The reboot of the live-action TMNT movie franchise hit theaters in the summer of 2014, but many fans were left feeling disappointed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ irreverence towards the original source material and the exclusion of a number of iconic characters. In just a couple of months time, the TMNT (2014) motion-capture actors will reprise their character roles and regroup on the big screen as Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Raphael (Alan Ritchson) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, as directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo).
However, this time around, co-writers Josh Applebaum and André Nemec (TMNT (2014), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have helped to bring several fan-favourite characters to life, including the mutant bandits Bebop and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen Farrelly), as well as the notorious super-villain Krang (voiced by Fred Armisen). And now, we have been re-introduced to the slew of new faces via two TV spots recently released by Paramount Pictures.
In the first TV spot, featured above (hat tip Comic Book), two of the most popular characters from the TMNT cartoon series and comic books muscle in on the action. Bebop, rocking the purple Mohawk and sunglasses, is ready to rumble, while Rocksteady has ditched the hair in an obvious effort to streamline his performance when chasing Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) down the streets of New York. Further into the footage, a fight between the heroes-in-a-half-shell and foolish thugs breaks out in the water, with heavy-duty water tanks for buoyancy aids.
By comparison, the second TV spot (below) gives fans a fresh look at Arrow’s Stephen Amell as the human vigilante-turned Turtles ally Casey Jones and his love interest, returning star Megan Fox as fearless reporter April O’Neil. That’s in addition to featuring further glimpses at the aforementioned dimwitted duo, who have been recruited by mastermind Shredder (Brian Tee) and mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world.
As previously mentioned, Bebop and Rocksteady are about as sharp as a marble, but as pure muscle, they should offer a suitable level of opposition for the turtles. Shredder serves as the brains behind the operation and the “errands boys” will follow his direction, doing whatever they are told to do, whenever they are told to do it. And even if they come out of the battle defeated, the mutated pair will almost certainly have provided plenty of action and entertainment (and a few laughs), proving that they still have something to offer.
While it is a promising sign that the sequel is responding to the criticism surrounding the villains of TMNT (2014) by loading the film up with more bad guys, it remains to be seen whether fans will be satisfied with the depiction of some of their favourite characters when they hit the big screen. From everything that we have seen so far, the newcomers seem like they were pulled right out of the classic cartoon series, but that’s not to say that they will remain 100 percent faithful to their origins either.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Comic Book