar fills,they can activate a strong character specific move which slams the opponent into the ground, ultimately ending the sequence, and Klose Kombat which is a mode you can enter during a fight, causing the characters to lock with each other and the perspective to change to a close-up of the two, to make for an interval of close-quarters fighting. A new mode called Rage Mode is activated when the fighter's second gauge bar fills up and the damage to the opponent increases and the opponent cannot harm you unless both of you are in rage mode.

During fights, the characters show permanent signs of visual damage, such as bruises, blood marks, and broken or torn clothing pieces. For example, Scorpion, if attacked for long enough, will lose part of his mask, revealing his skull-like head. Test Your Might makes a return as an in-game fighting feature. By throwing an opponent through a wall, the offensive player mashes buttons to drive the opponent through a set number of walls while the player on the defense mashes buttons to decrease the damage taken.

All characters except Darkseid and Shao Kahn have finishing moves. The Mortal Kombat characters and the DC villains have 2 fatalities each, while the DC heroes have 2 heroic brutalities, which function similarly to fatalities, except without killing the opponent. These finishing moves are only available in Arcade mode and Versus mode.

Downloadable Content

Ed Boon said that there would be Downloadable Content for the game, however, none were ever released. He had hinted on adding new chapters and costumes for the characters, but, as he later explained in his Twitter page that DLC is currently not possible and confirmed that the two DLC Characters who were planned to be released were Quan Chi for the MK side and Harley Quinn for the DC side. Doomsday and Kung Lao were also hinted at by Ed Boon.

Later on the development team behind Mortal Kombat was reformed as Netherrealm Studios, abbreviated as NRS. NRS would develop Kung Lao and Quan Chi for Mortal Kombat 9, three years after the crossover. Both Harley Quinn and Doomsday were made playable for Injustice: Gods Among Us, their second console game with DC Comics.

Kollector's Edition

The Kollector's Edition was later released for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 platforms. Its contents included the game, a comic book based on the game, a sealed copy of the Kollector's Edition's box art, and a blu-ray copy of the first Mortal Kombat film.


  • Ronald M. Banks - Quan Chi
  • Dana Lyn Baron - Sonya Blade
  • Perry Brown - Darkseid, Dark Kahn
  • Ed Boon - Scorpion (Get over here! and Come here! voice clips)
  • Tom Choi - Liu Kang
  • Kevin Delaney - Captain Marvel, Reporter, Special Forces Guy
  • Richard Epcar - Raiden, Joker
  • Dave Gazzana - Batman
  • Taliesin Jaffe - The Flash, Security Guards
  • James Kyson Lee - Shang Tsung
  • Patty Mattson - Catwoman
  • Michael McConnohie - Kano, Ganthet, Newscaster
  • Jim Miller - Sub Zero
  • Tara Platt - Wonder Woman
  • Josh Phillips - Green Lantern
  • Patrick Seitz - Scorpion, Deathstroke, Shao Kahn, Dark Kahn
  • Christopher Corey Smith - Superman, Guardian #3, Batcave Computer
  • Joe J Thomas - Lex Luthor, Shazam, Guardian #2, Mobster
  • Dan Washington - Baraka, Jax
  • S.G. Willie - Kitana, Sonya Blade


  • A free copy of this game was included by pre-ordering a copy of Injustice: Gods Among Us at Walmart.
  • This is the first Mortal Kombat game where the voices are recorded in California instead of in Chicago.
  • The game's voices are recorded at New Generation Pictures.
  • This is the only Mortal Kombat game in the series that is not rated Mature in any platform due to lowering the level of violence in the fatalities and restricted use of the DC license.
    • As a result, this game is sometimes criticized by Mortal Kombat fans because of its toned-down violence and fatalities relative to the other games in the series.
  • There are several important characters from both universes that do not appear in the game at all and/or are unplayable and/or are mentioned.
    • In the opening to the MK Story Mode, Quan Chi says to Shao Kahn that Shinnok will be displeased by the latter's failure to conquer Earthrealm.
    • Also in the DC Story Mode, during the cutscene where Kano tries to hit The Flash with his eye laser, he says that "you'd give Kabal a run for his money", due to his speed. As well Wonder Woman mentioning Martian Manhunter can take The Flash place in his missions.
    • Fujin, the God of Wind and Argus, the God Protector of Edenia appeared and are mentioned in Liu Kang's ending. In Kitana's ending, Argus was mentioned as well.
      • Compared to the above, the only unplayable characters from the DC Universe were Martian Manhunter, who was referenced by Wonder Woman, and Sinestro, mentioned in Green Lantern's ending.
  • In the comic, Johnny Cage and Goro on the MK side and Aquaman and Robin on the DCU side were shown.
  • The first Mortal Kombat game to be ported to PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • This is the first and only game so-far to feature Close Kombat, and Free Fall Kombat.
  • Shao Kahn, Darkseid, and Dark Kahn do not have any Fatalities.
    • No Fatalities or Heroic Brutalities can be performed on Dark Kahn. This is because when you defeat him, he explodes.
  • Sometimes it is possible to not get the story mode achievements as they can be glitched. It may take one or two tries of completing the story mode to get the achievements.
  • In a Top 10 list hosted by, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe was labelled #1 for the Worst Fatalities, due to its heavy censoring/lack of blood and gore, particularly noting Kano's Flip Stomp Fatality.
  • Kitana, Baraka, Kano, Deathstroke and Catwoman are the only characters to not have a story mode chapter.
  • Aside from the Final Showdown, Catwoman, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Baraka, and Deathstroke are the only characters that are not infected by the Rage during the main Story Mode. 
  • Two super moves in this game were in Mortal Kombat 9, but not as a super move. Kitana's Teleport-spin is used in her X-Ray in MK 9 and (Cyber) Sub Zero uses his TombStone-teleport when tagged out in MK 9
  • This is the first game in the series in which Mortal Kombat makes a crossover with another video game, comic, TV show, or novel.
    • This is also the only game in the Mortal Kombat series to feature characters from another video game, comic, TV show, or novel that are a part of the storyline. 
  • Thus far, it is the only post-Mortal Kombat 4/Gold game that does not feature Koins or The Krypt

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