The official teaser trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been released with good looks at the Turtles, tons of Megan Fox, and even a glimpse of a certain metallic suit of armor.
A buddy of mine watched this (both of us are huge TMNT fans from the days of the original cartoons when we were kids) and his first comment was that it didn’t look bad and the tone seemed right. Unlike director Bay’s (repeated) stabs at the Transformers, I have to happily agree.
I honestly had thought this flick was going to be a lost cause, but (from the teaser anyway) it looks like Bay nailed the feel of the TMNT stories that made the brand so huge years ago and still is today with the new cartoon on Nickelodeon. Mikey was pretty much Mikey in the clip and the rest of the gang looked great, proving that the new designs actually work quite well on film.
If you’ve seen any of the promo shots of the Shredder armor, than you already know he looks pretty awesome all suited up too, even though all we got was a brief sneak peek at his suit this time around. It’s kind of a neat idea too to have Shredder linked to the creation of the fab four, my only wonder here is just where Splinter is.
We haven’t seen any of him in any of the promotional material (unless I missed something) and it certainly wouldn’t be the TMNT without him. Hopefully he’s on the way too, because I like what I’m seeing so far. I’m also a little concerned that the film will become the April O’Neill show. Bay had made the Transformers movies way too much about the humans and of course there’s a chance he’ll do that again here with Fox’ O’Neill. Although, if that was the route he and the studio went down, it’d be significantly less out of place (since April had a massive part in pretty much all areas of TMNT lore), I do hope her keep s the majority of the story centered on the teens in green.
As for when you can expect to see the Turtles back on the big screen, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to the big stage on May 16th from Platinum Dunes and Nickelodeon Movies.
Note- the logo you see on the title page is actually from Ubisoft’s 2007 TMNT video game.