‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Production Images Reveal Tougher Turtles, Sharper Shredder [Updated]

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Right now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has fans pretty freaked out. Michael Bay is producing the film through his not-so-loved Platinum Dunes company; the director of Battle Los Angeles (far from a universal crowd pleaser) is at the helm; the storyline and character design rumors have not been encouraging; Megan Fox was cast as reporter April O’Neil… we’ve heard all of these complaints and more.

Turtlemania (not the good kind) reached a new pitch recently, as the image of an alleged TMNT official Halloween costume broke onto the Interwebs and had people freaking out all over again. Some people were anxious about what the costume might imply about the overall design of the motion-capture CGI turtles we’ll see in the film; others somehow worried that the child’s costume WAS the official look of the turtles in the film (can’t really explain that). In either case, fans have grown more worried than ever.

…But Halloween costumes are just flimsy merchandise. Even when the images that depict them are 100% accurate, there’s no telling what percentage of accuracy that costume has when compared to finished CGI renderings in motion on a movie screen. (I could go down of list of cases where crude images betrayed what turned out to be successful character designs – but we have someone already working on that article. 😉 )

Now CBM has posted a series of images that might change the Ninja Turtles debate yet again; they are pictures supposedly taken by a source close to the production, depicting the new Ninja Turtles in maquette (figurine model) form:


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Now, the initial speculation about the new Ninja Turtles began with alleged toyline descriptions. The Halloween costume image matched the toy descriptions, thereby lending further credit to theories about the character designs. These production maquettes (if that’s what they indeed are) also fall in line with those two previous examples. The image is blurred (we may soon have updates with better looks), but here are details of the leaked toy descriptions, which we can now see confirmed by the maquette photo:

  • Leonardo: a sort of pseudo samurai gear get up including shoulder armor, some leg bits, arm bracer and foot wear up to the calf with bindings showing… Armor (non metal) along his chest as well.
  • Donatello: a mix of techie, modern and a dash of samurai…with some gadget on his head and gadgetry coming off of his shell.
  • Raphael: an urban warrior look with white, bandage-like wrappings on his feet, right leg, and right arm. He wears this very Conan-esque loin cloth..thing..with leather straps draping down as if he were more suited for gladiatorial battle.
  • Michelangelo: a hoodie wrapped around his waist, pants and sneakers with the toes cut out, wrappings on his hands and forearms, a necklace…and his mask ends drape down to his chest.

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At this point we can basically call it: what we initially heard from those toy descriptions is almost certainly what we’re getting in the film – and there’s good AND bad news that goes along with that (quasi-)assurance.

GOOD NEWS: Those maquette turtles look WAY better than what the Halloween costume had people nervous they were going to see. The turtles – for all their “urbanization,” “modernization” and/or “gadgetry” – look like actual mutant creatures that are trained (and athletically able) to kick some serious ass. The four of them look distinct, with distinct personalities, and they also fall on a good line between being kid-friendly and adult acceptable. When getting four humanoid mutant turtles who know martial arts to look “realistic” on the big screen, you could do a LOT worse than this.

BAD NEWS: If the leaked toy designs were correct, then we could be in for a pretty bad version of Turtle-nemesis, The Shredder (Lone Ranger star William Fichtner). Here’s what was said about him in the leaked descriptions:

Pointy edges coming off of absolutely anything. He’ll be the stuff of ridicule for some time. Very overcomplicated outfit.

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The image above is a cool rendition – but if the source who initially saw the toy designs felt the need to use the phrase “stuff of ridicule,” that’s probably an omen that something is off in the design.

…Then again, fans have been panicking about the design of the Turtles, and now it looks like that could turn out okay. So… here’s hoping?



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

Source: i09 (via CBM)

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  1. these are sooo horrible bring back the old skool deaign

  2. The new Shredder…. EPIC.

  3. I gotta admit, I love the design. That concept design for Shredder looks menacing.

  4. will it be actors in a turtle costume ?
    or will it be a full CGI turtles ?

    • Its basically both it’s motion capture it’s what they did in the rise of the planet of the apes Witt he apes, avatar with the blue aliens, and the avengers with the hulk

      • Oh so, its like Gollum in LOTR movies. or Clooney when he becomes batman.

        • Clooney was playing Batman? Oh so that’s what that was.

  5. That looks sweet I have a good feeling about this movie :)

  6. I was not planning to see the movie due to megan fox being cast and as a rule I tend to avoid her movies…asthey tend to suck.

    Shredder looks like an awesome bad a$$ who you don’t even want to mess with.

    Turtles look cool.

    Still will wait for trailer for final jugdement but if I have a boring Sunday…I may see it…or not still depends.

    • no one gives a flying f**k on when or if you watch any movie

      • Nobody gives a flying f*** that your opinion is that nobody gives a flying f***.

  7. I never was a big fan of this cartoon, so I will not go pay to watch this movie. I have a feeling it’s going to be a flop !

