The trailer for producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles movie will be released this Thursday, but it was screened at CinemaCon earlier today. The trailer reveals the new origin story for the Ninja Turtles, and if you want to wait to find out what that origin is until the trailer is released then don't read beyond this point….
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Thanks to Badass Digest, who saw the trailer, we learned that April O' Neil's father and Shredder created the ooze that turns the turtles into ninjas. It's actually a much better origin than the alien one that was first leaked. Here's a brief description of the trailer.
At first the trailer hides the turtles – there’s voice over from William Fichtner’s Shredder explaining the city has gone to shit. We see criminals with automatic weapons and buildings exploding and maybe – just maybe! – it seems like this could be a Hobo With A Shotgun version of a city in decline. It turns out that this version of Shredder hates that crime and violence, and so he started a program to create heroes. That’s juxtaposed with TCRI ooze canisters and experiments. You know, the ooze that created the turtles. The ooze that Shredder made… with April’s dad. Yes, the VO is Shredder telling April he and her dad made the turtles.
I'm a huge fan of this franchise and this little change in the origin linking Shredder, April O' Neil, and her father to the creation of the turtles doesn't really bother me. In the end, they were still transformed by the ooze, and the fact that the villain and O'Neill are linked to their creation should make for an interesting plot line. What do the rest of you Ninja Turtle fans think?
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