Regardless of how you may feel about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot – I happened to enjoy it, despite its flaws – there’s no denying that the film was successful, grossing $493 million worldwide. With such a rich universe to explore, it’s not surprising that a sequel was quickly greenlit by the folks at Paramount, and everything we’ve seen up to this point seems to indicate that the studio has listened to the feedback from longtime TMNT fans.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows looks to be embracing the goofy, ridiculous world of the Turtles in the best possible way. This latest trailer not only shows off iconic villains Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), but we also catch a glimpse of Casey Jones (Stephen Amell of Arrow fame), Shredder, and the gadget-laden van from the original animated series.
While not featured in this clip, earlier marketing has confirmed that Out of the Shadows will also bring us live-action versions of mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and Krang, the brain-like alien creature with a hulking mechanical body. The fact that we’re living in a world where some of the most memorable characters from my childhood are being brought to life for a big-budget, big-screen adventure is just a little bit crazy. But if the filmmakers behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows are smart enough to focus on the things that made the first film enjoyable, and didn’t find themselves hampered by constant rewrites during production, then this sequel could turn out to be a lot of fun.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will hit theaters this summer on June 3.
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