The upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a sequel to the 2014 reboot of the live-action TMNT movie franchise – one that will introduce several fan-favorites characters from the TMNT comic books and/or cartoon series past to the big screen for the first time, including the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady, as well as the villainous alien Krang. Out of the Shadows was written by Josh Applebaum and André Nemec – the co-writers of TMNT (2014) and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – and directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo). Meanwhile, the TMNT (2014) motion-capture actors Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Alan Ritchson (Raphael) all reprised their roles as the heroes-in-a-half-shell for Out of the Shadows.
Paramount Pictures has now released the second full-length theatrical trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (see above), as well as an official synopsis for the film:
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.
Whereas the first theatrical trailer that Paramount Pictures released for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows focuses on establishing a playful tone for Out of the Shadows and introducing most of the important players from the TMNT sequel (save for Krang, who made his public debut during the movie’s Super Bowl 2016 preview), the second trailer establishes the central narrative device that drives the action in the sequel: the mysterious purple ooze. Paramount has also revealed a new poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, which you can have a look at below:
In the “traditional” TMNT mythos (starting with the comic books created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird during the 1980s), Krang’s alien race, known as the Utroms, are the powers that be behind the Techno Cosmic Research Institute or TCRI: the facility that is responsible for creating the oozes used to mutate both the Turtles and Bebop/Rocksteady. It appears that Out of the Shadows will remain true to that backstory, as the film’s newest trailer and synopsis imply that Krang is the one responsible for Shredder (whose transformation into a younger man may be explained as the result of him having been exposed to the green ooze mutagen at the conclusion of the TMNT reboot) getting ahold of the purple ooze – and thus in turn, using it to create himself a new pair of “errand boys.”
The Baxter Stockman character, as seen most recently on the small screen in the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated TV series that started its run back in 2012, is usually a former TCRI employee who eventually goes to work for The Shredder and the Foot Clan; as such, his inclusion in Out of the Shadows now makes more sense from a world-building perspective. Furthermore, it’s starting to become clearer just how all of these “puzzle pieces” (Shredder, Bebop/Rocksteady, Krang, etc.) fit together here, based on the plot hints and details revealed by the film’s latest trailer. That’s encouraging, seeing as one of the concerns that’s been raised about the TMNT sequel is that it’s introducing too many new elements into the mix to be able and tie them all together to form a cohesive storyline.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures