‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Reboot: The Turtles Aren’t Teenagers?

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In the Age of the Franchise Reboot, few properties have proved quite as divisive as producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman’s update of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  From our first look at our re-designed Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael on a leaked poster to the new film’s actual trailer, fan criticism has yet to die down.

Ever since the reboot was announced, the franchise’s hardcore fanbase has been vocal in its disapproval. There have been a variety of reasons for this: the original plan to make the Turtles aliens; the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil; an over-the-top redesign for villain Shredder, and so on.

Fan outrage has abated somewhat, but now CBM brings us a new report on yet another change to the basic mythology of everyone’s favorite “Heroes in a Half-shell.” To wit: some leaked pictures of what appears to be a line of tie-in toys labeled “Evolution Figure Packs” suggest that the rebooted turtles will not be teenagers after all.




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The toys pictured advertise three distinct evolutionary phases: from “turtle” – our heroes in their “pre-mutant” form as ordinary turtles (albeit with color-coded shells); to “teen” – adolescent-looking turtles in what appear to be short pants and beanies, wielding wooden (?) versions of their characters’ iconic weapons; to “ninja turtles” - the full-grown versions of the redesigned characters.

Aside from the glaring question of what else Paramount has in store which will further alienate hardcore TMNT fans, do these toy designs echo the movie’s storyline in any way? This could just be a standalone tie-in – you know, for the kids – or we may actually see an early sequence depicting the “teen” turtles as they grow up under Master Splinter‘s tutelage.

Given that the original title for the reboot was simply Ninja Turtles, reflecting the change in the heroes’ origin story, maybe this toy line is just a way to hang on to that particular detail in some way. After all, the film’s screenwriter Andre Nemec did promise that while the filmmakers endeavored to make the franchise their own, they didn’t do anything “overtly kooky.” We’ll have to wait and see to be sure, though.

What are your thoughts, Screen Ranters? Would you be okay with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles not being teenagers?


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

Source: CBM

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  1. honestly??? do it really matter?? can we just wait to see the movie just once before we race to tear apart a movie? im looking forward to it regardless of all the internet basement dwelling cry babies

    and by the way, for all the Michael Bay haters, stop going if you hate him that bad because obviously enough people enjoy his work since his movies almost always make billions

    that is all.

    • Its funny how people forget that Bay is not directing this movie.

    • What’s funny is that you assume people who don’t like Michael Bay films actually go to see his films or any he’s involved with at the cinema.

      I certainly don’t. Only one I did pay to see was Transformers 2. I soon realised my mistake and haven’t been since.

      Saying that, it’s the internet, it’s like an entity that draws out every hateful, negative opinion and comment from people for seemingly no reason at all. Either that or the internet forces those of us who actually belong to a civilised society to put up with the d***heads who we’d normally be able to avoid away from a computer screen.

      • Thank for that.

        I’ll sleep much better tonight now that I know your stance, and it’s history, on Michael Bay.

      • Did you watch his others movies on DVD or cable ? Then you did pay for them

        • I check them out at the library.

    • Michael Bay’s movies make millions because the majority of the people who pay to see his films really know nothing about movies. Basically idiots. It’s crowd that knows how to appreciate a good movie that stays away from the awful that are Bay films(and they actually are awful).

      • Like I tell all the other people, let’s see you do better. It is a lot harder to make a movie than you think. In fact, it’s one of the hardest industries to get into. Calling millions of people stupid because they find his movies entertaining and nothing more.

        • You don’t have to be capable of doing something to be qualified to hold an opinion on it, kiddo. And yeah, given how dumb and utterly devoid of any redeeming qualities most of the films that Michael Bay has had a hand in over the past decade or so have been, that so many people flock to them really is a depressing commentary on just how dumb people themselves are.

    • What’s being torn apart? We only saw a few snippets so far and they aren’t very reassuring.

      And as a “glorified” Bay-hater i can assure you, we won’t go see his crappy movies. You may enjoy them however you wish though.

      That is also all.

      • Hahaha, I don’t hate Bay…. Don’t even know the guy and never met him but I do know one thing…. His movies are awful but somewhat entertaining – Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbour, Bay Boys 2, The Island, Pain & Gain, The Transformers Series (Transformers 1 removed) – Pick a winner, they are all movies for the brainless masses who seem to have far too much money. I watched T1 in the cinema and other than that all other movies on Channel 4 here in the UK (which is a free station)…. Everyone has their ‘type’ of movie, I prefer mine with a little more substance…

    • Me too Wade. I’m excited to see them on the big screen again! Just call it nostalgia. I’m a bit frightened on how it will turn out, but excited non the less!

  2. Honestly, these articles about the new TMNT Movie are becoming more and more ridiculous! Seriously scraping the bottom of the barrel if all you’re doing is complaining about the toy sets.

    Those Evolution packs look awesome and I can’t wait to see this film. Really wish people on the Internet were more susceptible to change!

    • No, You’re being ridiculous! For having faith in this film being helmed by a yes man (Jonathan Liebesman). I wish you would stop getting excited for this train-wreck!

      • Hey Whatever

        You must loveeeeeeee the internet, because we can tell that you’re the guy that gets his head smacked anytime he opens his mouth in real life.

        Tired of tossers.

        • Hahaha Damn right.

          Sick of Wankers AND tossers!

  3. Does it really matter? Who the heck cares.

  4. honestly, the only way these internet whiners can be fixed and that’s by finding a girl….and well that’s just not likely.

    • show them the Adult Toys

    • So what about the women who whine online? Turn them gay? How would that work to stop complaining?

