This week Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes released the first official trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new reboot from producer Michael Bay director Jonathan Liebesman. The reaction from fans and the general public was mixed. Some people thought it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been (faint praise), while others received confirmation that the new movie isn’t going to be very good. Although the filmmakers have taken a darker approach to the Turtles, it still retains its goofy comedic edge. A new banner poster and TV spot gives people a closer and better look at the Heroes in a Half-Shell, while still adhering to the spirit of the trailer.
First up, the banner. All four Turtles are spread out and ready for action. There has been harsh criticism that the character design too ugly and look more like Shrek than the traditional Turtles. They all have they’re familiar colors, weapons, and personalities, which have been amped up for a newer generation of fans. The Turtles are also huge, so it’s going to be interesting to see how agile they are when they’re in action.
Next up, the extended TV spot. It’s really just a condensed version of the previous trailer, and gives you the same information. There are no real story elements, but rather a new approach to TMNT. The look of the movie feels like The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, a Transformers movie, and The Dark Knight all mixed together in one convenient package, but with the Turtles instead of Spider-Man, Optimus Prime, or Batman. It also appears that the movie is going to follow April O’Neil (Megan Fox) more than the actual Turtles. The filmmakers want to integrate her more into the story, rather than have her be a link between the mutant and human worlds. Regardless, nothing we’ve seen so far from TMNT has been overly offensive, but just underwhelming.
We have a few screengrabs of the new trailer on the site, which gives you a close-up look at the Turtles, The Shredder, and April. There are a few one-liners in the trailer that are actually funny, but I’m a sucker for TMNT humor. There is a chance that the movie might get too goofy, considering that Michael Bay is involved with the project. For better or worse, he continues to be his own enemy.
TMNT retells the origin of the Heroes in a Half Shell, and how the Shredder and April’s father are responsible for creating them. The reboot stars Fox, Danny Woodburn, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, and William Fichtner. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) co-wrote the new movie with Evan Daugherty (Divergent).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters everywhere on August 8.