Recent weeks have seen a tonne of promotion for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows movie – a sequel to the 2014 hit film directed by Jonathan Liebesman, starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett. With the first reboot making in excess of $493 million, a follow-up was all but inevitable. So confident were Paramount, that even before the film was released in some countries (such as the U.K.) a sequel had been confirmed, which reprises roles for Fox as nosy journalist April O’ Neil and Arnett as bumbling cameraman Vernon.
Dave Green (Earth to Echo) helms the new film that sees teen brothers Leo, Mikey, Donny, and Raph once again team up to fight evil, this time in the ghastly shape of Dimension-X warlord Krang. Alongside the alien is a return for the Shredder (Brian Tee) who’s now aided by infamous goons Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly a.k.a. WWE’s Sheamus).
So with the film just around the corner, a mountain of new stills from the movie has given fans a more in-depth glimpse at what to expect from the New York-set film. Among the 40 new images, clearer depictions of vigilante of justice Casey Jones (Arrow’s Stephen Amell), as well as Bebop, Rocksteady, and, of course, the Shredder, have been shared in full by CBM.
In truth, there’s plenty of gorgeous, high-res images to whet your appetite before seeing the movie. There’s a lot of the returning Shredder to see, who, in one picture, appears bound by chains, implying he’s in some sort of police or government custody at the beginning of the film. There’s also snaps of Karai (Brittany Ishibashi) – the villain’s sidekick who’s actually his daughter, which is an interesting addition. We also get to see her take charge of her father’s (or is it Krang’s?) foot soldier army, as well as intimidate scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) alongside human Bebop and Rocksteady.
Speaking of the anticipated big screen début for the mutated henchmen, there are some nice images of the pair before they’re turned into half-warthog and half-rhino beasts. Hopefully we’ll get to see a fair bit of them pre-transformation so they don’t simply serve as a one-dimensional, idiotic muscle to Shredder’s physical bouts with the turtles.
The relationship between April (Fox) and Casey Jones (Amell) could also prove interesting, providing the writer’s have added something in there – a possible love triangle of sorts to cause friction with Vern’s (Arnett) obvious interest in the prying reporter. Either way, for a lot of long term fans the addition of Jones – even though we’ve seen the character materialize in the 1990 live-action movie, thanks to Elias Koteas – will arguably be the film’s talking point, especially if the character steals the show, as some predict he might.
After the success of the first reboot, there’s no doubt there is a heightened expectation for the next instalment; with trailers promising a much bigger, better, and more entertaining movie than the first (which, for the most part, was a frivolously fun ride) there’s a lot for it to live up to.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.