"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" New Full Trailer Released with "Turtles as Aliens" [Video]
The film, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, finds the four brothers-cum-turtles (Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Howard) working alongside reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) to stop longtime TMNT baddie Shredder and his Foot Clan army.
Despite being one of a vast assortment of children's cartoon reboots in the past few years, "Ninja Turtles" has found its share of controversy. Fan outrage was first spurned on when producer Michael Bay announced that the hero turtles would be members of an alien race rather than mutants, as their name suggests (although eventually he recanted the statement).
At one point in the new trailer, Fox's character even makes a sly reference to the original "turtles as aliens" debacle- a sign that the film might try to make amends with annoyed fans.
And with the premiere of the film's first trailer, the fans were riled once more, citing outrage over the turtles' more realistic, less cartoony designs. Cheif among them was Peter Laird, one of the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creators, who argued that the redesign was a case of "fixing what is not broken."
Bay (or anyone else involved with the film) has yet to comment on this second set of complaints, but Paramount recently unveiled a series of posters highlighting the new designs- perhaps a way of trying to win over the old, disgruntled fans.
But the trailer itself is skewed towards a much more kid-friendly audience (much like the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon, which brought the turtles to the forefront of pop culture). Here, the heroes in a half shell are continuously cracking jokes, and demonstrating their ninja moves to the sound of dubstep.
It's certain to turn off older, more nostalgic TMNT viewers, but guaranteed to bring in waves of children just coming out of Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction."
"Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles" will release on August 8th, 2014.