For the past year or more, fans of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise have been on an emotional rollercoaster. The Michael Bay backed reboot of the Heroes In A Half Shell has been met with a range of emotions from cautious optimism to blind nerd rage (ok, it is mostly the latter.) With the first trailer hitting the Internet today we should finally have the final answer on what this new iteration of TMNT will be, right?
Well, Will Arnett (who plays the wise cracking camera man to Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil) stopped by the TODAY show to give us a first look at the movies trailer. Oh, and he brought them pizza because prop comedy is still a valid art form.
Here’s the full trailer, via CBR:
Well, you sure can see the Michael Bay there. The voice over from William Fichtner (who plays the films villain, Shredder) solidifies the rumors that there will be changes to the origin story. Gone is the accidental exposure to radioactive mutagens, now the turtles seem to be created, on purpose, by Shredder and April O’Neil’s dad.
Also, We see what is apparently April’s first meeting with Michelangelo in a COMEDY fueled scene that reveals the turtles new look that is unsettling to say the least. There is a chase scene down a snowy mountain giving Raphael a chance to do some slow-mo Michael Bay patented flips while a truck does cartwheels and… Well, it is just a clip, right? Surely the trailer will reveal a clearer picture of where the franchise is headed and sooth some fanbeing nerves. Please?
Personally, I am usually minorly comfortable with liberties being taken with a property. Taking a concept from a page to a screen often means changes have to be made to make it work and lets be honest in the 30 year history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles there has been multiple reinventions and revisions.
Movieweb posed a few screen caps for posterity and also a snap from CinemaCon that reveals the films official plot. Here’s another look at Raph in the middle of a classic Bay-ian moment (how much to do you want to bet there was originally a massive explosion behind that jeep? Has Michael Bay learnt restraint?)
To avoid eyestrain here is the text from the synopsis:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
Yeah… That doesn’t make me feel any more at ease. Maybe I just don’t ‘get’ what this movie is going for. The changes seem to be purely for the sake of making changes. I don’t have any deep seated attachment to TMNT canon (and if you do, that is cool too.) I don’t require the filmmakers to be a slave to a cartoon from 27 years ago (that was radically different from the comic book it was based on.)
I just want this movie to be good.
I want it to have whatever magical little connection four turtles brandishing deadly weapons and stock catchphrases has had over the past 3 decades that makes us love them and want to see their adventures.
I’m still waiting to see something that tells me it will be or not.
Did I mention Arnet brought pizza? That has to count for something, right?