New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Movie Makes Our Heroes Aliens?
Last month we learned that Battle Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman would be behind Platinum Dunes new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the comic book that became a TV cartoon and live-action film phenomenon back in the 90's. A resurgence of the heroes in a half-shell on the big screen came in the form of a less gritty computer animated film a few years ago, but it just wasn't up to snuff. Now with a new film coming, everyone is wondering just what's going to happen with our heroes this time. Well, apparently producer Michael Bay says that these teenage crimefighters won't exactly be mutants this time.
In speaking at the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront in New York (via ScreenRant), Bay said:
“These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable. Kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist when we’re done with this movie.”
First of all, before anyone gets bent out of shape, let's recall that 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 this isn't entirely against comic book canon or out of the ordinary, but another change does mix things up quite a bit.
Sources have told us that our turtles are actually four of an entire race of inter-dimensional beings. That's right. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are actually from another dimension. I'm not sure how that's going to make kids think that they exist, but we'll just let it slide. In addition, we've also heard that this storyline is happening because Krang will indeed be a villain in the film, which will mark the first time he's ever been incarnated on the big screen (and maybe along with that huge body suit and the Technodrome?). At the very least, I'm interested to see how this plays out, but until we get an idea of the style and tone, I'm going to just relax and not get bent out of shape or really excited. Thoughts?