Creator Kevin Eastman Talks 'Ninja Turtles' Expectations and Delay
Before we let Kevin Eastman build up some hype for new adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is only going by the moniker Ninja Turtles, let's confirm some details. Back when talk of a title change surfaced, mostly due to the fact that the Michael Bay produced adaptation was getting rid of the mutant portion of our heroes in a half-shell, it was said the turtles would be aliens from another dimension. At the time, we revealed that this was happening because the script included the villain Krang (along with his giant body suit) and other creatures like Rocksteady and Beebop, and that's all been confirmed. Read on!
Now that we know what kind of turtle film we're dealing with, as far as the elements from the comics and origin story goes, we can focus on stuff like the action, and the worrisome delay that happened recently in the midst of Paramount Pictures troubles with World War Z and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Thankfully, comic creator Kevin Eastman is here to quell some fears and spark some hype for the ninja heroes, and he's not being very modest. Plus, he also talks about the changes in our heroes backstory that sparked a lot of uproar among fans recently. Here's what Eastman had to say while talking to MTV at Comic-Con:
"From what I've seen, it's easily the best 'Turtle' movie yet. We're talking 'Raid: Redemption'-style fight scenes; we're talking about epic 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sort of effects.
[With regards to the changes made to the original comic story], I know that Michael [Bay] and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it's great. I grew up reading 'Captain America' and 'The Avengers' and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since 'Avengers' has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?"
Eastman makes a valid point about big elements in the realm of comic book movies getting revamped don't cause as much of an uproar as this recent Ninja Turtles debacle, and I think fanboys just wanted another reason to rag on producer Michael Bay and didn't realize that this wouldn't shake the foundation of the heroes or change their characters in any significant way. Plus, if we're seeing Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo fighting in the same style as The Raid: Redemption, this is going to be awesome.
But what about that production delay? That sounds worrisome right? Well, Eastman says, "A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the 'Turtles' is in May, so it worked out perfectly." That doesn't mean there aren't problems, but it doesn't sound like Eastman is worried, so we should probably wait and see how all this pans out before freaking out again. Thoughts?