Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is in theaters next month, following the franchise reboot that burst onto screens in 2014 and grossed almost $500 million at the worldwide box office. Two years later (to nearly the exact date, in fact) and its follow-up promises to be bigger, louder, and generally more action-packed than the surprisingly entertaining first, at the hands of lesser-known director Dave Green (Earth to Echo).
Returning alongside Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo are real-life actors Megan Fox as April O'Neil, and Will Arnett as Vernon. Also joined by the returning, fearsome Shredder (Brian Tee), new characters Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang strengthen the side of the bad guys, while Casey Jones (played by Arrow star Stephen Amell) enters the fray as the hockey mask-wearing vigilante.
With plenty of revealed footage already to its name, Green's heroes in a half-shell sequel has now gotten one final trailer (see above), showcasing the enormity of the threat posed by an emerging Krang and his army. The two-minute Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows preview is full of explosive action, new characters, and the slapstick nature of the first movie.
What's interesting and quite noticeable is that the environments and indeed the set-ups appear somewhat familiar. Similar, in fact, to other recent action films that've graced the big screen, such as The Dark Knight Rises from 2012 with its free-falling from a plane onto another moving plane sequence; the in-flight cargo hold fighting that we saw in the sixth Fast and Furious installment; as well as a big city alien takeover that's strikingly like a certain Marvel's The Avengers.
However, while originality perhaps isn't the be-all, end-all when picking apart the plot and visual prowess of a new TMNT film, the high-octane, fast-paced, over-the-top sequences seem to be here in abundance. No doubt it'll retain a lot of what made the first film so watchable and exciting, but the introduction of a new gang of characters will set in motion a much grander scale in terms of what'll eventually lead into a "big" climax. The idea that Krang, the Dimension-X alien/brain-in-a-robot-stomach, has brought his extensive army to town and intent on destroying New York will surely add some tension and genuine danger - by the looks of things, our four green heroes are still having all the fun they possibly can while trying to prevent the devastating destruction of their beloved city.
As with any update or reboot, things inevitably change: in this case, we've already seen a new-look design for the Turtles themselves, but the addition of Beebop and Rocksteady will be interesting to witness, especially if you're a fan of the TMNT cartoon from the late-1980s. Their voices appear, well, quite normal, which doesn't seem to fit the bulky, mutated nature of the characters, yet it's Krang's appearance (voiced now by Brad Garrett) that'll intrigue the most. His inclusion will not only drives the overall plot, but it's the visual design of his suit and 'body' that have been a major focal point ever since the villain was announced.
In truth, the film looks fun, but it'll surely depend on how well it does in that opening weekend (and first week) as to whether a third TMNT movie is given the go-ahead. And as divisive as it may be with fans of the comics and the visual style from the '80s, there's enough here to at least encourage even the most hardened of sceptics to check it out (out of morbid curiosity if nothing else).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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