    • This isn’t based in the cartoon. It’s based on the original Comics. They were very (I mean very) mature and really dark in tone. The cartoon was a severely toned down version for kids.

      • The comics were certainly “darker and grittier” than the cartoon, but a lot of the “darker and grittier” elements had to do with more morally gray themes. Master Splinter training the turtles in ninjitsu for the sole purpose of avenging his fallen master Hamato Yoshi. The turtles actually question whether they did the right thing in offing the Shredder in the 13 part City at War because the civil war amongst the remnants of the American branch of the Foot Clan is resulting in many innocent people dying in the crossfire. They even ally themselves with Karai to bring the American branch of the Foot Clan back under her control. Splinter’s arc in that story involves him making the choice between trying to live by some set code of honor or doing what is necessary to survive. In the end, he throws out those human notions to do what’s necessary and commits cannibalism.

        In between all that kind of stuff, there are issues that could easily have fit into the Fred Wolf cartoon with little to no editing. (Michealangelo one-shot, The Unmentionables, Dome Doom, #2, etc.) Leonardo’s catchphrase “Turtles fight with honor!” comes from the end of issue #2 where he calls out “Turtles die with honor!” as the mousers are bearing down on him and the other turtles. The turtles spouting pop culture references are seen on back to back pages in issue #3 referencing Hill Street Blues and Richard Petty.

        I may not have explained those certain examples well enough, but the more mature comic books is not what we’re going to see on screen. I’d be willing to bet that the 1990 film is still going to be far more mature than what we see in the 2014 film.

    • Your interested enough to comment though.

      • And…?

  8. My Child hood is officially screwed. Thank you Bay and Co. I know he didn’t direct but still this is a poop fest.

    • Childhood ruined how? if your referring to that 80s cartoon Im sorry but it was kinda silly crap.

    • To be fair the 80’s cartoon was a kiddy watered-down version of the original gritty comics.

      • To be fair, the 80’s cartoon is why they are popular today. Not a comic book an “original, gritty” comic book that .005% of people have even heard of.

        • Same with The Mask (which needs a reboot).

          No one knows that The Mask was a seriously violent comic before it was turned into a live action Tex Avery cartoon for the Jim Carrey movie.

        • True but the first movie and the 2003 cartoon both went back to be more like the original comics though rather than the 80’s cartoon.

  9. This looks great doesn’t mean the film will be good, but the characters look completely PERFECT I hope this movie does really well. TMNT!

  10. The Shredder looks so damn AWESOME!!!

    By the way, why is everyone bashing Bay? It makes no god damn sense.

    Is he writing the movie? No
    Is he directing it? No
    Is he in charge of the auditions? No
    Is he the executive producer? No
    Is he the one who designed the look of the turtles? No
    Blaming him for whatever problems you have for this film is like blaming Stan Lee for X-Men 3.

    • THANK. YOU. It seems like people aren’t even trying to learn that Jonathan Liebesman is the director, NOT Michael Bay.

      • However, having Liebesman calling the shots is not all the reassuring. Out of his 8 director’s credits, the two best rated are short films and also the only ones rated over 5.9.

        In reference, while Michael Bay is far from a cinematic genius, most of his movies tend to be rated somewhere between 6.5 and 7, with few exceptions.

        Still, since I love the TMNT and actually don’t have a problem with Bay’s take on the Transformers, I remain hopeful for Liebesman’s version. I just hope he doesn’t give us another Wrath of the Titans, even though it was arguably better than the first one.

        • that reassuring*

    • Yeah, people just love to blindly hate on Bay (especially when any mention of this film comes up), and no amount of reasoning will convince them otherwise.

      Any potential bad news about this movie will all be blamed on Michael Bay, but he will not get any credit for anything good about the film.

        • Blindly in reference to this film. They have problems with his other films and will transfer those feelings to this film and blame him for any news about it that they don’t like, regardless of whether he has anything to do with it or not.

          He’s doing press for this because he’s the biggest name attached to it. Kind of like when Nolan was prominently noted as the producer of Man of Steel, since “director of Dark Knight” is a bigger draw then “director of Watchmen”.

          You might give Bay credit, but most others won’t.

  11. Well I have to say that based on the character outfits alone…TMNT looks a hell of a lot better than Xmen does. Now whether or not the movie is any good we shall see but for now I’m impressed.

  12. I wish they would’ve just updated the turtles rather than adding all the gear. Leonardo looks dumb

  13. The Shredder images look like concept design art. That means it could be the final look but it might not be.

  14. This Shredder is channeling his inner Castle Grayskull and Iron Maiden. Get me? If he can functionally fight and move like a ringwraith, it’s awesome. If it’s bulky and clunky, it is a total failure.

    • I feel his armor will be CGI like Zod’s armor in Man of Steel. So yeah no hindering.

  15. These actually look pretty awesome. I’ve been criticizing this project for some time now but these designs get me kinda interested.

