For most people that remember the first wave of Turtle Power in the late 80s/early 90s, their way into the show was the animated series based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was an eclectic little show that featured ninjas, mutants, robots, aliens, and got a nation of kids permanently addicted to pizza. For those now grown-up kids, the latest live-action Turtles movie may not have done much to encourage fond memories of the franchise they loved so much, but maybe what it lacked were some old familiar faces, at least on the dark side of things. In the age old sequel axiom that more is better, especially when we’re talking about villains, it looks like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is getting another bad guy to the mix.
According to a source talking to Cinema Blend, the production of TMNT 2 filmed a scene last week that involved, “a number of extras and the character’s arrival on Earth through a portal of some sort.” To the well-trained ear for Turtles lore, that sounds a lot like one of the plots of the movie will involved Dimension X, home reality to none other than Krang the Brain.
Remember Krang the Brain? He was alien warlord from Dimension X who was defeated and exiled to Earth. He teams up with Shredder, who helps Kang acquire materials to built the roving military base/ war machine called the Technodrome in exchange for some advanced technology and high-tech robotic Foot Soldiers. This would mark the first time that Krang’s been realized in live-action form. In the past it was likely thought that the idea was far too ludicrous to be believable realized in live-action. I guess times have changed.
You may recall that there was some production art from TMNT 1 that featured Krang, as well as Bebop and Rocksteady; Paramount Pictures ordered the art be taken down from all websites that dared to show them under penalty of vague legal action. It’s interesting in hindsight then, why so litigious unless they were so ready and willing to use them in the next Turtles movie? We know that Bebop and Rocksteady will now both appear in the sequel, so it naturally follows that Krang and his goons from Dimension X, will appear also. Hopefully, the slapstick Stoogery of the cartoon between those three characters and Shredder (now played by Brian Tee) will be preserved intact.
I guess we’ll find out for sure when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters everywhere June 3, 2016.