In an attempt to reinvent the characters for this generation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gives us a Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo who seem fit for a modern era of grittier comic book movies. In fact, they're almost too ugly in the hit new movie, which pulled in another $17 million over the weekend. But it could have been worse. As we saw earlier this month in a gallery of early concept art, there was an alternate design where they looked even less cartoonish.
Now, via CBM once again, we've gotten ahold of more early art, this time for a design by Anthony Francisco (Spider-Man) that makes the foursome look like aliens, as in the conventional "grey" extraterrestrials we've seen in everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the animated series American Dad. Their eyes are smaller and they're actually green in color, but otherwise they resemble something out of the infamous alien-autopsy film. Oh, and at least one of them apparently carried guns.
This pitched version of the heroes might have been appropriate had the movie really had the Ninja Turtles come from outer space, or maybe they would have looked right had the filmmakers gone with an evolutionary, Planet of the Apes sort of origin. But outside of resembling aliens or just real turtles, these guys also don't look tough enough. More like scrawny warriors. The designs that wound up in the movie might be on the other side -- too muscular to be ninjas, as some are saying -- but they do look like superheroes.
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