The pizza-loving, half-shelled heroes are coming back for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Andy Suriano and Ant Ward will serve as executive producers for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is the fourth animated TV series about the sewer-dwelling superheroes. Featuring the voice talent of Omar Miller, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener and Brandon Mychal Smith as the four Turtles, Rise is a new 2D cartoon as the heroes explore a mythical city they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York. Moving with the times, and a far cry from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's original drawings, opinions have been divided on the latest era of the franchise since the first concept art for the new TMNT series emerged last month showcasing a significantly redesigned TMNT. However, fans can now make up their own mind ahead of the show's release with a brand new trailer.
Nickelodeon released the new trailer yesterday, which showcases a modernized version of the long-running franchise and gives audiences a first look at some of the show's villains, including some menacing mutant sewer rats. You can watch the trailer in the section above.
Nickelodeon is clearly going for a millennial vibe, and it isn't just the iconic theme tune that has had a revamp. As the trailer shows, the quartet of heroes are going by their shortened names now, meaning that some fans will undoubtedly be annoyed at Raph, Mikey, Leo, and Donnie bursting onto their screens. Splinter has gone more sensei than ever, but for some reason, he appears to have morphed into a hamster instead of a rat.
However, it isn't all negative, there's also the first look at John Cena's formidable Baron Draxum in action. Draxum is already promised to be scarier than Shredder, bringing more of a supernatural element to the cartoon. Also along for the ride is The Vampire Diaries' Kat Graham as a younger and African American version of April O'Neil. While the series looks to be more slapstick than previous adaptations, April will continue to be the level-headed companion of the team.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always prided itself on giving each of the titular heroes their own unique personalities, but Rise looks like it will be taking that mantra one step further. Raphael is the biggest Turtle/leader, Leonardo is the suave "cooler" one, Donatello is the tech whizz-kid, and Michaelangelo continues to be the joker of the pack. As well as Rise giving the Turtles some new weapons to play with, the four of them represent different species of turtle. Aiming to educate and entertain the kids, the 26-episode series will air later this year to usher in a new chapter of the characters for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles does not yet have a premiere date.