Ninja Turtles’ Splinter is cast, plus everything we read about the reboot is wrong


News has surfaced that Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found its Master Splinter. The mutated rat is a mentor and father-figure to the turtles, and who better to play that character than Danny Woodburn, according to Deadline. Okay, so maybe he isn’t the first actor to pop up when you think of Master Splinter. The last time I saw him was in Watchmen, where Rorschach took care of him in the prison.

Ever since it was announced that Michael Bay was behind the Ninja Turtles project, fans have been bashing the movie ever since. Alan Ritchson, who plays Raphael, reveals his frustration that fans aren’t giving the movie a chance. He says that everything we have read about the reboot is wrong. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, he first talks about his experience being in the movie.

“We are shooting. It’s been an interesting process, this live-action-motion-capture thing. There’s just a lot of technology involved so there’s some kinks to work out. So we’ve had some trial runs, we’ve started  shooting some. We’re also in this phase right now that is sort of  developmental….We’re learning a lot of the fight choreography. We’ve got these  unbelievable stunt trainers that work us every day to the bone. It’s been a great process. We’ll pick back up with principal photography soon.”

Now we get to the juicy part. It’s clear that he wants to say something about the movie to let fans know it’s in good hands, but he has to keep his mouth shut.

“The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputation, this movie that hasn’t come out yet. I think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong and it’s frustrating because you want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is. It’s so much better than people think and it’s going to look way  better than anybody can imagine. I can’t wait for people to see this. I think  it’s going to live up to and exceed everybody’s boyhood dreams of being a Ninja Turtle. I grew up with it too and I want to see it come to life in the best way possible.”

So what can’t you tell us, Alan? That Megan Fox isn’t going to be April O’Neil? That Michael Bay isn’t involved and isn’t butchering the story? Tell me!

Here’s the full THR Alan Ritchson interview video.

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