Rumor Patrol: New ‘Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Logo Brings Back ‘Teenage’ & ‘Mutant’?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Logo Rumor Patrol: New Ninja Turtles Reboot Logo Brings Back Teenage & Mutant?

For months, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been hit with one head-scratching piece of information after another – as producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) prepared a live-action reboot of the iconic comic book (and later cartoon) characters. Of course, fan frustration with movie adaptations is par for the course in Hollywood but, this time, significant alterations had been proposed – most notably the choice to drop “Teenage” and “Mutant” from the Turtles’ background.

The alteration to the origin story, which repositioned the Ninja Turtles as dimension-hopping aliens, drew criticisms from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird and became a go-to point of contention whenever new TMNT news broke. However, a yet-to-be-confirmed rumor suggests that, after the film was delayed, the filmmakers may have added TM back into the NT.

The report comes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan-site TMNT Lair, who claim that when Paramount showed-off Star Trek into Darkness as well as Pain and Gain footage a few days ago at CinemaCon, the studio also presented a new Ninja Turtles logo – which allegedly read “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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As mentioned, at this point, the rumor is unconfirmed – so take this report with a major grain of salt for now. At the time of this writing, no official or unofficial photo of the logo is available for confirmation. Not to mention, it’s hard to imagine that countless industry reporters in-house for the presentation wouldn’t have noticed the logo change (especially since the Ninja Turtles title has been such a hot-button issue). Nevertheless, since Star Trek was headlining the event, a new Ninja Turtles logo was nothing more than a fleeting moment in the presentation. It is possible that only a few people made the connection – and no one thought to snag a picture.

We’ll keep an eye out for an official update but, assuming the rumor is true, it certainly lends credence to comments from recently cast Raphael actor Alan Ritchson (Aquaman on Smallville) who suggested that, with regard to the Ninja Turtles film, “everything you read online is wrong.” It’s certainly possible that, following backlash to the Ninja Turtles titling, Bay and Liebesman, along with writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Procotol), used added time during the delay to make cosmetic script changes and reincorporate elements that would have been sticking points for longtime fans.

That said, even if “Teenage” and “Mutant” are back in the title (and part of the Turtles’ personalities), it doesn’t mean that the dimension-traveling aliens angle is entirely out of the picture. An equally possible scenario: the Turtles are teenagers, mutants, and ninjas, but might still be aliens from another dimension. Meaning, their mutation (and possibly their ninja training) could occur prior to arriving on Earth – even if they still identify as TMNT. Bay recently debunked the legitimacy of a leaked script, which followed Casey Jones as the main protagonist and positioned the Turtles as members of an alien race, but just because that treatment isn’t in play doesn’t mean that the alternate dimension backstory isn’t still true.

teenage mutant ninja turtles reboot working title Rumor Patrol: New Ninja Turtles Reboot Logo Brings Back Teenage & Mutant?

Remember, long before the Ninja Turtles title debate, Bay summed up his Turtles like this:

“These turtles [in the reboot] are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”

Later, he asserted that the title change was a marketing move by Paramount:

“Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie.”

As a result, the likelihood is that the core alien race backstory has always remained the same, with only slight alterations for the sake of simplicity (removing Teenage and Mutant) and then, later, fan service (by reinstating Teenage and Mutant). It’s important to note that appeasing fans might not even be the main reason for changing the title – considering the on-going success of cartoon series titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After all, Paramount will want to make the connection clear to children who watch the current Nick TV series.

Still, longtime Turtle lovers will likely be split on whether a possible new TMNT logo is welcome news or nothing more than semantics – some took issue with the non-Ooze origin story and others balked at the idea of Ninja Turtles that were not outright Teenage and Mutant. Now, it’s sounding increasingly as if these Ninja Turtles will adhere to the personalities of the fan-favorite cartoon/comic characters, but may not follow the established backstory.

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That is, assuming that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo from CinemaCon is even real. We’ll be sure to provide an update when (and if) we hear something official.

Ninja Turtles hits theaters June 6th, 2014.

Source: TMNT Lair [via CBM].

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  1. Heroes in a half shell!

    • Turtle Power!!! 😀

      • Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!!!!

        • ice ice baby!

  2. Hopefully it doesn’t suck… This article makes me wanna watch secret of the ooze again haha

  3. If true, this is great news. No alien turtles!!!

  4. it will suck, when has bay disappointed us?

  5. So they’re likely to be aliens who are technically teenagers in their own world but ancient in Earth years?

  6. I really, REALLY don’t want alien turtles. If this rumor is true, it’ll be the best thing I’ve heard of the project ever since the news broke that it would be delayed.

    • But the ~”Teenage Mutant” part still can’t technically rule out the aliens thing.

      • And Megan Fox is still attached.

        • *sigh* facepalm *sigh*

        • She was hilarious in Jennifer’s Body. That’s all I got.

  7. I could care less about the title change, its Paramount jacking with the back story that has me angered. If they dont want to do a turtles movie then make something else and drop the turtle title. Nuff said

    • Agreed. Paramount wouldn’t want to risk creating a new franchise and characters with the backstory they have planned because of the feeling that it may fail, so instead they decide to tamper with another successful and HIGHLY ORIGINAL franchise for the sake of generating dollars. They would like for us to believe they are “plussing” the Turtles backstory and overall Turtle universe but why try to plus perfection anyway? Still not sold on this reboot, at all.

  8. “Teenage” and “mutant” are back in the title? Sweet! Now all they need to do is get rid of Megan Fox and Michael Bay, rewrite the script, and get a better director and this movie will be good to go :)

  9. Hopefully their idea of “teenagers” are abhorrent unlikeable d-bags like those of other bay films,
    and look cool in design as mutant turtles.

  10. Hopefully their idea of “teenagers” arent abhorrent unlikeable d-bags like those of other bay films,
    and look cool in design as mutant turtles.

  11. To the title of the article, good!

  12. the only thing that bothered me was megan fox being cast, everything else was fine to me. why do people get so hung up on origins. its being made into a movie not a cartoon, i think the whole turtle walking into green ooze is the most ridiculous creation ever, stupid! it would make sense that they were alien that happened to look like turtles on our world, who are also teenagers. don’t be ridiculous people.

    • Aliens that just so happen to look exactly like Earth turtles makes sense. Right….

      • To be fair, there is a film coming out with an alien raccoon, but I do viciously despise making the mutant turtles into alien turtles. Just seems a stupid unnecessary change in lore.

  13. Just drop the idea of them being aliens entirely -_- I won’t mind that and Bay are involved too much just please drop that insulting idea :(

  14. Oroko Saki murders Hamano Yoshi and small rat witnesses. Change even one inch of that and it isn’t turtles. Period.

  15. My friends and I always called them “Ninja Turtles” as kids so I don’t really care about the title change. As others have said though, if the title change implies a change in origin from mutants to aliens, then it will be quite annoying to the fans.

  16. How are they Turtles if they are not from earth?!?! Turtles are from PLANET EARTH!!

  17. Only way for this movie to be good is to have J.J. Abrams or Christopher Nolan as director

    • What’s wrong with Michael Bay? I dont know why everyone ha a problem with him as a Director. He did an awesome job directing all Transformers movie.

  18. Couldn’t really care less about the title, but please, for the love of god, do NOT make them aliens. TMNT being aliens defeats the entire purpose as to WHY fans love them in the first place. If you want to argue ‘the ooze was alien/trans-dimensional and as a result they’re sort of aliens’ angle, then go ahead, but they have to be earth turtles, who were mutated and grew up beneath the sewers of New York.
    This is integral for the turtles. It’s what makes them our heroes, it’s what invests them in keeping New York safe and honestly, ‘ALIENS WHO LOOK LIKE HUMANOID TURTLES AND SOMEHOW MYSTERIOUSLY KNOW A MARTIAL ART THAT LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE NINJUTSU’ is even more ridiculous than the concept of a teenage mutant ninja turtle in the first place.

  19. conceptually making them alien brings another concern: their uniqueness would be lost. if the turtles are mutates it means that they are the only ones so it could play on their psychology. if they are aliens, well unless their homeworld is destroyed or something they wouldn’t feel isolated or alone on this world…

  20. If they are aliens would they be considered “turtles” anyway?

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