The news of a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie set to debut on Christmas in 2013 has been bittersweet for fans. On the one hand, it’s a new big-budget Turtles flick, which is good. On the other, Michael Bay is involved in the project, which is a definite negative for many folks.
It appears as though things are about to get even worse.
Bay spoke last week at a Nickelodeon event (video below) where he assured everyone that the movie was going to be great. He also said the following, which has the TMNT faithful in an uproar. “When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”
Anyone who knows their Turtles lore is fully aware of the fact that the heroes in a half-shell aren’t from outer space – they’re altered following exposure to a radioactive substance. If they’re “aliens” are they even “mutants” anymore? Why even tinker with this key piece of the lore in the first place?
Perhaps Bay just misspoke – maybe he doesn’t really understand the Turtles’ origin story and this was a slip of the tongue. Maybe he meant they were aliens in that they were from other countries and here in America illegally. Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello certainly sound like foreign names – so maybe that’s where Bay got confused.
Or maybe he's referring to the original TMNT origins story from the graphic novel, which involved the villain Krang and the shady organization TCRI, itself a secret base for alien beings. According to First Showing, the film may even make the turtles inter-dimensional beings, and they confirm that Krang will be the villain. So it seems like they're playing around with the real origins while stretching the canon a bit to fit in a story only hardcore TMNT faithful are familiar with (sorry animated TV show fans).
Where it all ends up, we don't know, though we shouldn't just jump on Michael Bay for changing mythology when he may just be opening up a section of the mythology that hasn't been touched in a good while.
[via Bleeding Cool]
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