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The marketing machine for the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot rolls on, with four posters hitting the web today. They’re simple and evocative; featuring the weapons that each reptilian ninja wields in the face of Shredder’s faceless onslaught. Those looking some super weird visual slash fic may want to move on, as I only used that headline as a means to lure in the bigger weirdos who read NB on a daily basis. I’m like the Chris Hansen of comic book movie news. Have a seat…and let’s talk about your bizarre need to see green martial arts experts violate each others’ orifices.

Here’s the four of them, right in a row. I especially enjoy the one that seems to have Raphael giving me the finger with his Sai…

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Meanwhile, Turtles co-creator Peter Laird seems to be a rational human being and not share fanboys’ stupid outrage over the initial trailer. In a lengthy interview with CBM, he had this to say:

“I was impressed with what I saw of the production values — if nothing else, it looks like the new TMNT movie will have a lot of stuff going on and looking good (that toppling tower, for example) — but the changes to the basic design of the Turtles seemed to me to fall into the “fixing what is not broken” category. It’s altogether possible that, in the context of this new movie, these designs will work well and not seem so odd, but I still point to what Jim Henson’s “Creature Shop” team did with their rendering of the Turtles in rubber and paint as the best translation (in live action, anyway) of the Turtles as Kevin Eastman and I created them.

That being said, so far I have only seen this short trailer with just a few brief glimpses of the Turtles. My opinion could change. One thing that comes to mind if how cool it would be if someone did CGI versions of those same Henson designs, with all the incredible flexibility and seamless action potential available with today’s CGI.”

I like how the one of the characters’ creators can rationally explain his problems with some of the design work without throwing out the baby with the bathwater (so to speak). I also love how he pokes fun at those who are already inventing “plot holes” to nitpick after seeing such a minuscule amount of footage:

CBM: One of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard from fans about the trailer regards April O’Neil’s father having worked with Shredder on creating the ooze which led the Turtles transformation. Doesn’t that addition diminish April as a investigative reporter?

LAIRD: I can’t quite fathom your reasoning here. What does one have to do with the other? Why couldn’t April be an investigative reporter while at the same time her father is colluding with the Shredder? I don’t see these elements as being mutually exclusive.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters August 8, 2014.

Poster Source: /Film

Category: Comics, Film

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