Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Ninja Turtles Get Their Mutant Back

The Ninja Turtles Get Their Mutant Back
By: Jay 

Ever since Paramount announced that they will be rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies with Michael Bay as the producer, fans of the Turtles have been voicing their concerns. Everything from casting, to plot details and even Bay announcing that the movie would be called Ninja Turtles, dropping the words “Teenage” and “Mutant” from the title, has set fans off.  But now there might be a light at the end of the sewer tunnel for fans.

The main concern from fans started with the rumor that the Turtles will no longer be mutants, but will instead be aliens. This rumor seemed to be confirmed by Michael Bay when he said “These turtles (in the reboot) are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”

Bay’s words could have been “taken out of context” since director Jonathan Liebesman stated, “I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apeshit when they see it.”

Liebesman also mentioned that the alien concept isn’t so foreign since it was in the comics and added, “Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology.  I promise you: fans will love it.”

Even with all that said fans are still unsure about the Alien/Mutant controversy, but perhaps the old saying “a picture speaks a thousand words” might finally ease their fears. This past week the Paramount presentation at CinemaCon 2013 in Las Vegas included the reveal of the upcoming movie's logo, which according to TMNT Lair clearly read “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Is this enough to get fans excited? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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