The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot film has caused a lot of stomach acid for loyal Turtles fans. The fact that it was being produced by Michael Bay set off alarm bells for many a child of the ‘80s who had already seen what happens when you combine Bay with a beloved childhood toy line (thankfully, Bay isn’t directing the new Turtles film). Things only got worse when an early script leak suggested the reboot was taking significant liberties with the source material, turning the Turtles from mutants into space aliens. Only last week we got a first look at the Turtles redesign for the film in the form of a kids’ Halloween costume, and it looked awful. But hang on, folks: pictures allegedly from someone “close to the production” have been leaked to ComicBookMovie, and the verdict is…actually pretty good!
Assuming these images are genuine — and they do correspond to earlier descriptions of the new movie tie-in toys — this thankfully looks to be a case of some solid design work translating into a really shitty Halloween costume. We’d definitely rather it be that way than the other way around. As it stands, if your kid wants to go as a Leonardo this Halloween, just build him a better costume yourself.
Other than adding some martial-arts filigree like Leo’s chest piece and giving the Turtles loincloths, this design is pretty faithful to the traditional look. It’s truly a new day: Superman lost his underwear and the Turtles put some on. The times, they are a’ changin’.
CBM also got a look at the design for the Turtles’ most iconic enemy, the Shredder. And again, while there are some changes in detail, they’ve pretty much stuck with the traditional look. They are definitely putting the shredder in Shredder. No wonder he’s evil, nobody has ever been able to give him a hug.
Of course, things could still go very wrong depending on the script and the direction, but now that we’ve finally seen what to expect from the Turtles themselves, that’s got to be a relief to all the TMNT fans who’ve been dreading this thing. Fingers crossed that the final movie will be totally tubular, dude.