It won’t just be Marvel and DC comic book characters showing up on the big screen throughout the summer 2016 movie season. The famous Heroes in a Hal-Shell will be back in action too, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: a sequel to the 2014 reboot of the live-action TMNT movie franchise. Out of the Shadows, which has no connection to the TMNT video game of the same name, will see the Turtles battle their old enemy Shredder (now played by Brian Tee), along with his new “errand boys” in the human thugs-turned mutant henchmen Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans have waited decades to see Bebop and Rocksteady on the big screen in live-action, ever since the dim-witted, but dangerous, pair’s days in the TMNT cartoon series that debuted in 1987. However, as has been revealed by previously-released trailers for Out of the Shadows, the pair won’t be the only fan-favorite TMNT villains making their movie debut in this upcoming film – as they will be joined by the extraterrestrial Krang (armed with his infamous “Manbot” or man-like android suit), with none other than Saturday Night Live and Portlandia veteran Fred Armisen providing his voice.
Paramount Pictures has now released one final full-length trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, ahead of the sequel’s June premiere date in theaters. The Out of the Shadows footage on display here (both fresh and recycled from previous trailers) focuses on the Turtles’ fight with Shredder and his cohorts, rather than the impending threat posed by Krang featured in the film’s trailers and TV spots past. Joining the Turtles and reporter April O’Neill (Megan Fox) in their battle to protect New York City from Shredder and his Foot Clan is none other than Arrow‘s Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell (who also makes an appearance in the final trailer).
Interestingly enough, the final trailer for Out of the Shadows focuses on re-introducing the four individual Turtles – as are portrayed by Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Alan Ritchson (Raphael) – while at the same time further teasing the fun and light-hearted tone that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel is going for, between its moments of humor and action sequences alike. During Screen Rant’s interview with the TMNT actors on the set of Out of the Shadows, the actors likewise said their aim was to recapture what worked best in the 2014 movie reboot: “the comedy and chemistry” between their characters, as they put it.
Judging by the sheer playfulness and unabashed goofiness of the trailers for Out of the Shadows, they – along with Out of the Shadows screenwriters Josh Applebaum and André Nemec as well as director Dave Green (Earth to Echo) – may have succeeded at doing just that.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, 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.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures