Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Designs Revealed
Since the project was announced a while back, Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film has been shrouded in secrecy. Aside from the ill-conceived idea that the Turtles would be alien in origin, Bay hasn’t really said much about this interpretation of the much-beloved characters. Now, photos showcasing concept artwork for The Shredder and concept figures of a few of the Turtles have surfaced, giving us a pretty clear idea of what we should expect the anthropomorphic reptilian heroes to look like on screen. We’re not going to host them here, because Paramount has apparently been trying to remove the pictures from every site that’s posting them. But if anything, that should give you a good idea of how legitimate the pictures are. At the moment, you can find the designs for William Fichter’s Shredder and pics of Leonardo and Donatello at MovieWeb, but it probably won’t be long before they’re removed as well.
Sometime last week a Halloween costume for Michelangelo was leaked online, which looked absolutely atrocious (see below) — but to be fair most cheap Halloween costumes do. It’s worth noting that the leaked design concepts for the movie match up with this design of Mikey, from the hoodie wrapped around his waist to the sunglasses and tattoos. Since the pictures may be down by the time you read this, we’ll describe what they looked like. Leonardo looked pretty badass with samurai-esque body armor, and tape wrapped around his wrists and ankles. Raphael had a bandana that draped over his entire head, while Donatello had some sort of tech goggles. All of the Turtles have very bumpy, crocodile-esque skin, and they all seem to have a similar body structure, with Raphael being the largest of course. While some were expecting the designs to echo those of the recent Nickelodeon cartoon reboot, these designs are quite different, and honestly pretty cool looking. It shouldn’t be too long now before we get a look at a trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as it’s due to be released in August of 2014.