For cripes sake! Ya, step away from the computer for a few hours to go bowling with transvestites (don’t ask) and you come back to find the Internet exploding with rumors of what the turtles may look like in the proposed new, live-action, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Yes, it has been announced that Mirage Group/Legendary Pictures are rebooting the turtle franchise with a new live-action flick but the image (above) floating around the net is not a first look at the new design of the Ninja Turtles. A commenter of slasfilm.com has made it clear that this prop was constructed for a class by Eric Zapata, a student at Tom Savini’s FX school. This image being false is such a let down. As Raphael would say “DAAAAMNNNN!!” Seriously, would you look at this thing, it’s freaking awesome! Yes, it’s creepy, but in a good way. Not only does it actually look like a turtle but the eye mask/bandage look like something a mutant turtle living in a sewer would make/wear. This concept truly honors the original Ninja Turtles dark and gritty comic. It’s a shame that will probably never get to see anything like this. Honestly, the words “Ninja” Turtles” and “realistic” arn’t words that mix well together (in the kiddie standard that is). Can you imagine this thing yelling “COWABUNGA”? I think not. However, Peter Laird, one of the creators and overseer of the new turtle flick has promised that the film will return to the roots of the original comic book series, so maybe we might get something close.