Another theatrical trailer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action reboot ought to arriving very soon; chances are, it’ll hit the ‘Net sometime next week, before it premieres in theaters attached to select prints of director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction at the end of the month (given the film’s shared target demographic and the fact that Bay also produced TMNT). Said preview ought to provide a better look at the various characters in motion but, in the meantime, we can offer you a higher-qualty still look at the new screen iteration of famous Turtles villain, The Shredder.
As with just other key elements of the TMNT mythos, the Shredder character is being partially re-invented for this new cinematic take on the property. His alter ego is now named Eric, rather than Oroku Saki, and is being portrayed by character actor William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger). Whether or not Eric has any special talents in the martial arts remains to be seen, but his armor is so dangerous looking on its own that unique fighting capabilities don’t seem to be a necessity – as far as him being able to match off with the Turtles goes, anyway.
Previously-released TMNT concept art has provided a sneak peek at the Shredder’s metallic accessories, while a showdown between the villain and the Turtles’ stoic rat master, Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub), was briefly glimpsed in a TV spot for the film that premiered a while back. Below, however, is a screenshot from the Splinter/Shredder duel (originally posted to Twitter) – one which offers the most complete, high-quality look yet at both this sequence’s beginning and the latter character dressed for battle in the movie.
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An early description of The Shredder’s new look, based on the toy design, pegged the villain’s armor as making for a “very overcomplicated outfit” – and, to be honest, that’s not an altogether unfair summary of the costume, either. Of course, as mentioned before, in the near future we might be getting an even better look at what the Shredder armor is like, functionally-speaking, with the next trailer, so it’s best to not leap to any conclusions about the design, either.
Still, as seems to be true of TMNT in general, the Transformers influence appears to weigh heavy on The Shredder’s new look, as far as the multiple components and heavyset, almost robot-like build of the costume is concerned. There are also those Edward Scissorhands style hand blades to consider – which, to be fair, could turn out to be quite useful during close-quarters combat (or for slicing up vegetables to make dinner, at least).
The teaser trailer indicated that the reboot’s script – by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Evan Daugherty (Divergent) – will introduce a different, possibly deeper, link between the Turtles and Shredder’s respective backstories – a sign that director Jonathan Liebesman’s TMNT might boast a more satisfying narrative than recent (okay, any of the) Transformers installments. If so, it’ll be all the easier to forgive Shredder’s outfit looking a little “overcomplicated.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives in U.S. theaters on August 8th, 2014.