With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows a few months away, details on the film are slowly trickling out. One of the more anticipated aspects of the sequel has been the arrival of the turtles’ brainy enemy, Krang. There’s been very little shown off of the villain other than brief glimpses, leaving fans waiting for a big reveal that shows off more of the character.
News from WonderCon says that there will be more Krang coming soon, with the character likely being featured in more marketing before the movie hits theaters. More importantly, we also have at least some idea of what he’s going to sound like, as it was announced at the convention that Krang would be voiced by Portlandia’s Fred Armisen.
Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller took the stage at WonderCon alongside stars Megan Fox and Stephen Amell to discuss TMNT 2 with fans and answer their questions. One of the big announcements was the casting of Armisen as Krang, with Fuller promising “Anyone who loves Fred will love what he is doing.” Given that he’s done voices for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Archer, The Looney Toons Show and even the Smurfs movies, he certainly has a lot of experience to draw from.
Much of the other discussion at WonderCon centered around Casey Jones, who is apparently somewhat unwilling to join up with the Turtles team in the beginning. It was revealed Casey is working as a corrections officer at the beginning of the film, and there’s at least a chance we might see him with his iconic long hair in future installments. Amell also let fans know that he did a lot of his own stunt work in the movie, and did more than he has been allowed to do on Arrow. He also answered a fan who asked whether Casey Jones or Oliver Queen would win in a fight, saying, “Oliver Queen would be beating Casey Jones but wouldn’t kill him, and then eventually Casey Jones would come back and ruin his life.”
As far as the movie goes, Ninja Turtles left something to be desired, especially with regard to the bad guys of the movie. From what has been seen so far, Out of the Shadows seems to be making up for that, with both Krang and the dimwitted duo of Bebop and Rocksteady (who Form and Fuller revealed were based around the concept of “dumb and fun”) seeming so far like they were pulled right out of the classic cartoon series. That’s not to say that they’ll be 100 percent faithful to what fans remember, but it seems like the filmmakers are at least making an attempt to bring this film more in line with what the fans are eager to see in a TMNT movie.
There’s a little over two months left before TMNT 2 hits theaters, so there’s still plenty of time for the marketing to give audiences a chance to hear Armisen as Krang. Given the way in which Bebop and Rocksteady have been portrayed in the trailers so far, there’s a good chance Krang will have a voice that’s at least inspired by the classic series, even if Armisen does give it his own twist. Of course, only time will tell whether that the film’s depiction of the character is a hit with fans .
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters on June 3, 2016.