Everyone (myself included) got their undies in a bunch when Michael Bay proclaimed that the turtles from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie he’s producing would be from space instead of the sewers. That certainly pissed some people off.
Despite the fan backlash, co-creator Kevin Eastman is on board with the changes Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) are making. In fact, talking with MTV Geek, he called the upcoming Ninja Turtles a “fantastic film,” and said that it’s “easily the best Turtles movie yet.” He continued with, “We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes. We’re talking about epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects.” Those are bold comparisons.
You can watch the entire interview below.
Much has also been made of Paramount pushing the release date back from December 2013 to May 2014. Many assumed it had to do with fan displeasure, but Eastman addressed that as well. “A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May,” he said, “but the 30th anniversary of the Turtles is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”
He’s definitely embracing the change and evolution of his characters, which he co-created with Peter Laird. Skeptics may say, “Of course he is, he’s making bank.” And while that probably doesn’t hurt, Eastman sounds earnest when he talks about comics as a genre, and how every generation redefines what came before them, leaving their own distinct mark.
Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.
All in all, this is an interesting interview. Eastman talks about whether or not the film will use motion capture, and even touches on comic book politics when he recounts why they intentionally kept Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles independent right out of the gate. As for Bay’s version of TMNT, Eastman may be won over, but it remains to be seen if the fans will be.