Ever since the release of the first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, fans of the near thirty-year-old multi-media property have begun clamoring for more from what appears to be a marked improvement over the first film in the new live-action franchise that debuted in theaters in 2014. Having scrapped former lead director Jonathan Liebesman for newcomer Dave Green (Earth to Echo), the latest Michael Bay production based on the original comic book characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the 1980s should offer fans of the franchise plenty of turtle power to eagerly anticipate.
Featuring the introduction of certain key characters from the series, most notably including Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 could be the film that many viewers wished Liebesman's had been. And while a lot of the live-action special effects make the new movie out to be an exceptionally epic fantasy adventure, the latest batch of posters for Green's sequel are of a decidedly more reserved aesthetic style.
As published on the film's official Twitter account, the latest batch of original poster artwork features the heroic team of Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello in an art style reminiscent of a series of emoji images, with the four bulking superheroes of the film rendered in twee caricature. Following the release of the first batch of character posters, which also depicted the former foursome in more dramatically accurate repose, this latest set of pixelated imagery in promotion of the new film is an off-the-cuff take on the inherent nostalgia still held for the property by its most fervently admiring fans.
You can check the minimalist TMNT: Out of the Shadows posters, below:
— #TMNT2 (@TMNTMovie) March 2, 2016
Such a self-conscious decision on the behalf of marketing the new film certainly speaks wonders to the filmmakers' own appreciation for the original characters involved, and should pay out in the end for Paramount Pictures in regards to the final distribution and box office revenue that the studio is banking on drawing from the property's outstanding fan base. Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello have undergone various visual iterations in terms of their outward style and appearance in the past, and this latest artistic rendering of the heroic team is just another in a long line of playful reinvention of the core characters.
When Green's new movie sees release come June 2016, casual moviegoers and the turtle faithful will just have to see how capably Bay and company prove to be in delivering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that their first film most decidedly was not. Until then, viewers will just have to bide their time and await the long-anticipated big screen debut of Krang in all of his live-action glory, alongside his frequent cronies Bebop and Rocksteady.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will see theatrical release in the U.S. on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures