Did you know that there is a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out next week? If you didn’t, Paramount Pictures really, really wants to let you know. And if you forgot, they really, really want to remind you. To that end, they’ve released two new featurettes and eleven, yes eleven, new TV spots.
The Jonathan Liebesman-directed remake has come under fire for making some drastic changes to the source material, most noticeably the appearance of the Heroes in a Half Shell, giving them more humanoid faces. There have also been substantial alterations made to their origin story. This time they were made in a lab, designed to fight evil, not the result of an accidental encounter with the mysterious ooze. We’ll see how that goes, but one thing they didn’t change is the inclusion of Vernon Fenwick. Played here by Will Arnett, he is reporter April O’Neil’s (Megan Fox) cameraman who helps her out—a slight change, in the comics and cartoons he’s her rival, but at least they appear to have the sniveling wiener part of the character down pat in this video.
In this second feature, Liebesman says that the most important thing to him about the Turtles is that they’re funny. Adaptations of beloved franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are tricky. There is already a large, rabid fan base, and no matter what you do, you’re not going to satisfy everyone. Honestly, as long as they get the characters right, I’m pretty forgiving about the rest. I don’t even really care about the changes to their look.
That sarcastic, irreverent sense of humor has always been a part of who the Turtles are. After all, these are giant talking Turtles that are proficient in the martial arts. That concept is the inherently just a wee bit silly, but also a lot of fun. However, for a while it looked like Liebesman and company were going a much darker route, trying to go serious. As skeptical as I still am about this movie (I have little to no faith in Liebesman as a director), it’s been a relief that the promotion has apparently changed focus, getting back to a more humorous approach.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens everywhere a week from today, on Friday, August 8. And in case you still need to see more from this particular motion picture, there’s a lot in store for you below. Like I said, there are eleven short new TV spots for you to peruse. They probably won’t sway you about the film either way, but they’ll give you a pretty good idea. And if you’re stoked about this, they’ll definitely serve to get you even more pumped up.