‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ TV spot reveals glimpse of Splinter
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)Link
Leonardo clutches one of his two trademark katanas. The character shows his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Michelangelo sports a pair of nunchakus. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Donatello carries a bo staff. The character shows off his weapon in a movie poster for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
Megan Fox as April O'Neil in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." (Paramount Pictures)Link
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans got a look at some new scenes from the upcoming summer film during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards. The latest TV spot offers a first look at the turtles’ trainer, Master Splinter.
The teaser opens with an action montage with several scenes already featured in last month’s trailer, an action-packed preview that showed the heroes in a half shell facing off against baddies in the subway and body surfing down a snowy mountain. The TV spot (watch it below) also revealed several new scenes, including Raphael punching out a hooded thug, Donatello (Jeremy Howard) wearing one of his trademark inventions and one of the turtles launching off a cliff on some sort of rocket-propelled skateboard.
Meanwhile, a voiceover narrates: “You live, you die, you fight as brothers. Remember, nothing is as strong as family.”
The new clip also features a first look at Master Splinter (Danny Woodburn), the man-sized rat who trains the mean, green fighting machines in the sewers of New York.
The movie mutants appear to take after the gritty characters from the original comics, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in the early 1980s, instead of their goofier counterparts, made famous in the animated TV series that ran from 1987 to 1996.
“Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians,” the film’s official description reads. “The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
The turtles find allies in intrepid reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), though both characters appear to depart from previous incarnations. In the comics, cartoons and movies, April has been portrayed as a computer programmer, a reporter, a ninja warrior, a scientist and even an archaeologist. In the film, it seems that Fox’s version totes a smartphone instead of a news camera and wears a yellow jacket instead of her trademark jumpsuit. And Fenwick, who has been portrayed as April’s sniveling rival, appears to be her friend in the film.
The movie, directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay, also stars William Fichtner (rumored to play Shredder), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliott and others.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is due in theaters Aug. 8.
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