With the follow-up to 2014's live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just around the corner, hopes are high that the sequel to the classic heroes in a half-shell franchise will generate just as much money, if not more. Jonathan Liebsman, director of the first movie, put together a fun adventure film that retained an essence of the 1980s comic and television cartoon, but also sufficiently updated it for today's generation, and subsequently made an impressive $493 million.
In fact, execs were so pleased with not only the movie, but with the foresight of future success, they greenlit a sequel almost straight away. Cue a return for green heroes Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, this time under the supervision of helmer Dave Green (Earth to Echo), with a universe expansion that promises to deliver bigger and better, as well as some new, iconic characters that fans are eager to see.
And with its imminent release comes three new TV spots, which all focus on different aspects of the upcoming action movie. The forthcoming story features new characters Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly), Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and big alien overlord Krang (Brad Garrett), and the new footage introduces them all to us.
The first trailer offers an intro to vigilante Casey Jones, as he meets April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and it is made clear the pair have a chemistry with one another. 1990's live-action movie saw the pair (played by Elias Koteas and Judith Hoag) at loggerheads throughout the film before eventually getting together, so there's a good chance a similar scenario may be in the works here, too.
The TV spots also provide some intriguing Baxter Stockman footage, whereby he's see him in human form -- the comic and TV cartoon have the character mutate into a half-man, half-fly and becomes a villainous accomplice of Shredder (played her by Brian Tee). There's no indication Stockman will turn into an evil man-fly, but here he appears to be the one who transforms Bebop and Rocksteady into their half-animal, half-human forms at the request of Shredder, so the possibility is certainly there.
The third is a quickly cut mix of everything -- the Turtles in butt-kicking action, April and Casey Jones fending off some goons, and some city-destroying alien attack not too dissimilar from the mayhem that was witnessed in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.
The action, from these trailers and all the film's teasers, so far looks to be fast-paced and entertaining, especially where Amell's involved. What's more, it'll be fascinating to see how the new baddies slot into the TMNT world without making the story too convoluted or messy.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters June 3, 2016.