[Warning: this article contains potential SPOILERS for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2]
The upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has some things its predecessor did not. Specifically, the sequel to the Michael Bay-produced 2014 TMNT reboot has twice the Turtle time and roughly four times the number of major villains. Last time around, the heroes in a half shell dealt primarily with one villain: their arch-nemesis Shredder. For their next outing, they get not only a new Shredder, but also a couple of bruisers by the name of Bebop and Rocksteady as well as a more… brainy adversary.
A new Rolling Stone interview with Michael Bay confirms Krang’s appearance in TMNT 2 by way of describing a scene in which a prototype for the villain is shown to Bay for approval:
“They start with Ninja Turtles animation. Pablo Helman, a visual-effects supervisor who worked on the Star Wars prequels, appears onscreen and shows Bay the latest version of Krang, a new-to-the-movies villain who is, essentially, a disembodied brain inside a giant robot. ‘So we’ve eliminated the tentacles,’ Helman explains. ‘Is it too monster-ish?’
‘He could have some tentacles,’ says Bay. ‘I just don’t want them coming out of the side. He looks like a stupid octopus.'”
While Krang’s appearance in TMNT 2 has been speculated upon previously, this is the first time it has been confirmed. Fans of the 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon will remember him as the nasally voiced, brain-like alien who traveled around in a rather goofy-looking robot body as he worked with Shredder on various plans to defeat the Turtles and take over the planet Earth. While that incarnation of the character was hardly the stuff of nightmares, the quote from Bay at least sets fears aside that the movie version of the character will look like a “stupid octopus.” Unfortunately, past that, his appearance is still up to the imagination of the general public.
And the appearance of Krang is something that will likely be considered very important to fans. The 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film was met with criticism from certain segments of the fan base for its character design on the titular turtles. While the first trailer for the sequel didn’t alter the look of the four color-coded heroes, it did introduce the aforementioned Bebop and Rocksteady. While altered, the design of the two characters seemed to more closely resemble the late ’80s cartoon and its subsequent action figures. It will be interesting to see if the design on Krang leans more towards nostalgia for his animated series counterpart, or if the film will go in an entirely new direction.
With TMNT 2 pitting the Turtles against the sizable rogues’ gallery of aforementioned villains, as well as introducing Shredder’s daughter, mad scientist Baxter Stockman, and hockey super-fan Casey Jones, one could be excused for worrying that the movie is getting a little too overstuffed. It’s not uncommon for sequels to go overboard with introducing new characters. Just ask The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Still, TMNT 2 is not a movie that is going to win audiences over with subtlety, so perhaps with more characters leading to more chances for action, it will ultimately end up being a good thing.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Rolling Stone