The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a staple of my childhood. I had the toys, the comics, the movies, the bed sheets. Needless to say, I had a great love for all things TMNT.
So it’s with a heavy heart that I relay the following information on what filmmaker Michael Bay is planning to do to our beloved heroes in a half shell.
But, his ass-kicking turtles are going to be from “an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”
OK, that’s pretty bad.
Why make the characters aliens? What about Splinter? Will he be an alien, too? There was nothing wrong with the TMNT’s origin story: some turtles and a rat come into contact with some radioactive goo, and BOOM! they turn human-sized. Then, under Splinter’s tutelage, the turtle brothers learn Ninjutsu and take to the New York streets to fight crime.
When this news broke, fan backlash was fierce. Even Robbie Rist, who voiced Michelangelo in the first live-action film, took to Facebook and said Bay’s plans are “sodomizing” the movies, and is the “rape of our childhood memories.” I don’t know if I’d go quite that far, but yeah, what Bay is planning is pretty bad.
Bay responded to all of the people who had gone atwitter with criticisms of his plans:
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
Sure, Michael Bay, sure.