‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Teaser Trailer: Are Heroes Created?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Easily one of the most contentious film productions of the past year, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has faced a steady stream of fan outrage – ever since it was first announced that divisive filmmaker Michael Bay would produce the project. Starting with the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil to reports that the titular heroes would simply be Ninja Turtles of extraterrestrial origin (not Mutant Teenagers), passionate fans of the original Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comic series – as well as the subsequent animated shows – have been extremely outspoken about the modern remake’s repeated attempts to defile the beloved brand.

Throughout, Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) have reassured passionate Ninja Turtles lovers that the film will honor the source material, while also providing a new bar for TMNT live-action adventure. To their credit, after a laughable Halloween costume reveal once again sent fans into a fury, leaked images of the actual Turtle designs appeared online – to mostly positive response from casual moviegoers and die-hard Shell Heads alike.

Still, anyone on DeviantArt can update the look of the Turtles, and without seeing the characters in motion, the designs only go so far in providing an idea of what to expect from the feature film. Now, with only five months before the film’s release, we’re finally getting a look at Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the form of an official teaser trailer.

In addition, we now have an official synopsis for the TMNT reboot:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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Unsurprisingly, the footage is short on overt shots of the TMNT heroes – which will no doubt be featured more extensively in the first full trailer for the film. We get a few good looks at the more “realistic” Turtle designs, along with brief glimpses of the shadowy do-gooders in action, but the teaser spends the majority of its time setting up a new version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backstory and world.

Interestingly, the footage is narrated by Eric Sachs/The Shredder (William Fichtner) who, based on his voiceover, indicates that he, along with April O’Neil’s father, created the Turtles (with Ooze) for the purpose of curbing unchecked criminals in New York City. Why a criminal mastermind like Shredder would want to fight crime is, of course, unclear at this point. It’s certainly likely that Shredder’s narration is unreliable and that he actually created the Turtles as weapons to gain an upper hand against competing crime organizations – until the heroes turned on their creator. Another possible explanation could see Shredder setting out with the intention of enforcing justice, only to become corrupted and power-hungry in the process.

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Some fans will, without question, balk at the reveal that April’s father was also involved in creating the Turtles but, in terms of delivering the best movie possible, the choice helps provide a more meaningful reason for the reporter to become so obsessed with this particular story (and its heroes). A valiant investigator, willing to put her life in danger for “the truth,” works at surface level but connecting April’s father to Shredder and the Turtles provides a lot more room for human drama to go along with all the Ninja fighting. Plus, mysterious scientific experiments should also open-up the film’s core storyline – so that the filmmakers can explore plenty of fan-favorite characters and ideas in subsequent installments (see: The Amazing Spider-Man movie universe).

Despite all of the cartoonish elements, the trailer’s tone is actually pretty serious – and reaffirms Hollywood’s ongoing effort in providing every superhero franchise a “dark” and “gritty” reboot. That said, don’t expect Platinum Dunes and Nickelodeon Movies to pass up the opportunity to appeal to a whole new generation of Turtle fans – with characters like Michelangelo (not to mention Will Arnett’s Vernon Fenwick) running around, there’s sure to be plenty of humor (and Cowabunga) to go along with the shadowy Ninja action.

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MORE: TMNT Production Images Reveal Turtles & Shredder


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. This movie looks like a lot of fun to watch. The action looks epic, the visuals are impressive, and the story seems interesting enough (I expect nothing less from the screenwriters of Ghost Protocol). The changes to The Shredder don’t bother me too much anymore (I think Fincher should have been Baxter Stockman) but it makes sense. The only thing I hate is Megan Fox. She has the same damn facial expression every single time. Aside from that, most of my doubts have been swiped away. Looks 100 times better than Transformers 4.

  2. In the words of Charles Barkley “This is turrible”

    • in TMNT fashion, would it be “turrtle-ible”?

  3. ohh my god that looks horrible beyond words. i can’t even express how bad this looks.

    • unbelievable….

      sorry, just couldn’t resist, lol.

    • HAHA fanboy

  4. I’ll wait for more trailers until I decide to give it a shot in the cinema (will probably see it at some point tho) but is it just me or dose it seem like this movie’s gonna take itself way to seriously?

    idk, could just be this particular trailer, but I’d be really sad to see yet another kids franchise act as if it’s got something to prove by being ‘realistic’. just embrace the weirdness man! people are fully capable of taking weird dumb things at face value as long as the film itself don’t make a big deal out of it.

