It seems like the more that comes out about Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, the less enthusiastic everyone gets. And from what we can gather, there weren’t many people who were all that stoked about this to begin with. One facet of the movie that receives the most ire—aside from the look of the Turtles, the changes to their origin story, and the fact that Shredder is a white guy named Eric—is the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil. Though it may piss off fans something fierce, they’re certainly not downplaying her involvement at all, as two new photos has hit the airwaves, and both prominently feature Fox.
At least they got April’s trademark yellow jacket right, which is something I guess. In this first picture she looks very serious as she examines a collection of weapons all laid out on a table. From the style of weapons that she’s looking at, as well as the dark, dank looking surroundings, it’s a short step to assume that she is in the Turtles’ subterranean lair in the tunnels beneath New York City. You just know that somewhere off-screen there’s a pizza on a table somewhere, unless they changed that, too. Maybe now the Turtles are nuts for sushi.
Ramping up to TMNT, you also have to assume that this is going to be yet another in a long lone of projects that totally wastes Will Arnett. He can be one of the funniest people out there, but he also leads the league in poor choices and roles that totally squander what he’s good at. But he’s in this movie, playing April’s sidekick Vernon Fenwick, and that makes us a little bit sad.
April is wearing the same outfit in both pictures, so it seems likely that they take place in quick succession. That, or she’s just kind of gross and lazy. She does hang out with a bunch of adolescents and spend a lot of time lurking in the sewers, neither of which are known for their cleanliness.
Fox’s career has taken a somewhat precipitous nosedive in recent years. She went from this super hot young ingénue that every bro wanted to bang, to being almost universally reviled in a remarkably short time. She was never much of an actress, but it seems like people liked her well enough for a while. When was the last time you heard anyone say, “you know who I like? That Megan Fox, she’s okay.” I guarantee it’s been a while.
And she’s not helping to assuage anyone’s concerns about this movie. I saw Fox on Ellen the other day (yes, I’ve been known to watch Ellen from time to time), and she talked about how she could never be in a Jurassic Park movie because she loves them so much that she’s afraid she’d screw it up. Apparently she has no such affection for this franchise, as she has no compunction about totally fucking up a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also stars Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploezek, William Fichter, and Danny Woodburn, and hits theaters on August 8.