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I have a confession to make. On some stupid level, I actually quite enjoyed the latest Ninja Turtles film. Look, I get that anything associated with Michael Bay is supposed to be hated automatically, but I had a great time watching it as soon as I turned my mind off. Its big, stupid plot and over-use of the bad guy loudly explaining his easily stopped plans genuinely reminded me of the old 80’s cartoon and, while that’s far from my favorite iteration of the turtles (IDW’s latest comic series is the best by far), it was still a hell of a lot of fun. It’s OK for movies to just be fun, right!? My sole complaints, however, were the ridiculous changes to the the mutant’s origins and sizes. If recent reports are to be believed, they won’t be the only ones seeing a major change in backstory.

During a recent discussion with IGN at SDCC, Stephen Amell had this to say about his new character’s origins:

“He is not the Casey Jones that a lot of comic fans have come to know and love. He is a guy with a job that lives in New York and loves hockey. When things go awry, [and] when he goes through the normal methods of what someone would do when they’re [a] law-abiding citizen and he’s met with laughter and scorn… he decides to take things into his own hands.”

Definitely sounds like a few major changes are on the way, most notably the age at which he becomes the mercenary he’s known to be in the classic series and film. Still, it sounds like they’ll be retaining the spirit of the character, and that’s the only that really matters to me when changes like this are made. I don’t mind new takes on established characters in movies like this as long as they’re at least recognizable. What works in comics and cartoons, after all, can’t reasonably be expected to always work for a feature film. Most encouraging of all is that Amell has more than enough acting chops to give the role a great new spin.

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Casey Jones won’t be the only established Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character seeing new action in the sequel. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), Beebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) are all set to be introduced as well, more than likely with new origins of their own.
 
We still have to wait to know anything more as concrete plot details aren’t known just yet, but I’m actually pretty excited to the sequel. I’m not expecting anything amazing when it releases next year, but it should be another dumb, loud, fun movie when it hits.
 
What do you think? Did you hate the Ninja Turtles reboot? Are you on my side and found it to be stupid fun? Do you fear these changes? Be a part of the conversation in the comments section. 

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