Last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was probably one of the more divisive among its existing fanbase (read our review). While some felt the film was a muddled mess that lived up to all the pre-release outrage, others recognized its flaws but recognized it as a fun popcorn film that aimed to reinvigorate the decades-old franchise for a modern audience. In any case, the film's $485 million worldwide box office take ensured that this incarnation of the "heroes on a half-shell" was far from over.
So far, details about TMNT2 have confirmed much speculation that popular characters like Casey Jones and Baxter Stockman would be introduced and that Bebop and Rocksteady would finally make their much-anticipated live-action debut. Now we have another glimpse at how the sequel is coming together directly from the man many of the reboot's haters hold responsible.
Producer Michael Bay recently took to his Twitter account to share a few photos of the vehicles that will be featured in the film, including our first look at the turtles' new battle wagon. See the images below:
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) April 25, 2015
Although the ending of the first film featured a brief hint at the turtles' primary mode of transportation, it looks like they will have upgraded by the time the sequel rolls around. This one looks like a tricked-out, reinforced garbage truck and will probably serve the turtles in battle far better than the van they were previously seen riding around in. Moreover, the manhole cover on the front is a slick homage to their subterranean home, while the mention of the "Tartaruga Brothers" scrawled across the side is both a sly reference to the truck's inhabitants (tartaruga means "turtle" in Italian) and acknowledges the heroes' mission at remaining incognito while fighting crime.
The third photo Bay tweeted is a Polaris Slingshot, a new three-wheeled motorcycle. There's no indication just yet as far as who will be riding in this one, but considering the fact that the vehicle wouldn't exactly provide the best cover for the turtles, smart money is on one of the human characters piloting this one. It isn't hard to picture Stephen Amell's Casey Jones driving this during a high-speed chase with the turtles, but that's purely speculation at this point.
All in all, these new vehicles look like they fit right into the universe the reboot created, embodying a darker spin on the comic book characters fans know and love. Chances are, those who weren't a fan of the first film's look will have the same issues here, but if this new film aims to fit seamlessly with its predecessor's aesthetic, this is a solid start.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
Source: Michael Bay