The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, directed by Michael Bay, will arrive in theaters later this summer. Bay has been known to take things to the extreme in his past films, but it appears that he is ready to upset a large number of TMNT fans with his version of the story.
The movie has drawn some criticism from fans since the release of early trailers. Some fans have chosen to take the high road and give a “wait and see” approach to the film. The turtles themselves are getting a new origin story. The animation and special effects are high-end yet not gaining momentum with critics. Then again, with Megan Fox as April O’Neil, the movie seemed to have a few saving graces going for it.
Today, Twitter account TMNT_Fansite dropped a HD image of the new look for Shredder, the turtles arch-nemsis. Reading the replies on Twitter and around the internet sites that have shared the image with their readers, it appears fans of the half-shell mutant team are not happy with the overdone look.
— TMNT (@TMNT_Fansite) June 17, 2014
The movie looks somewhat impressive but is really starting to take a few too many liberties with the characters that have such a strong following. The Edward Scissorhands/Freddie Kruger/Wolverine based Shredder is starting to look like a transformer gone bad. At some point, the extreme makeover of characters starts to distract from the film itself. It is starting to appear like this movie is headed that direction very quickly.
In other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle news, the animated series has been picked up by Nickelodeon for a fourth season. The series is set to debut the third season this fall and the studio has already placed an order for 20 episodes to begin airing in 2015. Fans have been much more supportive of this animated version than they have of the upcoming cinematic release.
Jason Biggs will also be leaving the show in the upcoming season. Biggs voiced Leonardo in the series. He will be replaced by Seth Green.