Mutant superheroes will not only be saving the world in Bryan Singer's latest X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse, but also in the upcoming sequel to the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie franchise reboot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo) and, like its predecessor, produced by Michael Bay (Transformers), Out of the Shadows will pit the Heroes in a Half-Shell against powerful enemies old, new, and even not of this Earth.
Joining the Turtles - who, like in the 2014 reboot, are played here by motion-capture actors Pete Ploszek (Leonardo), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Alan Ritchson (Raphael) - are their human allies: April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer in hockey-loving vigilante Casey Jones, as played by Arrow's Stephen Amell. You can check out Amell's Casey Jones in action, as he rescues April from a gang of The Shredder's (Brian Tee) Foot Clan ninjas, in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows clip featured above.
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Of course, it's the new villains featured in Out of the Shadows that have longtime Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans excited, seeing as many of them are making their big screen debut here after decades of being fan-favorites (thanks to their inclusion in the 1980s/90s TMNT cartoon series). Shredder's dim-witted mutant henchmen/"errand boys" Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly) will finally be brought to life in live-action form in Out of the Shadows, as will the disembodied alien "brain" Krang (voiced by Fred Armisen) and his "man-droid" body.
Mad scientist Baxter Stockman technically appeared via flashback in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film (where he was played by K. Todd Freeman), but in Out of the Shadows he will be played proper by actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) and is the scientific mind recruited by The Shredder to create Bebop and Rocksteady in the first place. Previously-unseen footage from Bebop and Rocksteady's "birth" sequence in the film is featured in the above Baxter Stockman-centered Out of the Shadows TV spot (where Stockman explains the science behind their mutations).
We've also rounded up additional TV spots released for the film over the past week, showing the Turtles bringing the fight to their various enemies - whether it calls for them to air-dive onto a flying airplane or battle a tank mid-river before plunging down a waterfall.
Green and his cast, drawing from a script penned by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol co-writers Josh Applebaum and André Nemec, seem to have nailed a consistent kid-friendly tone with Out of the Shadows in the footage released to date, between the humor (see: Raphael "flirting" with the non-mutated turtle) and the various action sequences/set pieces on display (see: the Turtle Van firing out manhole covers during a high-speed freeway chase). At least, based on what has been shown in the sequel's trailers and TV spots thus far.
Whereas the 2014 TMNT movie series reboot was (arguably) both an entertaining Turtles adventure and a patchwork of ideas, tonal shifts, and plot beats stitched together over the course of multiple script re-writes and re-shoots, Out of the Shadows seems to have firmer footing as a big, goofy, and on the whole just plain fun summer tentpole. Hopefully, Turtles fans will be able to just strap in and enjoy the ride presented here, as a result.
On that note: below, you can check out the international poster for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows that made its way online recently.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures