‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ poster withdrawn over 9/11 concerns

July 29, 2014 | 7:40 p.m.
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Raphael wields a pair of sai. The character shows off one of the razor-sharp weapons in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

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Leonardo clutches one of his two trademark katanas. The character shows his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

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Michelangelo sports a pair of nunchakus. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

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Donatello carries a bo staff. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)

Paramount Pictures Australia is apologizing for and immediately discontinuing a poster from the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film that contains an image reminiscent of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.

On the Australia poster, the four hero turtles are shown jumping out of an exploding skyscraper with the Australia release date of Sept. 11 in red lettering below.

“We are deeply sorry to have used that artwork for the marketing materials promoting the September 11 opening in Australia,” said Tom Roache, head of publicity for Paramount Pictures Australia, in an email. “Combining that image and date was a mistake. We intended no offense and have taken immediate action to discontinue its use.”

The skateboarding heroes, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, were made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996. In addition to comic book and video game exploits, the crime-fighting creatures who bear the names of famous Renaissance painters eventually made it to the big screen for live-action and animated films.

They were last in the theaters for the 2007 animated feature “TMNT.”

The new film, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, will be released Aug. 8 in the U.S. The movie sees the Turtles get a new origin story, with Megan Fox starring as reporter April O’Neil, a key ally for the masked heroes who must protect New York City from a villain known as Shredder (rumored to be played by William Fichtner).

The film also stars Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo and Danny Woodburn as Splinter, as well as Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliott and others.

– Ryan Parker | @theryanparker

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