Recent years have illustrated a pretty big, criticism-dominant mixture of reactions by fans toward producer Michael Bay’s latest backing for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s new take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And indeed, a lot has happened since the classic characters were initially brought to life in 1990 with a film that remains, for devout fans, the best of the entire original film trilogy.
Nearly two decades later, and despite having to overcome a series of push-backs, script issues and fan rage regarding a leak of an original former draft that once saw the turtles as “aliens”, advancements in filmmaking technology through performance capture now grant filmgoers, our heroes are brought to life through a CGI-heavy reimagining that grants fans of the popular franchise a more inclusive, fresher and spectacular look for our heroes. In addition, recent reports also reveal what has been described as a slight revision of the turtles’ origins designed specifically to culminate with supporting character April O’Neil played by Megan Fox, and the villainous Eric Sachs/Shredder, uniquely introduced by actor William Fichtner.
Well, on Thursday, after all the talk of the film, an image of the characters above (courtesy of Comic Book Therapy), and other photos of the toys and screenshots scattered all over the internet, we finally get to see what all of this entails in a brand new teaser trailer for the film. And of course it’s only a teaser so there is not much to go by here except for several other opinions of those fortunate to attend CinemaCon this month in Las Vegas where substantial footage has been screened.
Other than that, the film arrives August 8, 2014, so the next five months should be interesting.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joins Fox and Fichtner with actors Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher who play the heroes. Rounding out the cast are Danny Woodburn who plays Splinter, along with actor Will Arnett and actress Whoopi Goldberg.
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
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