So as you’ve probably already heard, the first trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was released this morning. Fan reactions have been predictably mixed. My thoughts? I’m willing to see how this plays out. Let’s talk about some of the points that have the fans’ panties in a wad.
Yeah, that’s kinda fucked up, I’ll admit. Changing the Japanese ninja master Oroku Saki into a white man named Eric Sachs? Why did this happen? A couple reasons. Number One: Michael Bay doesn’t give a fuck about your childhood. Number Two: We live in a world now where we’re afraid of pissing off other nations with our art. Hollywood isn’t willing to risk alienating foreign markets, particularly one that consumes as much media as Japan. The antagonists of the Red Dawn remake were originally Chinese, but were later changed to North Koreans when it became obvious China wasn’t happy about being demonized in an American film. Don’t forget who pays the bills around here. And who gives a damn what Kim Jong Un thinks, right?
So like it or not, we have a caucasian Shredder. I’ve never seen William Fitchner give a performance I didn’t like, so I’m excited to see how he makes Shredder his own in this movie.
[IDW comics spoilers in this section]
“People want heroes, Miss O’Neil. But heroes are not born. They’re created. That’s what your father and I were trying to do.”
Boy, the Interweb doesn’t like this quotation from Eric Sachs AKA Chromedome, AKA Shredhead, AKA Tin Grin. But you know what? I do. It’s actually not an entirely new concept. It was recently revealed in the IDW comics that April’s father worked with the ooze at Stockgen. If this film can tie April to the turtles in a more meaningful way than just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, I’ll play along. My only concern is that it reminds me a bit too much of the backstory with Peter Parker’s father in The Amazing Spiderman 2, but time will tell how it plays out in both films.
Shredder was responsible for the turtles’ mutation!
Again… not new. It was actually one of the lamer plot points of the original cartoon series. In the show, Shredder dumped mutagen into the sewers in an attempt to destroy Hamato Yoshi, but instead, Yoshi mutated into an anthropomorphic rat and his pet turtles became humanoid. The premise that Shredder was trying to use the ooze to create “heroes” (probably super soldiers, I’m guessing) makes a helluva lot more sense. Were the turtles accidental participants in this project? Were they “failed” test subjects? We’ll have to wait and see.
Yeah, boy!!! Techno-Cosmic Research Institute! Secret of the Ooze may have wimped out and gone for a more “down to Earth” version with TGRI (Techno Global Research Industries), but it looks like this film’s going back to the “source material” for the turtles’ origins. Why is this such a big deal? Remember that “the turtles are from an alien race” comment Bay made? This is what he was actually referring to. The fab four’s origins have always been extraterrestrial. If TCRI is involved, then that means there’s a connection to Utroms. And if there are Utroms, then that paves the way for one of the most epic TMNT story lines ever: the Turtles in Space story arc, which means Triceratons and the Fugitoid. My brain’s swimming with the possibilities.
Let’s face it… “Turtle Lips” is going to become this generation’s “Bat Nipples.” It’s too late to go back now, though, so we might as well move on. I’m still not totally on board with the turtles’ new designs yet, but seeing them in action and speaking has warmed me up to them a bit. The motion capture work on Michelangelo’s face is superb. And I like what little voiceover work we’ve heard so far. Will Leo have any lines in the next trailer? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Okay, now you’re just nit picking. Next!
Really? No Casey? That’s what has you nerds pissed off? How about “No Splinter!”? When do we get to see Splinter? It’s true that Casey is missing from this film, but if my theory about the plot is correct, we’ll likely see Casey in a sequel.
Okay, Mr. Smarty-pants, what’s your theory?
Okay, this is how I would do it if I was calling the shots. We already know there’s going to be a trilogy. William Fitchner pretty much confirmed that.
In my opinion, the logical progression would be to have the Turtles face Shredder in the first film. The turtles save the day and Shredder is destroyed… or is he!? dun Dun DUN!!!
In the second film, the turtles would dig deeper into the mystery surrounding TCRI, uncover the Utroms, travel via transmat to D’Hoonnib, and meet the Fugitoid and Triceratons. Epic space story, lots of explosions, and Michael Bay’s a happy camper.
The third film would follow the Leonardo #1/TMNT #10/TMNT #11 and “Return to New York” storylines, which is essentially what the 1990 live action film did. Now we bring in Casey Jones because that is when he became a major, recurring character in the TMNT universe.
Plus we see the shocking return of the Shredder!
Again, this is just how I would handle the films.
So what’s the final verdict?
I’m excited. The trailer got my attention. I can’t wait to see more sneak peeks, and August can’t come soon enough for me. I showed the trailer to two of my kids. My eight-year-old didn’t get too excited. He’s still having trouble with the turtle lips. My three-year-old, however, went crazy when the turtles appeared, shouting “RAH!” and “ELO!” when Raphael and Leonardo appeared onscreen. We’ll see what the thirteen-year-old thinks when he gets home from track practice.
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