Five Ways Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Needs To Improve Upon The First One

By Nick Venable | 6 years ago

teenage mutant ninja turtlesBring in More Characters
I know, it sounds like I’m going against my wishes for a Turtles-centric film, but I’m not asking for a movie about other characters; I’m asking for them to make their way into this cinematic universe in an interesting way. I get that there are always going to be rights issues and studios will show hesitance for strange new characters, but let’s at least get Casey Jones involved. Assuming the mask-wearing vigilante isn’t played by a complete asswipe who refuses to wear a mask, this franchise could finally have its first compelling human character. The Turtles can’t just go out in public all the time, so they need a scrappy human counterpart that can do that job for them, and there’s no one more equipped than Casey “Two Minutes for High Sticking” Jones.

But limiting this franchise’s vast lineup of characters to just humans would be a feat worthy of the Channel 6 crime beat. (Future fly-man Baxter Stockman does appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so let’s build that story up.) Obviously, the first choices would be Shredder’s mutant allies Bebop and Rocksteady, and their inclusion is entirely possible, having been name-checked by Liebesman and the producers for future film foes. But don’t stop there. Bring in the mildly mental snapping turtle Slash and the ever-popular Krang, the brain who lives inside of the stomach of a humanoid host. The grossness potential for that is off the charts. And why not bring in samurai rabbit Miyamoto Usagi or the similarly mutated Punk Frogs, including Napoleon Bonafrog? There are many faces that would be welcome on the Ninja Turtles’ next big-screen adventure, but not the Neutrinos. Anybody but them.

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