They say time flies. And sometimes we forget just how much until something in pop culture reminds us. Take the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), for example. Do you recall how they were all the rage back in the late 80s and early 90s?
The comic strip that featured four characters by the name of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael ended up becoming an international phenomenon thanks to toys, books and films. In fact, the turtles were fortunate enough to be featured in four different movies thus far: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and TMNT. According to Box Office Mojo, all of these films have grossed approximately $310,345,435 to date. And with the third-animated series featuring the turtles currently airing on Nickelodeon, it makes perfect sense why there would be a fifth TMNT movie currently in production.
Although the details about the movie itself have been pretty vague, the actors who have signed on to be a part of the movie include Whoopi Goldberg, Megan Fox and William Fichtner. And recently, there has been insight offered into what the actual appearance of the turtles will be.
As far as the four “original” turtles, reportedly their appearance will be very traditional. They will have their weapons in tow and their different colored masks; however, the detailing of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael will not be exactly as it was in the previous releases. What people may also notice is that the turtles will have different physiques. Raphael and Leonardo will have the more muscular physiques, Leonardo will appear slimmer and Michelangelo will be the shortest of the bunch.
Two of the other feature characters in the film are Master Splinter and Shredder. Reportedly, Master Splinter will still have his traditional design although his hair will be pulled back in a “bun” and he will be wearing a tattered samurai outfit that will be complemented with gold accents and a pair of blocky sandals. Shredder, on the other hand, will have on an outfit that is a bit more fascinating. It will come complete with metal armor and blades on his suit and a semi-traditional helmet.
Being that the TMNT were first introduced to us over 25 years ago, you can expect a lot of the elements of the turtles’ facial features will be far more detailed than in times past. According to the co-creator, Peter Laird, fans can expect to see face replacement technology used so that the characters will appear to be much more expressive.
With the movie being slated to come out in August of 2014, it can be expected that more information that will be released about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (as it relates to the movie and also the new action figures that are to be released later this year as well) as it gets closer to the premiere. In the meantime, one source that can keep you up to date is Peter Laird’s blog (PeterLairdsTMNTBlog.Blogspot.com). He posts pretty regularly and provides some pretty interesting information that’s enough to keep you entertained until the next TMNT installment hits the big screen. Once again.