Director Dave Green’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is currently filming and that means a flood of set photos and videos – both official and unofficial – have been released. From Shredder’s new design to revealing brand new characters, it looks like the sequel is taking steps to fill the new Ninja Turtles cinematic universe with a lot of elements from the franchise’s history.
Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) is often known as a vigilante who runs around the city while he looks for criminals to beat up. However, actor Stephen Amell revealed his character will be driving around New York in a muscle car. (Fun fact: In the 2012 animated show, Casey Jones has a bicycle that’s loaded with weapons and gadgets.) Now, it looks like Jones and the Ninja Turtles – with their iconic van – won’t be the only characters with standout vehicles.
Thanks to a new set photo, it has been revealed that Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus) will have their own motorcycles in the film, too. As revealed via images posted on TMNT.com, the bikes’ designs are clearly inspired by Bebop and Rocksteady’s punk-themed clothing and their mutated appearances.
Bebop’s ride has an emphasis on spikes and an eye-catching shade of gold, whereas Rocksteady’s has just several shades of grey (50 Shades of Rocksteady?) and a chain for back support. Despite classic Rocksteady having a yellow shirt, the look of the motorcycles is fitting since Bebop’s bright colors have often made his design flashier. Bebop’s attire is more complex and has a lot of spikes (like his ride, it would seem), while Rocksteady’s is much simpler and focused on holding weaponry and ammunition (as reflected by his own vehicle of choice).
If Bebop and Rocksteady are eventually mutated in TMNT 2 (it’s presumed, but not a given yet), odds are they’ll be quite large. After all, the Ninja Turtles are shorter than humans in most incarnations, yet in this new movie franchise, they’re tall and muscular titans who tower over average humans. Based on that, mutating two already big men (in Williams and Sheamus) should turn them into very large and imposing mutants – the kind that might look appropriately cartoony riding motorcycles like this around New York City.
One of the other TMNT 2 set photos here shows April O’Neil (Megan Fox) sneaking into a facility, with the name “Renet Tilley” on her ID tag. Renet is a time-traveling character who appeared in the classic Mirage comic book series and later appeared in the 2003 animated TMNT show. Jones’ tag allegedly says “Rockwell”, which would be a nod to a character in the 2012 animated series, Dr. Tyler Rockwell. After being mutated, he gains mental powers and eventually joins Spike’s team of heroes, the Mighty Mutanimals.
As of right now, it seems very unlikely either of those characters will appear in TMNT 2 and the names are probably only easter eggs for TMNT fans to enjoy. We’ll just have to wait and see how the sequel turns out overall, but for now, it’s nice to see the filmmakers behind it embracing several different incarnations of the Turtles’ history.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.