Watch: At Least Splinter Is Still a Rat in First ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV Spot

By April 14, 2014

Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has seemingly already taken some big liberties with its source material — Shredder is probably somehow related to April! Someone forgot that turtle noses don’t look like bad human plastic surgery! Will Arnett is there! — but there does appear to be one thing that the production is sticking to: Splinter is a rat. Like, a big one.

The film’s first TV spot (via IGN) is a quickie, but it focuses on two things: fighting and brotherhood, with Shredder (played by William Fichtner, which is sort of perfect) sounding off about how the boys need to always maintain their brotherhood and use it to their advantage. It’s a kind of sweet message, really, which is probably why there’s also a bunch of random fighting spliced in and yet another look at April O’Neil (Megan Fox) passing out when she meets the dudes for the first time. The reaction may be totally understandable, but that’s not exactly a first introduction that plays up her strengths. Hey, she can only get better from there, right?

While you ponder that, check out the new TV spot, appropriately titled “Brothers.”

See? Brotherhood! A big rat with a trademark moustache! Kicking, punching, and flipping! Those certainly all sound like the hallmarks of the TMNT franchise, but we’re still finding it hard to get psyched for the new feature. Perhaps the next trailer and some fresh material will change that? Maybe some mention of pizza?

If you need a refresher on the film’s official synopsis, here it is, with “darkness” (of course!) built right in:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.