I feel the same way as most of the people reading this. You’re here because you’re a late 20s to early 40s male who is scared that Michael Bay is going to ruin something else from your childhood. After the last two Transformers films, I can understand it. But think back to the first Transformers movie. While there were certainly some decisions I’d disagree with, like Optimus Prime having a mouth, for the most part Bay did a good job with it.
Looking at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser released yesterday (and seen below), the internet have fallen into one of three camps. The minority seems to be wholly optimistic of the project.
For now, we’ll call these the blissfully ignorant be it that they have absolutely no taste at all or they have never seen what Michael Bay can do to a franchise when left unchecked or had to watch Megan Fox attempt to act. Then there is the grouping I am currently in which is okay with the current trailer, excited about the positive possibilities but is still have trepidations about getting our hopes up too high because we know that never ends well when it comes to Michael Bay.
Finally there are those (that most people thought I would have fallen into) that already hate the current franchise based on a single trailer. They complain about the CGI and want practical costume effects back. Honestly, if those rubber costumes were shown for the first time, they’d be ripped about by fans saying they looked dated and lame. They also complain about Megan Fox as April… well that one I agree with. And then they complain about the story changes.
Well guess what, any time a franchise is rebooted, stories change. That is why it is a reboot and not a remake. If it was a shot for shot remake of the original, they wouldn’t be pulling Michael Bay in for the job. And to be clear, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that most people grew up on and loved was a reboot of the original comic series’ concepts nor is it what the kids growing up today and watching in Nickelodeon. Just because it isn’t “your” TMNT doesn’t mean it isn’t TMNT.
All that said, I do still have reservations about getting too exciting for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starring Megan Fox from Michael Bay. Four of those last five words so close together can lead to some really frightening combinations. But I will give them the opportunity to prove me wrong.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released in theaters in August. Take a look at the first teaser trailer below and let us know your thoughts on this initial peek.