The turtles can finally be redeemed.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was arguably the most disappointing film of 2014. Those of us who love the four turtles were appalled to see a gritty film that spent more time with Megan Fox than the characters themselves (kind of like the Transformers films, but I like to pretend those never happened). So when it was revealed that a sequel of this lukewarm reboot was in the works, the reaction was less than good, to say the least.
But all that changed after we saw the trailer for it.
One minute in and there’s already a completely different atmosphere than the first film. From Casey Jones to new designs for the turtles, here are the five reasons you should be excited for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
#5 – Turtle Redesign
The absolute largest complaint from the first TMNT movie was that the turtles looked terrible. They were even compared to creepy versions of Shrek. Personally, I feel that’s an insult to Shrek.
Granted, Michael Bay was the producer for this film, and he was responsible for making the Transformers looking like junkyards caught in the middle of a mosh pit. Fans even preferred the puppets from the older TMNT films, and trust me, that’s saying a lot. In this new trailer though, do my eyes deceive me, or do the turtles are slimmer, brighter, and just all around better. It was like a breath of fresh air in a crowded town of pollution. That is reason enough to think that something is changing with how this movie is being made.
#4 – Less Megan Fox
The first TMNT movie had much more
Megan Fox April O’Neil than the turtles. That is personally my biggest complaint about the film. I mean, how many times does Michael Bay have to give us close up shots of Megan Fox “because she’s hot” or whatever the reason may be? I hate to break it to you, Bay, but we don’t pay money to see a TMNT movie to be cursed with suggestive shots of Megan Fox’s ass. Please hear me on this, and people might be able to start forgiving you.
Now it seems as if for the sequel, they’re leaving Megan Fox behind a bit. She doesn’t even show up until one minute into the trailer, and when she does, she doesn’t even say anything! All she seems there for is to help establish Casey Jones’s introduction, and any reason to see more Stephen Amell on the big screen is reason enough for me.
#3 – Krang Might Be the Antagonist
There are so many animated incarnations of the turtles, and we’ve seen many villains try to take down the four brothers. One of the most popular villains is Krang, the brainy (pun entirely intended) bad guy from Dimension X. He is one of the most popular choices for a live action TMNT baddie. The only memorable villain we’ve seen in a live action TMNT movie is Shredder. Sure, he’s still alive as far as the latest film version of the turtles goes, but there was a brief moment in the beginning of the trailer where spaceships are overtaking the city while the turtles struggle to fight them in the skies. Anybody who knows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles knows that there is one bad guy who would send ships down from space: Krang. Seeing another villain alongside Shredder would definitely up the ante just a little bit for the audience and the turtles.
#2 – Bebop and Rocksteady
Probably the two most requested characters for the TMNT sequel were Bebop and Rocksteady. We’ve never seen them on the big screen before, so once fans learned that they were going to make it into the film, they were ecstatic. However, there was a bit of hesitation because we were all worried that they weren’t going to be represented well. I mean, were they really going to have purple glasses, nose gauge, and mohawk? Luckily for us, that’s exactly what they did! In the trailer, we got our first look at Bebop and Rocksteady, and it appeared like they were ripped straight out of the classic cartoon.
#1 – Cartoon on the Big Screen
What excites me the most about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is that it has over-the-top scenes and action that make it look like they put the cartoon on the big screen. The TMNT van shoots sewer lids. Sewer lids, people! It’s crazy, bold, and incredibly faithful to its source material. To have a live-action version of the original cartoon will resonate so much with fans as well as make kids drop their jaws in excitement. Bring back what drew us to the show as kids, and the film will no doubt be a success.
In short, TMNT: Out of the Shadows is a film that we can look forward to. As Andre from Black Nerd Comedy put it, it’s like a bad ex-girlfriend who wants to get back with you – she hurt you once, but now she’s back and promising to fix all of those problems. We’re all worried about the film, but after seeing the trailer, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about it.