'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Title Controversy: Michael Bay Explains Why It's Now Just 'Ninja Turtles'

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Title Controversy: Michael Bay Explains Why It's Now Just 'Ninja Turtles'

Mar 27, 2012

Last week on As the World Turns Around This New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, it was revealed that producer Michael Bay -- with guidance from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman -- had altered the TMNT story to include some alien mythology, which is in those early TMNT comics, but wasn't explored much after that in the animated series or live-action movies. Bay responded -- as did everyone else associated with the movie -- to calm down fan fears and suggest they take a chill pill. Cut to yesterday when it was revealed that the title of the film (due out in December 2013) has also changed by dropping the "Teenage Mutant" and just going with Ninja Turtles. Cue more fan outrage.

And cue Michael Bay (who took to his forums once again to explain): "Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE'S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN."

Is it me, or does Michael Bay sound like he needs to take a chill pill, throwing out the ALL CAPS and whatnot like he's about to bust a nerve in his blockbuster-sized brain? Yeah, we get it. You care. But so do fans, and until you prove to them that this is a film that's going to knock their socks off, then unfortunately you're just going to have to deal with it. Welcome to the internet, Michael Bay, where EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION. 

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