Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been speeding through production to make a 2016 release date - and by all accounts, the sequel is definitely going for a "bigger is better" approach. A slew of casting and character announcements have already set expectations for a TMNT movie that will include Bebop and Rocksteady, a new Shredder, Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman, new turtle vehicles and Arrow star Stephen Amell as a wild Casey Jones. There will also be four mutant turtles, Megan Fox and Will Arnett dating Victoria's Secret models, as well.
Despite fantastic fan art like the header image above, those keeping eye on this TMNT sequel - or those many Arrow fans out there - have been interested in how Stephen Amell would make the jump from playing a high-profile role TV superhero role to a big-screen fan-favorite icon from the Ninja Turtles franchise. And now we have our first official look at the latter.
Michael Bay revealed the first official image of Stephen Amell as Casey Jones through his Flicker account:
It looks like Amell's version of Jones is - in a sense - faithful to the comic book, movie and cartoons that have come before. He's always been depicted as a violently erratic self-made street vigilante who favors a sports fan theme. He's not known for a much of a costume beyond his trademark hockey mask - and the one they're using in the film looks plenty freaky. Other than that, he's carrying a hockey stick, is dressed in a hoodie, and generally looks like a crazy dude off the NYC streets. That pretty much nails it. (Although, at some point Amell is going to need to rock a sleeveless shirt to really honor the source material in full.)
You'd be hard pressed to find a person who would argue that the first Ninja Turtles film was "excellent"; "passable" feels like a more appropriate word. The film definitely had a rough, unpolished, thrown-together feel that clearly showed there was room for improvement. TMNT 2 has set some lofty ambitions for Earth to Echo director Dave Green and Mission: Impossible 4 writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec to rise to - and not all that much time to rise to it.
At least Stephen Amell looks like he's going to have a good time - and have some crazy fun.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3rd, 2016.