Is the TEENAGE MUTANT (ALIEN) NINJA TURTLES reboot getting some familiar villains?

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I have a secret to tell. There is a part of me, a tiny infinitesimal part, that is actually looking forward to Michael Bay’s planned reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, I know the whole “alien” fiasco was a bit weird and the fact that the film has been sent back to the drawing board once already doesn’t bode well, but I just love those heroes on the half-shell so much, that I have to have some hope that Bay and friends will do them justice.

And now it looks like they may at least be sticking to its villainous roots by bringing in none other than Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady. Maybe.

The news broke via Comic Book Movie who picked up what everybody else had somehow missed on Latino Review writer El Mayimbe‘s Twitter feed back in June already. He had apparently managed to get his hands on a copy of the Josh Applebaum and Andrew Nemec script for the Jonathan Liebesman directed film and while he didn’t go into any serious plot details, he had shared these tidbits that should make long time TMNT fans happy:

There’s no mention of Turtles arch-nemesis Shredder, but you’d have to think that with those other three villains included that he just has to be in it, as he was the one that helped Krang get a robot body when the brainy would-be conqueror first travelled here from Dimension X, and he was also the one that turned two-bit thugs Bebop and Rocksteady into their mutated warthog and rhino forms.

This should go some way to assuaging fans’ fears that after the reveal that Bay intended to have the Turtles be aliens, that at least the story won’t be straying to far from the source material. Well, maybe “strayed” is a better term, as it’s uncertain which version of the script this is. For all we know, the latest reworking could remove all of those classic TMNT elements and leave us with a vastly different film.

Comic Book Movie doesn’t help those traditional hopes much, as they have also managed to come into possession of a plot synopsis via an apparent reputable source:

“After their planet’s destruction, four turtle-like alien warriors and their master come to Earth, where they join forces with reporter April O’Neil to prevent the extradimensional conqueror Krang from enslaving the human race.”

So if that holds up, then that probably means no mutagen, no sewer and no idea of what Master Splinter would look like. Also, without the mutagen, how does Bebop and Rocksteay get mutated? I’ll be guessing through some of Krang’s Dimension X technology, but I’m not sure how I feel about that.

But I still have hope. OK, so it’s a just about non-existent pin-prick of hope, but it’s still there. Hey, it can’t be worse than the live-action TV series right? Right?!

Last Updated: July 11, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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