As seems to be the case with high profile blockbuster sequels and reboots these days, one good set photo reveal deserves another. Not long after images from the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 revealed the brand new Shredder (Brian Tee) and his 'daughter' Karai (Brittany Ishibashi), a second batch have offered the first look at the comics' most iconic henchmen: Bebop and Rocksteady.
Actor Gary Anthony Williams has already been announced to be bringing the humanoid warthog Bebop to life, but the photos offer a look at his character before his tranformation/mutation - while also seeming to confirm that WWE star Sheamus will be playing his right hand man, Rocksteady.
Although fans may be hoping to see the finished designs of the humanoid hog and rhino, as was the case with Stephen Amell's Casey Jones, production seems to be filming the characters' origins to start with. That isn't a departure from the canon, as fans of the animated Ninja Turtles series will recall the pair's origin as simple gang members - gang members mutated by the villainous Shredder to create more formidable opponents for the Turtles.
Strangely, no word had surfaced on who would be playing Rocksteady, but the set photos reveal Williams in conversation with WWE's Sheamus (real name Stephen Farrelly). Given his size and stature, it's not hard to connect the dots. While lacking their animal hides, coloring, and physiology, the costumes themselves show plenty of nods to the comic/cartoon source material.
Before fans worry that only human variations of the henchmen will appear in the movie, it's entirely possible that the mutation of both (combined with animal DNA) will be a pivotal subplot of the film. With the 'return' of Shredder (played by a different actor) a bit of a mystery, the return of Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and rumors of the alien/disembodied Krang being included in the film, the overall plot is still a mystery.
The early word that this rebooted take on the Turtles would give them an alien, not a 'mutant' origin, sparked serious controversy online. In the end, the Turtles owed their unique skills and biology to mutation from alien ooze - ooze that became a significant plot point, and was left conspicuously dripping onto the corpse of Shredder in the reboot's final scenes. Could the ooze have survived the Turtles best efforts after all?
If that's the case, then fans will immediately hope this is merely one of few looks at their human beginnings, with a majority of their on-screen time spent covered in horns, not outrageous haircuts. What do you think of the characters' looks? Are you more interested to know how early on in the film they'll be mutated to their better-known versions? How do you feel about the introduction of Sheamus? Sound off in the comments.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: DailyMail (via CBM)
"Bebop" and "Rocksteady" Artwork by Sharpwriter@DeviantArt