The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be making a return to the big screen! News just broke that Paramount will be rebooting the series, with Michael Bay Platinum Dunes returning to produce. Jim Gianopulos is the new head of Paramount, and if this new version of the franchise is going to succeed, there’s going to need to be major changes. Today, we’ll be looking a the Heroes in Half-Shell’s most recent comic series and why it needs to be the inspiration for the new series.
In 2009 IDW Publishing launched a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now, the Ninja Turtles have had a complicated history like all comic book characters. They started off as a dark, violent parody of Daredevil. Then, they took a complete 180° and became a goofy children’s cartoon. The TV show took off and became the franchise that we know today. This is where IDW comes in. They took the dark and the light and brought them together in the perfect way. They gave them their classic looks, their same personalities, but with mature themes. The Turtles are no longer mutated pets, but are the reincarnated sons of Hamato Yoshi from ancient Japan. Raphael is separated from the group at a very young age; leading to him being distant, and more of a loner. The family is killed (in a past life) and want to take down the Shredder. Not because it’s the right thing to do, but because they want revenge.
The IDW run isn’t the pizza party most people think when they imagine the Turtles. It’s something that is more cinematic than the cowabunga days in the 80s. That’s where the latest films failed. They tried too hard to be like the 80s cartoon resulting in something hardly anyone liked. Evens kids nowadays have a show that is more mature. Nickelodeon’s 2012 reboot is another example of the series evolving and becoming something better. No, the Ninja Turtles don’t have to be The Dark Knight, but it can shoot for something like Guardians of the Galaxy, right?
Do you think the TMNT should try and move from the cartoony style of the previous films or should they stick with the same formula? And did you me to write about TMNT (2012) or review the IDW comics? I definitely would if there was an audience for it.Vote in the poll below if you’re interested! For more on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stay tuned.
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