Michael Bay’s Turtle movie is officially titled ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Every single news about Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles movie has been met with criticism from fans. Whether it’s the casting of Megan Fox as April O’Neil to the turtles being Alien Ninja Turtles, they haven’t been shy about showing voicing their hate towards the Transformers director.
Now it looks like we may possibly be getting a nugget of good news. According to TMNT Lair, the Paramount presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas included the reveal of the TMNT logo that fully displayed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
If this is indeed true, the whole alien thing could have been “taken out of context,” which director Jonathan Liebesman has mentioned in an interview with Collider. He added that “The fans can rest assured that what we’re doing is extremely exciting to me as a huge fan of the Turtles and to Kevin [Eastman, Turtles co-creator] also.”
Maybe all isn’t bad as we thought. I mean, Liebesman is working with one of the co-creators of TMNT. He talked to Superhero Hype last year about working with Eastman.
“I’ve just been locked in a room with Kevin Eastman. I think what we’re developing, the fans will love. I’m a fan, and I love what we’re doing. It’s a lot of stuff Kevin’s been thinking about for a long time and just hasn’t done. Anything we expand will tie right into the mythology, so I think fans will go apeshit when they see it.”
He also mentions that the alien concept isn’t so foreign, since it was actually in the comic books. In an interview with Collider last year, Leibesman had this to say:
“Look, it’s so funny—if everyone was such a die-hard fan, they would know that the TCRI canisters where the ooze comes from. That is alien ooze. Now I’m not saying what Michael said is exactly what the movie is, because we’re sitting in a room now figuring everything out. So we don’t know, but we are like Michael said: we’re expanding it, and the expansion will be true to the mythology. I promise you: fans will love it.”
Well, he is working with Eastman, and they are developing the story together. I just hope the movie doesn’t get too weird, since even the comic book got really weird. I mean, they revealed later on in the series that April O’Neil was actually a drawing that came to life. WTF?
I’m still not confident with Liebesman at the helm though, since I wasn’t too thrilled with his other efforts (Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles).