The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (TMNT 2) movie trailer was just released and brings the Casey Jones, Bebop, and Rocksteady characters to the screen. Tyler Perry, meanwhile, is debuting as mad scientist Baxter Stockman. This time, the turtle’s party van is in action, and it appears that a learning curve is needed for its operation. However, judging from a scene in the trailer, it looks to be effective at taking out “bogies”, according to the Verge.
Transformers’ Michael Bay has returned to produce the film, and already there seems to be the typical zingers and humor prominent in the turtle’s verbiage, with Bebop, played by WWE’s Sheamus, countering with his own brand of wit.
Speaking of which, in the first Ninja Turtles movie, produced by Michael Bay, Bebop and Rocksteady were supposed to make their appearance back then but were left out of the film before it even started. Now they appear in full force as yet another mutation of animal and human abomination, this time squaring off against the turtles. Shredder, played by Jurassic World’s Brian Tee, and Shredder’s daughter Karai, portrayed by Brittany Ishibashi, will also be in the movie. Also, rumors are going around about Krang will make an appearance, according to Slash Film.
Just the other day, Arrow’s Stephen Amell posted the movie teaser to his Facebook page, according to Classicalite, and is said to play the boyfriend to Megan Fox’s April O’Neil.
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 set visit in New York revealed a few things. For starters, there was the effort of learning from the previous movie. Before that project, there was the challenge of pacifying audiences familiar with the old and new versions of the Ninja Turtles. After all, the original comic book was dark and violent and then later became rather kid-friendly. Apparently, somehow combining the two in the Michael Bay production version was considered “daunting,” according to Slash Film.
Screenwriter Andre Nemec gave mention to the ability to start up the franchise by attempting to get their “bearings.” Trying to figure out how the characters can “feel” the environment in which they are filming.
“You’re sort of getting your bearings and trying to figure out, who are we and what’s our tone, what’s our feel, what’s our storytelling, and what are our visuals and the cinema behind all of it.”
Raphael actor Alan Ritchson explained the situation as well, trying to figure out how to put it all together, but it looks like he didn’t realize it was a comedy until he saw the final product. Ritchson also mentioned how they shot “several different versions of this movie last time.”
“We all saw it and it was like, ‘Oh! This is a comedy,'” he recalled. “There’s a whole other movie on the cutting room floor. A couple.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows isn’t meant to be a “Dark Knight with Ninja Turtles,” says Megan Fox, who returns as reporter April O’Neil. According to USA Today, is thought to be a film that made itself bigger by bringing on more mutant baddies, a hockey puck totin’ vigilante, and a light-hearted theme to the big screen.
It was also touted by Slash Film that we’ll see more of the turtles this time. Donatello actor Jeremy Howard joked about how between the first and the second Ninja Turtles movies that their screen time had been promoted, fractionally, in thirds and citing April’s story as more prevalent in the first movie.
“The first movie was one-third turtles, this is two-thirds turtles of just screentime alone. So the first time, if it was April’s story, this time it’s the turtles.”
That being said, one may ask how much pizza will be consumed in the second movie? Will it be hand-tossed? Will their iconic food get much screen time? We’ll see when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows debuts on June 3, 2016.
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