  5. I’ve got To admit, I’m not very keen on what I’m seeing. I can’t completely slam it though, first impressions may not do it justice. Michael Bay has never failed to dissappoint me with dissappointing me. So, I hope it is good, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • “Michael Bay has never failed to disappoint me with disappointing me.”

      haha that’s awesome..

  6. I didn’t think it was that bad of a trailer. The only part that seemed a little fake was Donatello and Leonardo “shell skiing.” But Michelangelo talking to April was pretty legit.

    • Yeah that last bit with Michelangelo was the only enjoyable part in the teaser, even though the cgi looked kinda crap but I’m sure it will be well polished before release.

    • Actually, it was Donnie and Raph. Being that Raph exploded the humvee without concussion.

      • Good call. Just went back and watched it again and saw the Sai’s!

  7. WoW!!!! This is what I was expecting!!! Excitin :D

  8. you guys kill me. this wasn’t even a bad trailer. the turtles look better than i thought they will be and it looks like a fun movie. u guys just want to hate it just to hate it.

    • My only problem was that the turtles were a little big for me

      • I agree they have some odd proportions and look gigantic. These Teenagers certainly hit a growth spurt.

        • But really stop and think about how big a Teenage humaniod Turtle would grow to be. There isn’t any definitive height restriction to humanoid animals so you can’t really complain.

          • My issue with the turtles being big is that it’s difficult to see them as ninja, who are supposed to be swift and stealthy.

        • Turtles do get big in RL, usually takes a long time. But, goo.

    • Couldnt have said it better myself.

  9. CG for Michelangelo talking to April looks really good. I’m surprised.

  10. The CG turtles look a lot better than Megan’s CG face. What happened to her?

  11. I support this!!!

  12. What if Splinter is April’s mutated father betrayed by Shredder??

    oh no… :(

  13. Not as bad as I expected it to look… but it still looks pretty bad. Not going to rant or anything, this movie just isn’t for me. I hope a lot of people enjoy this, but this trailer just doesn’t give me a better look at the film. Not going to see it, simple as that.


    • good question !

  15. Is it the best teaser trailer no, but I think people need to calm down and wait until we see more. Stop using Michael bay as an excuse to TROLL on the internet. The 80′s television show is protected by nostalgia it was far from perfect. In order for these characters that everybody apparently loves to survive they need to be able to evolve and be interpreted in new ways. It may not always work but at least they are keeping these characters relevant.

  16. The two last scenes of the movie looked descent(the mask scene and the batter up scene)but the rest felt so woefully standard and uninspired. When I saw it wasn’t actually directed by MB I went “Well maybe this can be good”… and then I looked up Liebesman’s filmography. And seriously, couldn’t they at least have colored her hair red? Just giving her a yellowish jacket doesn’t give her that O’Neill feel.

    • Agreed

  17. It’s gone the way of Transformers I think. If you like that than it’s great but if you’re on the other camp then it’s bad. This movie is going to tell us how many are in each camp.

  18. Aside from not having red masks on all of them, it looks great. Very different than the prior attempts to portray them on film. Can’t wait to see the Mousers if there is a sequel.

  19. “And that’s all it was for 90 mins. It won eight oscars that year including best screenplay.”

  20. I wouldn’t put it on my list of things to see for the summer but it does look like it’ll be a fun movie to go see on a Friday night!

  21. Not bad, but I was never a fan of “Teenage” Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. I only was a fan of the comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The cartoon kind of ruined it for me.

  22. This has Grand pa written all over it. Gather up a few grand sons and go see it…TMNT look like they have been pumping steroids. Seriously big. Perhaps that will be a theme there. Megan fox is at least pleasing to the eye. More needs to be seen before judgement can be passed.

  23. I’ll watch it once it becomes available on Netflix or as a late night filler on tv…

  24. so, as far as product placement will go i reckon papa johns for the pizza and john west for the anchovies. hope beebop and rocksteady are in the film, couple of right goons

  25. Wait, Nickelodeon Studios is STILL a thing?

  26. Michelangelo looks like Shrek. Pause it when his mask is off

  27. I didn’t know the turtles would be CGI … That kinda sucks

  28. for me the turtles look like Forest Whitaker