      What about the people who don’t browse the internet but are told all available information about something by someone who does and complain based on the information given?

    • What about females who complain online? Or people who don’t browse the internet but are given all available information by someone who does and complain based on the info given?

      My brother for example doesn’t browse the internet but I’ve told him all info about this film I’ve gleaned from SR, left out my own personal opinions on the movie so far and he still hates the idea of it all based on that.

      • Hmm, my first comment refused to show up at first, glitch on the site?

  5. Maybe they’re teenaged, but gre up faster. Since, you know, mutants.

  6. I could not care less.

    Besides, the turtles were ‘teenagers’ in the loosest term, anyway.

  7. Honestly, this is barely even an “issue” worth writing about. What difference does their age make? They’re frigging turtles! And also this complaining about shredder’s so called over the top costume /design….. This is a movie about big ass turtles! Shredder looks exactly like he should in a turtles movie, this is not a Nolan version of Turtle Begins!

    • I like Shredder’s look and never saw the anger over William Fichtner’s casting so yeah, I don’t get it either.

      I guess the age thing matters because it’s always been TEENAGE Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles but considering the amount of man-children in cinema these days that look 30 but act like 5 year olds (Seth Rogen, Johnny Knoxville, etc), I guess the age part doesn’t matter any more.

      • Yeah im pretty sure if this film fails, then no one is going to want to reboot it again

  8. I don’t get why people are getting so bothered about the turtles origin, age etc. This film was sunk a long time ago, none of that stuff matters. Jonathan Liebesman (Darkness Falls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre the Beginning, Wrath of the Titans) is directing it and Michael Bay is producing it. It’s extremely unlikely its gonna be any good. Stop getting all worked up about every little aspect of it its too late, try to forget about it and save your energy for 10 years time when hopefully they re-re-reboot it with a good creative team.

  9. I had no idea there was a fan base let alone a hard core one.

  10. When you say Hard-core fans ,what you actually mean is sad lonely 40 year old geek virgins.

    • Which could apply to many other fanbases if you wanna throw that tired old insult around.

      Channing Tatum is a huge fan of X-Men, is he a sad, lonely virgin too or doesn’t he count? Likewise, Mila Kunis is addicted to World Of Warcraft and is said to play it regularly for at least 40 hours per week, is she a sad, lonely virgin for playing a game like that?

      I hope that you manage to grow up and become an adult before commenting again.

      • There are exceptions to the rule. IE those 2

  11. Bah. this note is irrelevant.
    If they are adults (which I dont think so.. Has anyone see the teaser trailer?)it doesnt matter to me.

  12. Honestly, what is the average life span of a turtle anyway for us to consider it a “teenager”?
    I thought they were considered teenagers because of their low maturity level.
    Watch the trailer. ..they wear goofy outfits, ride on skateboards equipped with booster rockets and make quirky jokes.
    They’re teenagers, for sure.

  13. Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman = no talent hacks. i wouldn’t spend a dime on this movie or any other

  14. Meh. Not gonna see the reboot anyway

  15. I kinda figured this was the case a while ago given the fact that the model design does not come across as teen-like added to the fact that they were not originally going to use “teenage” in their title. To me they just look like adults who’ve aged very badly.

  16. Going to see it regardless of what ish any of you talk.

    I am not sad.
    I am not lonely.
    I am no virgin.

  17. Ouch, that’s my first time seeing the full image of Shredder. Eh, it’s a tad over the top in my opinion. Looks like a guy wearing a mechanical suit, how’s he supposed to even walk in all that gear never mind do martial arts and fight.

  18. Too many anal reviewers (intentional or not) and users really. SR can make sht up, and they do, just to get people riled up. That’s what this article does. They could claim that the turtles are not true to their green color and there be an uproar. It’s not hard to make sht up like this. And it’s definitely not hard to keep on doing it because you have a portion of your users that are freaking cynical about everything and anything.

    In the end, a portion, and I’m guessing a huge portion, of SCs revenue are from getting users to actively come here and comment and rant about stuff and even crap so advertisers are happy. They win. :)

    • Ah! You got us!

      [Rolls Eyes]

  19. I really want to know what they’re going to fill in backstory. I’d like to see the turtles “grow up,” at least some scenes of them as teenagers, if we’re going to follow them mostly as adults. Is the movie going to be fun? Is it going to be totally serious? Who’s the target audience, really?

  20. Guys there’s an update on the website that says the turtles will indeed be teenagers in the film.

  21. It seems like all the articles about the TMNT film are just looking for something to get the haters all riled up, pull out their pitchforks and head to the comments section.

    Really? Toys meaning they’re not teens in the film? It’s in the freaking name of the movie!

    I hope there’s some actual news next time.

  22. There’s a new TV spot that makes it pretty clear that this is indeed the case. It’s got a quick snippet of footage of teenage versions of the Turtles in training.

    It did kinda seem strange to me that the “Teenage Mutant” part of the logo for the new flick was in a way smaller font than the “Ninja Turles” part, given that it was originally just titled “Ninja Turtles” before the fans threw a s***-fit. Seems that though they tacked the “Teenage Mutant” part on to appease them, but kept the Turtles as adults while hoping that nobody would notice.

    I mean…not that it’s a big deal that the Turtles are now adults, but I’m a little peeved that Liebesman would rather lie through his crooked teeth about it than stick to his guns and tell the overly obsessive fan-base to take a chill pill. So skeevy, and I’m sure that someone could make a good case for it being false advertising too if it bothers ‘em enough to try.