The first full trailer for this summer’s Michael Bay-produced and Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has premiered online a few days following its unveiling at this year’s CinemaCon. You can watch it here below.
The clip is framed by narration from William Fichtner‘s lily-white Shredder, explaining to April O’Neill (Megan Fox) how the city has fallen into ruin and chaos and how he and her father tried to stem the rising tide of violence by creating their own heroes. Yes friends, Shredder had a hand in creating the Ninja Turtles.
Whatever. I haven’t had any real interest in the characters since I was in the 6th grade so the changes to the canon molded and adhered to for years since the Turtles first appeared in the pages of a black & white underground comic book of their own created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird hardly faze me.
What’s important is how the redesigned Turtles look, and they look…big and grungy, and their faces resemble that baby mask Michael Palin wore during his “interrogation sessions” in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil if it was suffering from a bout of Arby’s-induced nausea.
The trailer indicates the film will pack in plenty of action and groan-inducing one-liners, which is what we have come to expect from a Michael Bay enterprise. It’s heavy with CGI but the mo-cap work done to create the TMNT looks solid. The kids will love this one, I’m sure.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also stars Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Will Arnett, and Danny Woodburn, and opens in 2D and 3D on August 8, 2014.