When Eastman and Laird first created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles way back in the ’80s, I’m guessing the never expected the success of their product to turn into a mega movie franchise that would take the mutated garden turtles and change the origin to be from outer space.
During the Nickelodeon upfronts last Wednesday, Michael Bay was on hand to talk up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he dropped the most interesting statement.
“When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with the movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely loveable.”
So no radioactive goo seeping from a secret lab. No garden variety turtles and a rat mutating into humanoid forms to fight injustice. And I’m gonna guess no cries of Cowabunga either…
Granted, those of us that grew up reading the original black and white comics, and then seeing the characters totally warped for the animated cartoon series didn’t make a big deal out of it, and even when the first movies arrived, we barely blinked. Kids going to see these movies might be a bit more confused, especially after seeing the CGI movie from a few years ago, and having easier access to TMNT through the pages of IDW’s series.