Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has done a good job of focusing on everything that’s new in the film. Fans seem to appreciate how closely new elements like Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang’s robotic body match their counterparts from the classic TMNT cartoon. The only character that they haven’t gotten a good glimpse of is Krang himself.
Now the wait to see Krang is finally over, thanks to a new TV spot. Though there are only a couple of brief glimpses, fans finally get to see Krang in all his questionable glory outside of his robot body.
The new spot is only 15 seconds long, so the shots of Krang are essentially a blink-and-you-miss-it glimpse among the other action. The first shot is at the 6-second mark, showing Krang supported by metal tentacles outside of his robotic body while the body fights against the Turtles. The quick scene also shows off how adaptable Krang’s body is, as it’s seen extending an arm to knock Leonardo back even while it shifts its focus to the other Turtles.
There’s no context to reveal exactly what is going on in the other scene, which shows up at the 11-second mark. We do get to see Krang using an energy weapon (presumably against the Turtles) that appears to be attached to his robotic suit. Given how advanced Krang’s technology was in the classic cartoon, it’s possible that this isn’t the only high-tech weapon we’ll see in the film either, especially since the swirling metal seen coming through the portal in previous trailers looks very much like it’s forming Krang’s Technodrome in this spot.
It’s interesting to note that in both scenes, the robotic body is missing its head. We can assume that the head was knocked off by the Turtles in the fight, and that might be why Krang came out of the armored body in the first place. This could also mean that the two scenes are from the same fight sequence, which likely follows the scene found in previous trailers when the Turtles first meet the robotic body.
A lot of fans have been worried about this movie, especially given the liberties that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took with some of the character designs. Shredder in particular was derided by many fans, and they likely didn’t hold out much hope for the sequel in regard to introducing familiar characters. The biggest deviation from the classic character looks so far has been the close-cropped hair of Casey Jones, but even there it’s been hinted that he might start growing his hair out in future sequels.
Fans who were critical of the first movie seem to have a cautious optimism about Out of the Shadows. While nostalgic visuals will only carry the movie so far, the fact that so much of the new content is a deliberate throwback to the much-loved classic cartoon shows that the new director is at least interested in appealing to what the fans want to see. Only time will tell whether the film delivers on the promises made in its promotional materials, however.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters on May 22, 2016.