Everyone’s favorite heroes in the half-shell are back in a live-action, big-screen reboot produced by Michael Bay and directed by Battle: Los Angeles’ Jonathan Liebesman.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is set for an August 8 theatrical release. The movie marks the first time the turtles have appeared in theaters since 2007’s animated “TMNT,” and their first live-action appearance since 1993’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.”
The latest incarnation of the turtles has them looking a lot less like cartoons in new menacing computer-generated imagery (CGI) forms, scary enough to freak out the new April O’Neill (played by Megan Fox). William Fichtner, famous for roles in “The Dark Knight” and “The Lone Ranger,” will be playing the villainous role of the Shredder. Danny Woodburn will do the voice of Splinter, Whoopi Goldberg is also making an appearance.
The turtles’ original backstory tells of a rat who flees to live in the sewers of NYC following the murder of his ninja master. A traffic accident finds four baby turtles and a canister of radioactive material in the sewer with the rat, which mutates the animals into anthropomorphic versions of themselves. The rat then trains the turtles in martial arts using knowledge from his owner.
Fans have had mixed feelings towards Michael Bay in the producer role. When the film was first announced, Bay received a lot of backlash over rumors that the film would simply be titled “Ninja Turtles” and that the heroes would be “lovable aliens” rather than teenage mutants. This appears to have since been changed, as “teenage mutant” has been added to the movie title.
You can watch the official trailer below:
So what do you think of the turtles’ new look? Are you a TMNT fan? Let us know whether or not you’re excited about the upcoming film in the comments below!