Those heroes in a half shell are back for an all new adventure that will surely be a polarizing trip down nostalgia lane. The first reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise debuted back in 2014, where it was a huge box office success but was critically panned. The fact that Michael Bay was and is attached as producer doesn’t help with loyal fans. But since the film was a resounding success grossing over $490 million worldwide, obviously a sequel was going to happen.
For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of Shadows, director David Green takes over for previous director Jonathan Liebesman. And with a sequel comes brand new characters, some of which may be familiar to fans of both the comics and the cartoon. Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams), Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly, a.k.a. WWE’s Sheamus), and Doctor Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) will be the Turtles’ new adversaries. But there will also be new allies to aid them in their fight against the Foot Clan. Casey Jones (Steven Amell) will join the turtles as the hockey mask wearing vigilante and possible love interest to April O’Neill (Megan Fox).
You can check out the latest trailer below along with some images.
In the trailer it appears that the Turtles got some new weapons and vehicle upgrades since we last saw them. Leonardo (Pete Ploszek and Johnny Knoxville), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), and Donatello (Jeremy Howard). It should be interesting to see how fans of react to these weapons upgrades. Before it was a Turtle Van, now it looks like it is a Turtle Garbage Truck. And Donatello has an electric bo.
Will Arnett also returns to reprise his role. Other newcomers to the franchise include Laura Linney as Chief Rebecca Vincent, and Brian Tee as The Shredder.
Paramount has also released a few stills in conjunction with the teaser trailer. And here is the official synopsis:
“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” is the sequel to the 2014 hit film “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.” The film is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman and is directed by David Green (“EARTH TO ECHO”). Michael Bay (the “TRANSFORMERS franchise) returns to produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”), with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick (“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”) also producing.
Also returning for the sequel is Megan Fox (“TRANSFORMERS”) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as Vernon Fenwick and the Turtles: Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello. Rounding out the cast is Stephen Amell (“Arrow,”) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (“GONE GIRL”, the “MADEA” franchise) as Baxter Stockman, Academy Award nominated actress Laura Linney (“The Big C”, “LOVE ACTUALLY”) as Chief Rebecca Vincent, Brian Tee (“JURASSIC WORLD”) as Shredder, WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly as Rocksteady and Gary Anthony Williams (“THE INTERNSHIP”) as Bebop.