The second installment in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, has been shaping up to be a huge fan-pleaser by including some vintage villains from the classic animated series. The first trailer for the film, released last December, showed us the debut of the first live action versions of Bebop and Rocksteady. The filmmakers did a great job of creating versions that fit inside of the new movie universe, but are still a huge nod to the versions that many fans grew up with in the cartoons.
Then, as if it weren’t enough to have Shredder’s two main goons in the film, we learned that Dimension-X warlord alien Krang would be making his very first live action appearance, as well. Fans got their first look at Krang and his giant android body during the Super Bowl 2016 commercial for the film , and thanks to the 2016 New York Toy Fair we learned that the filmmakers are even going to include a new version of the Technodrome, the mobile command base that Shredder uses in the classic cartoon, provided by Krang.
In a new clip from Out of the Shadows shown at the Kids’ Choice Awards 2016, the gang of sewer-dwellers take to the highway in their modified garbage truck to battle the Foot Clan – all to the sound of Run-D.M.C.’s “Tricky”. This sequence has also been featured in the trailers, and blends high-speed action with comic beats from the various assembled Ninja Turtles.
It’s not just the villains that are making a splash in the new summertime action sequel; weapon-wielding vigilante Casey Jones is also joining the heroes for their battle against Shredder, Krang and the Foot Clan. The role of Casey is being tackled by Arrow star (and internet darling) Stephen Amell. This isn’t Casey’s first appearance on the big screen, as he also made appearances in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in 1990 and again in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993, both times being portrayed by Elias Koteas.
There are different genres of film, pretty much something for everyone. This movie looks to be the ultimate in summertime popcorn fun. The elements that many have earned producer Michael Bay substantial criticism in the past (in the Transformers movie franchise, for example) may just work perfectly to the advantage of Ninja Turtles fans this time around. The directing duties have passed from Jonathan Lieberman over to Dave Green (Earth to Echo) for this film, but it appears that he’s retained a similar tone to the original.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in U.S. theaters on June 3rd, 2016.