There are only a couple of months to go until Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes out of the shadows itself and into the light of dimly-lit movie theaters. With the Turtles being joined this time around by Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady, and evil brain alien Krang, the movie promises to be bigger in scope than its predecessor.
Casey Jones will be played by Arrow star Stephen Amell, making the leap from small-screen vigilante archer to big-screen vigilante hockey fan. Amell has been getting in on the marketing action for the movie as well, and is using his Twitter account to promote it.
Most recently, Amell has posted a teaser to his account for the movie’s full second trailer, which is set to debut on Monday morning. The teaser doesn’t give away too much, but it does feature Amell looking unamused as Michelangelo scarfs a pizza in typically insouciant Ninja Turtle fashion:
The character of Casey Jones has appeared on the big screen in live-action form before, having been played by Elias Koteas in the Turtles’ 1990 film debut and in 1993’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. The character’s appearance in the upcoming TMNT2 will be his first time in the rebooted Turtles franchise, however. Other actors joining the fray in addition to Amell will be Fred Armisen as Krang and Madea star Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman.
The first movie in the rebooted TMNT series earned fairly tepid reviews, with Screen Rant calling it “shallow popcorn entertainment.” Its sequel, however, promises double the screen time for the Heroes in a Half Shell in addition to the host of new characters who will be joining them. While that may not make the movie any less shallow, it at least raises the likelihood of it featuring more action and more pizza consumption, two of the things that made the Turtles popular back in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
The sequel’s success depends on its ability to appeal to older viewers’ nostalgia by presenting a version of the Turtles universe that doesn’t betray its source material, and to pull in new viewers by being at least a competently-made summer action blockbuster. Producer Michael Bay has hit upon a lucrative franchise by applying a similar template to Transformers, which is approaching its fifth outing, and no doubt hopes that TMNT will spawn just as many money-making opportunities. Whether or not that happens largely depends on how well TMNT2 does at the box office this June.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters on June 3, 2016.
Source: Stephen Amell