‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’ is coming hot on the heels of the first movie, which came out in 2014. The sequel will swoop into theaters in June 2016. Yes, the Turtles are gritty street-level super heroes, but… they’re huge turtles that love pizza. How does one find the proper tone for a live action movie? It seems the key was finding a director who is also a super fan of the property, which seems to be the best way to describe David Green who helmed this project. As already seen in the trailer, this movie may play closer to the classic 80s cartoon series than any previous attempt, with the introduction of fan favorite characters Casey Jones, Baxter Stockman and Bebop and Rocksteady.
MTV went behind the scenes of the new movie, speaking to Megan Fox, who returns as female lead April O’Neal, and to the Turtles themselves, Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michaelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo – physical performance) as well as Stephen Amell, the star of ‘Arrow’ who will embody vigilante/sports enthusiast Casey Jones.
The actors offered a little insight into the new movie– expect a lighter flick than some other comic adaptations.
“They figured out the tone of the movie should be funny. This isn’t like Turtles in Gotham City. That’s the wrong way to take it. So I think they just have a much better handle on the tone of the movie and this one is actually going to be much better than the first one.
“I kind of hope the people that saw the first one and were like, ’Meh, I don’t know, take or or leave it’ — I hope they give this one a chance, because this ones’ going to be, I think, way better.”
Judging by the first trailer, Fox may be right!
Watch the behind the scenes video for yourself below:
What do you think? Is a more comedic approach right for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’? Or were you hoping for something darker?
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows’ also stars Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams and Laura Linney with the voices of Johnny Knoxville (Leonardo) and Tony Shalhoub (Splinter). It strikes theaters on June 3rd, 2016.