Hearing that The Walking Dead and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles share a common thread isn’t that far-fetched when you really think about it. Your first assumption for their connection would probably be that they both started out as comic books before getting television adaptations. But, while true, that’s not all. When we say they share a common thread, we mean it almost literally, as one person has woven himself into the production of both The Walking Dead and TMNT– and we’ve never even seen his face. His name is Steven Ho, and he’s the man responsible for both Lennie James’ (who plays Morgan on The Walking Dead) flawless stick work, and Donatello’s. (more…)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Michael Bay’s 2014 reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles achieved many things. Earning over $484 million world wide, albeit opening to largely negative reviews, the film generated enough to get green lighted for a sequel (to be directed by Dave Green and arrive in 2016). What the movie also did, intentionally or not, what split the TMNT fanbase in two. One side was fully accepting of the direction Bay was taking with the Turtles, and were happy to follow along for the ride. The other side remained loyal to the vision of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel, Secret of the Ooze. It is of course possible to be on both sides, but it seems that true Turtle fans can’t seem to shake their affinity for the dark, gritty filming style of the originals. Enter Eric England, and his idea for a TMNT film told from the POV of Casey Jones. (more…)
Let’s call it as we see it: the Sharknado film franchise, currently filming its fourth movie in the series, ain’t the greatest cinema in the world. But it knows what it is: entertaining, ridiculous schlock. And because it makes no assertions of being good – and makes no apologies for being bad – you know exactly what you’re getting when you sit down to view it. And for that, people appreciate it; people watch it; people enjoy it. Now, the fin-fueled storm system has broken out of its celluloid format and “crossed over” with a comic series that is itself delightfully random and surreal: Archie Andrews and his crew from Riverdale.
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.
As the convention hall doors prepare to close on another sensory-overload edition of the most media-heavy nerd gathering in the known universe, we here at NBHQ thought it would be wise to take a quick trip down Recent-Memory Lane by recapping some of the craziest, zaniest, and most mind-blowing-y moments of SDCC15. As with all forms of public opinion, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive or definitive, but simply a gathering of some of the cool stuff that transpired. Enjoy!
Oh yeah! It’s playtime in the summer of ’89 all over again! If you were a kid at that time, then chances are that two comic book heroes took up most of your creative and recreational energy: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, I guess that’s five heroes, but you get the idea. In any event, these come book worlds are colliding again in an official capacity, as DC Comics and IDW Publishing have announced that they’re joining forces to bring you team-up of two of the biggest I.P.s to make the leap from comics to film and TV and merchandising. The Dark Knight will meet the Heroes on the Half-Shell, coming soon to the comic book, hobby store or newsstand near you. (more…)
As fans of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series know, Shredder’s two hench-mutants, Bebop and Rocksteady, were the opposite of everything that the Turtles were: they were stupid, untrained, ineffectual, thuggish, and mammalian. They were supposed to be part of the first live-action Turtles movie from producer Michael Bay, but they were cut from the script before production began. Now part of the sequel, the duo are now being seen out and about on the streets of New York in their pre-mutation form. The set pics don’t reveal their exact role in the film, but it does open up a funny guessing game to play with friends. Guess which one is Bebop and which ones is Rocksteady. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. (more…)
Last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot divided audiences like no other movie could. On one side, you had true blue Turtle fans screaming about their childhood being ruined when it was announced that Megan Fox was the new April O’Neil in the Michael Bay produced flick, while on the other, true blue Turtle fans who had the forethought to go into the movie without many expectations, who just wanted a fun TMNT movie, wound up pushing the box office total to over $485mil worldwide. With a haul like that, it was no surprise that Paramount announced a sequel days after the release of the film. Production of the sequel is well underway and it looks like a cameo in the flick will please both sides of that Great Divide. Judith Hoag, the original live action April O’Neil, will be appearing in the new Ninja Turtles film. (more…)
As much as most die hard turtles fans would like to forget about that Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, mass audiences loved it. Despite its schizophrenic script, befuddling narrative, and heroes in a half-arsed shell, it made money ($191 million domestically). Also, the turtles property is, of course, almost as recognizable and marketable as Mickey Mouse. So naturally, a sequel got the go ahead.
While critics and fans can expect another a rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline, paper thin characters, and generic action, there is a bit of casting news that will turn heads.
Arrow‘s Stephen Amell is swapping his arrows for a hockey stick. (more…)
Captain America. Spider-Man. Superman. The list of heroes whose comic book deaths broke our hearts goes on and on and this week, another name was added to the list. While this character may not have been a “superhero”, per se, there is no doubt that his actions both on the page and on the big screen were heroic and selfless, and many comic book readers considered him a favorite of his group. After 30 years of being one of the heroes on a half shell, Donatello has been killed at the hands of Bebop and Rocksteady. (more…)