'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Designs Almost Looked Way Worse

August 13, 2014
Source: CBM

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Even before the film hit theaters and massively disappointed this writer (despite his excitement for the film), many people were complaining about the redesign of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the new film from director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay. Frankly, this was the least of my concerns with the mostly terrible final product, with the script and human characters being more horrifying than the varied designs of the heroes in a half-shell. But fans should be grateful that the turtles didn't look worse, because some concept art has shown up, and some of the potential designs are abysmal.

Here's some of the unused concept art for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (via CBM):

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

And here's a couple different versions of of a less bulky, more scary Raphael:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Plus a bunch of different designs for Shredder, something that evolved with the script:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

As for the top-most design for the turtles, conceptual illustrator and artist Kelton Cram said, "They wanted all the Turtles to be unique in shape and size. Tall and skinny to short and stalky to even more brutish." That just would have been weird, and nothing like we've seen in any iteration of the turtles before. Thankfully, the differences in size of each turtles is much more subtle. As for our bad buy, "Shredder had a lot of changes throughout the process. The script would have big rewrites, and we completely revisited Shredders look and function." In the end, his function was a big, shiny, human can-opener. Thoughts?

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  • Tuomas Lassila
    The more you call the film "terrible", the more I'm willing to like it.
    • 80s kid checking in. They don't look so bad to me either.
  • Xerxexx
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  • prantsdagger
    Yeah I don't think these look as bad as the final ones. The skinnier looks more "realistic" for teenagers. The final Raphael is a little ridiculous
  • Jonathon
    Personally, I think the new versions look more like turtles! I mean, they ARE turtles after all...I grew up LOVING the original movies, but aside from their shells they don't look anything like turtles. Looking back, the original movies aren't even well made - I believe it's the nostalgia linked to them that makes us all so opposed to an update. Michael Bay still sucks though...I wish a truly solid director would have got a hold of them (Joss Wheaton, Ridley Scott, pshh even David Yates!)! Let's remember, the movies have always been directed toward kids and teens, they've never been chasing after Oscars.
  • redtie
    I like the first one, but I would have switched Raphael and Michelangelo. I could see Raphael as a proper height Wolverine. Michelangelo as a big party dude would have been fun. Still haven't and don't plan on seeing the current reboot.
    This movie was fucked from the beginning. All those designs look terrible. They got a shit director to take orders from Michael Bay. Half assed the effects. And marketed the film poorly.
    • ColtNoir
      Bingo. Unfortunately we're getting a sequel from the same tard group
      • Drejhead
        It's only unfortunate if you go see it
        • ColtNoir
's just unfortunate
  • cobrazombie
    Still looks better than that dead-eyed bimbo in the yellow jacket.
  • Dylan Rays Barker
    I think that the more realistic look to the turtles is cool . That being said . I think the new look would be more appreciated had the script been more raw and dark and geared more towards adults like Nolan's batman . I know that tmnt has always been a kids thing and it's a pipe dream to hope for something like that . But a more sensible , adult , thoughtful tmnt movie full of violence and reality with a script that is actually gripping and provocative is something I think would be way better than the trash that was released last week . That movie was blurred lines . Could have been so much better . Even a live action remake of the animated film made a couple of years ago would have been better in my opinion .
  • Matthew Coury
    movie rocked..people need to grow up and quit havin a hard on for rubber suits 😛 lighten up people..seriously..its a ninja turtles movie




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