While Jonathan Leibesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn’t this fan’s cup of tea, earning almost four times its budget worldwide easily laid the groundwork for a sequel from Paramount. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows added a bunch of fan favorite characters from the comic book franchise and producers were sure they had another hit on their hands, but things didn’t quite work out that way at the box office. Producer Andrew Form recently talked about how TMNT 2 performed and the reasons why. (more…)
Say what bad things you will about the TMNT reboot (and to be fair there were very some bad things) but to a 10 year old, it was pretty awesome (and hasn’t that always been TMNTs target audience?). It wasn’t your fathers Turtles, for sure. But… with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes 2: Out of the Shadows coming into theaters on June 3, the sequel looks to bridge the gap between old time fans and the newer younger generation. While the action and camera work still looks like something Micheal Bay crapped outta his butt, it features characters that first generation fans never to see in those 90’s live action movies (TMNT 1-3). Specifically speaking – Beebop, Rocksteady, and Krang!!! Giant Turtles with human noses and everyone loses their minds. Take a few beloved character from the original comics and animated series, and now suddenly everyone is happy.
Speaking of Krang – which by the way we really hope dropping his name didn’t spoil you (it shouldn’t cause he’s in the trailers/tv spots) – it’s just been revealed what actor will be voicing this living brain/hemorrhage from Planet X. (more…)
There are a lot of complaints and disappointment that seem to grow from Hollywood reboots of classic film and TV franchises. When there was news there was going to be another go at our pizza chewing, Cowabunga spouting, friends from the sewers questions were raised. When it was revealed that Megan Fox was lined up to play April, a collective groan was expelled from the entire Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan base. All this being said, and despite what the fan boys say, the first film was arguably a success. It was funny, action packed and had everything that we would expect from a contemporary take on the Ninja Turtles. The film enjoyed so much success that number two in the live action franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, was given the green light and has now had its final full trailer released. (more…)
If there’s a common criticism to the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles other than “It sucked”, it’s that the four titular martial arts performing adolescent amphibians seemed like supporting players in their own story. Perhaps the filmmakers, and producer Michael Bay, heard that criticism because this latest trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows features a lot of Turtle action. The new poster just released also features the Turtles prominently. May we so bold as to suggest that in the coming sequel, the film will let the four heroes the movie’s named after to finally come “out of the shadows?” [Please clap.] (more…)
Ready for more Bayturtles? Paramount Pictures has released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows trailer (which you can check out below,) the 2nd in the Nth iteration of this roller coaster of a franchise. Packed with brand spankin new footage of Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, Casey Jones, April O’Neil and, of course, the Heroes in a Halfshell (Turtle Power!) (more…)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around for 30+ years (since 1984. And, yes, if you are an original fan from back in the day… you are old). Every decade or so, the property reinvents itself to a new generation of fans with a newly revised cartoon series and toy/merchandise lines. Currently, the turtles are still giving some shell to today’s youngsters in the wildly popular TMNT animated series on Nickelodeon. Fans of the original 80s/90s cartoon either like it, hate it, or hate that they like it. While the modern series looks a heck of a lot different from the original cartoon (and maybe for the better, classic 2D animation doesn’t quite hold up in retrospect) , it’s still pretty much the exact same product. Of, course, every generation is going to say their generation was the best, but hey, why not both?
In a move to bridge fans of the past and present together (or maybe just praying on nostalgia?) , Nickelodeon is doing something really fun – they’re crossing over the original animated series with the new one. (more…)
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…)
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.
Michael Bay just tweeted the first look at Arrow‘s Stephen Amell in full Casey Jones Mask, armed with his hockey stick. It will be interesting to see Amell on the big screen without his bow and arrows. He brings a solid fan base to the TMNT franchise that while it should have some crossover, will help the movie at the box office. (more…)