Paramount has been going all-out on promoting its upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a reboot of the live-action movie franchise based on the property created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird – and thus, the movie had a notable presence at the studio’s panel for the 2014 Comic-Con in San Diego. Eastman was there for the film’s show in Hall H, along with director Jonathan Liebesman and other members of the cast and crew (no producer Michael Bay, though), where new footage was shown.
The TMNT presentation began with the screening of a featurettte that included interviews with Eastman and Laird, talking about the process of having imagined the Turtles, before it concluded with a montage that ran through the many different iterations of the property over the decades, including the 2014 movie (and the “Shell Shocked” song written for the film).
In addition to Eastman and Liebesman, the TMNT panel included stars Megan Fox (who plays intrepid reporter April O’Neil) and Will Arnett (April’s comical cameraman Vernon Fenwick), along with producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. The people in attendence took questions from both the panel moderator and the audience; their answers in general were not exactly noteworthy, though most of them said Michelangelo when asked who their favorite Turtle is.
We also got to see two extended (though clearly heavily-edited and thus, choppy) clips and one short excerpt from the film:
- A sequence in which April gets captured and taken hostage, with others, by the Foot Clan to an underground subway station, before the Turtles arrive (riding a passing train) to save the day. April follows them up to the top of a building, where they spot her and tell her not to inform anyone of what she’s seen (a scene glimpsed in the TMNT second trailer) – while also inadvertently revealing more about themselves (including their names) in the process.
- This was followed by an excerpt from a later scene, where April is brought to the Turtles’ home in the sewers and encounters Splinter (voiced by Tony Shalhoub), who reveals that the two had once met long ago (see: the hints about April’s shared history with the Turtles in the first TMNT teaser).
- Another action sequence that’s been featured heavily in the TMNT trailers (set in the snowy mountainside), where the Turtles, April, and Vernon are attempting to escape from the Foot Clan soldiers.
In general, the humor featured in the footage was what you would expect (see: Michelangelo constantly going on about how hot April is and referencing more “recent” pop cultural phenomena such as Harry Potter and Keyboard Cat), while the action wasn’t quite on the level of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, but the influence was readily apparent there as well.
The short of it? By the look of it, the TMNT reboot is exactly what you’re expecting it to be, for better or worse.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in U.S. theaters on August 8th, 2014.
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