Michael Bay Wants 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Fans to Calm Down
Yesterday the fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles almost unanimously expressed outrage over a detail that Michael Bay revealed over the weekend regarding the new live-action film from his Platinum Dunes production banner. Bay has said that the heroes in a half-shell will actually be an alien race, and further, our own sources have learned that they are from another dimension, thus allowing the alien being Krang and his giant body suit to be thrown into the mix. Fans freaked out and even Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the original live-action movie, weighed in, describing the change as "the rape of our childhood memories." Now Bay has reached out to fans, but they're not going to like what he has to say.
"Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."
Honestly, I can't say that I disagree with him in that aspect. We're criticizing one aspect of the origin that honestly, won't change much about the characters themselves. And as we pointed out yesterday, TCRI, which is the name of the place where the mutation causing ooze originated (it was TGRI in the second film), was actually a secret base for the alien beings Utroms, which are the same race as Krang, the pink, brainish-looking villain from the comics and TV show. So our heroes were technically aliens anyway. This new story just takes the ooze out of the equation. I think we need to wait and see footage from the film to get an idea of style and tone, and then we can rip into Bay if necessary.