Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows looks set to bring audiences back to the heroes in a half shell they fell in love with back in the 90s. By popular demand, we are now getting more fan favorite characters this time, including Rocksteady, Bebop, Casey Jones, and the alien brain overlord Krang.
Admittedly, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spots are relatively short, but they appear to promise more ridiculous action and “awesome” catch phrases. If we can get past the new look of the turtles, including Donatello’s resemblance to a Ghostbusters character, we might find an enjoyable romp with this sequel.
One other thing the fans are going to need to deal with is Michael Bay producing the film, just like last time. The critically derided Hollywood heavyweight has been attempting to leave the director’s chair, but for at least two Transformers films, Bay has found himself unable to move on. It seems he’s tired of the internet hate that arises every time his name is even mentioned.
That said, TMNT: Out of the Shadows is once again being directed by someone other than Michael Bay. This time Dave Green is getting that honor.
It seems to be going for even more action as the turtles are now finding themselves up against a mutated warthog and a mutated rhino. Even the introduction of Arrow‘s Stephen Amell as Casey Jones might not be enough, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spots are showing us more of the pink, brain-like villain from Utrom, who may be more of a problem than they were prepared for.
One Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spot shows Krang the way we remember him, using a giant exo-suit for combat, though in this film it’s more robotic. In the original cartoon, it almost looked human, with a skin-like color and everything. Fans might not like this so much, but the robotic look actually seems more realistic. Later in the video, we see Krang controlling a gun, which appears to be mounted on the freshly beheaded chest of his exo-suit.
Another TV spot shows WWE superstar Sheamus, one of Shredder’s underlings who eventually mutates into Rocksteady, the half-human half-rhino juggernaut. He’s seen doing what looks like a robbery of an armored truck, proving he was a menace before he had a horn and gray skin. Later in the same Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spot we get a short shot of Leonardo dropping from above and slicing off the hand of Krang’s robotic exo-suit.
This doesn’t look good for the alien villain, if a basic katana can slice through a metal suit like butter. One possible explanation is that the metal sheen is actually a soft regenerating skin. No sword is that sharp, otherwise it would at least take damage and ruin its edge, even if it could cut through metal.
Another possibly welcome addition to the series, which we’ve seen in earlier trailers, is the turtle van. Unlike the one in the cartoon it isn’t just a bulky mode of transport. Videos prior to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spot have shown it to carry a launcher weapon full of large bladed discs. Another improvised use of the van appears to be allowing the turtles to jump out through the back door to clothesline bikers in the face.
The film will need to prove itself after its critically disappointing predecessor, but from these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 TV spots it seems clear that Michael Bay and Dave Green are going to try.
[Feature image via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows / Paramount Pictures]