[WARNING: This article contains MINOR SPOILERS for TMNT 2.]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have received mostly negative reviews, but that didn't stop the studio from quickly scheduling the sequel for 2016. And with a new Shredder, new turtle vehicles, the inclusion of Bebop and Rocksteady, the casting of Arrow star Stephen Amell as Casey Jones and Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 may come closer to resembling the comic book and cartoons that precede it.
Michael Bay offered fans a look at Amell as Casey Jones recently, but now we get to see the character in action, as well as a few other set videos.
The first video depicts April O'Neil (Megan Fox) running away from a ninja of the Foot Clan before being saved by Casey Jones. After Jones takes out the ninja, he jumps at the sight of the Ninja Turtles and tries to attack them, only to be held back by O'Neil. Take a look for yourself:
It's cool to see Jones behaving in a way true to his character. He's known for being a violent street vigilante who doesn't sport much of a costume other than a hockey mask (he sometimes carries around a golf bag, which will hopefully make an appearance in the film). Of course, it's not much of a departure from Amell's most prominent role - that of the archer vigilante The Arrow on Arrow - though that's probably why they hired him for Jones.
The second video appears to be a bit of goofing off between takes among the Ninja Turtles in their motion-capture suits while Fox and Amell watch.
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The rest of the videos offer a quick look at Fox in Grand Central Station. See below:
Since April O'Neil is a reporter, it's probably safe to assume that the school girl attire and blonde wig she's sporting are a part of some undercover disguises. It's anyone's guess what that means for the plot of the film, and why she's seemingly flirting with some guy at Grand Central Station. Maybe he has some information she needs?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not have been the action-adventure that fans were hoping for (there was certainly room for improvement), but it was, at the very least, a start. There were moments in the film that scratched the surface of what the franchise could be if the right elements are bought together. Let's hope that Earth to Echo director Dave Green is up for the job.
Hopefully, the images and footage we've seen so far are indicative of a step in the right direction. We'll be sure to keep you posted as more information arrives.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters on June 3rd, 2016.