In 2014 director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay brought some familiar heroes back to the big screen with big-budget action flick Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Despite tepid fan reaction and negative reviews, the movie was still a box office success and Paramount quickly green-lit the sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The follow-up has the core cast returning with Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Johnny Knoxville (as the voice of Leonardo), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick) and Megan Fox (April O’Neil) all reprising their roles from the original.
TMNT 2 is already shaping up to be an improvement on its predecessor, as the film looks more fun, with improved villains and a new tone that promises to do right by fans. The sequel has also added Arrow star Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, trading in his bow and arrow for a hockey stick and mask as he joins the team. The exact plot details are still under wraps, but the teaser trailer hints at a lot of action to come.
In the short glimpse at the upcoming full-length trailer, we can see the four turtles standing together and a quick flash of Jones opening his trunk to reveal his trademark hockey gear. The only words spoken are by April O’Neil, who breathlessly asks “What is that?” as she watches a giant vortex opening up over New York City. The video doesn’t give us much new information, though perhaps the answer will be revealed in the full length trailer slated to air during the Super Bowl 50 commercials.
Based on the movie’s bad guys, it seems likely that the black hole might actually be an alien invasion. We already know that Krang will be a TMNT 2 villain, looking markedly different than he did during the cartoon era, so this could be the onset of the alien making his way towards earth. With only a short glimpse of the action, it is difficult to identity exactly what we’re looking at. Any fan of The Flash could argue that this particular phenomenon looks distinctly like the singularity that threatened Central City in the season 1 finale, though it’s doubtful we’re looking at a portal into another world.
Regardless of what particular brand of disaster we’re seeing, the full length trailer should follow the pattern set by the first full length trailer: action, a little humor, and over-the-top spectacle – the perfect pairing for the “bigger is better” Super Bowl event.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens June 3rd, 2016.