    • I’m on the same boat. I didn’t really care about the movie up until now, and looking back at some comments by Michael Bay:

      “There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press,” Bay said. “I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.”

      “Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles (the comics) to help expand and give a more complex backstory. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

      This sounds awesome if you ask me! They’re really going all out and clearly adapting the original comics.

      • He mentions working closely with “one of the original creators” but I wonder if the other will change his mind when he sees these designs since he’s hated the project from the beginning.

      • 1. This isn’t going to be anything like the original comics. The 1990 TMNT film was the closest we’re ever going to get to a true Mirage TMNT adaptation. They constructed the story by selecting certain scenes straight out of the comic book and writing a narrative to connect them. That was the plan with the Secret of the Ooze until the suits stepped in and made some poor decisions because of some outrage from the parents.

        2. That particular comment was made well over a year after the infamous “from an alien race” comments. Michael Bay is flat out lying because we know production of the film was stopped so that they could rework the script, and the script that leaked had the turtles as actual aliens from Dimension X. (written a few weeks before the comments were made)

        3. Kevin Eastman has zero say in what is done with the film because neither he nor Peter Laird own the property anymore. He’s hired as a consultant so the studio can attach his name to the production and have him promote/support it.

  16. I knew it. this will be freaking orgasmic.

  17. Those look freaking awesome. I hope the script matches this tone and has a real story to tell. More rise of the planet of the apes, and less transformers

  18. Love the turtles design (although I’ll say Leo’s chest piece is kinda ridiculous)! Btw, Shredder looks alien-ish but damn menacing! Love it!

  19. Considering how little faith I have in this movie, those designs look really good. Even shredder, even though the rumors were that he looked ridiculous, I honestly think he looks awesome. So my faith in this movie has just slightly gone up. At least if the movie is bad the turtles will look good.

  20. “[…] others somehow worried that the child’s costume WAS the official look of the turtles in the film (can’t really explain that).”

    I sort of can, given that you (you, Kofi, not ScreenRant as an abstract entity) titled that article “‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Halloween Costume Reveals New Turtle Design.”
    First throw the stone, then hide your hand, right?

    Anyway: the Halloween costume design actually looks pretty close to the actual design for Michelangelo, it seems. The big difference is in the characters’ proportions.

    • “I sort of can…”

      Well you didn’t. The design of the Halloween costume is as accurate as a kid’s Halloween costume could be, and literally was our first peak at what the movie design was like. Some saw it and thought that it’s what the turtles would officially look like in the film (which is ridiculous beyond belief) – and you’re saying it’s because of the title of the article? Get out of here with that. Sorry if you were naive enough to believe the movie would have Halloween costumed kids running around.

      • I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt here and not dismiss your comment as trolling right off the bat.

        What I said is that Kofi is basically saying here, “I wrote a title that was explicitly meant to have you believe that was the actual costume design for Michelangelo in the movie, and you all thought it was true? Unbelievable!”
        Which sounds to me like both a ridiculous statement in and of itself, and a false one at the same time given that that indeed was the costume design we were getting. Obviously it was plastered over some kid’s skinny figure and didn’t reflect what the CGI character model would look like, but those are the exact costume choices they went for, with the cut-off pants, the sneakers and the sweater. And that’s just ugly as hell, no matter how you put it.

  21. They would make more profit if they just released them cool action figures and scrapped the movie lmao

  22. Pretty bad ass!!!!!!!

  23. Looks awesome!

  24. Look at you Screen Ranters…

    Giving something some love, instead of cynicism and hate.

    Go on wit ya bad self!

    I think the Turtles and Shredder look great as well. Wish they would apply that philosophy of design, in regards to source materiel, to the Transformers next.

  25. Somebody gotta say it: those turtle heads look like the heads of those reptilian Oompa Loompas (or whatever they are called) in that god-awful Super Mario Bros. movie.

    • Those terrible versions of the Goombas?

    • Not at all. The goombas heads were tiny and round, the tmnt’s heads look perfect. get some glasses and a better point of view.

  26. All the people complaining about this, can you please tell what you wanted or expected. Leo looks like he’s cobbled together a samurai costume from the sewers of New York, it’s exactly how I’d expect a ninja who lives in a sewer to look. I like how their armour reflects their personalities a little bit.
    Can we stop expecting so much from this film. It’s about giant fighting turtles. It should a fun movie, and these turtles look like they’ll fit in well.

    • “Leo looks like he’s cobbled together a samurai costume from the sewers of New York, it’s exactly how I’d expect a ninja who lives in a sewer to look.”

      You would expect a ninja to look like a samurai? They’re totally different warriors with different background and fighting technique.

      I’d agree the turtles look great but the samurai armor makes no sense based on the fact already mentioned and also because I’d imagine Leo already has enough armor in the chest region due to the shell.

  27. Shredder looks menazing as hell, and William Fitchner is a fascinating actor with oustanding versatibility, for me he is the only but more than enought reason to looking forward about this.

  28. they actually look pretty badass!