Two Scenes Screened for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (SPOILERS)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.15.2014
IGN reports that two scenes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been screened for IGN and several other media outlets. Producer Andrew Form was present and provided details on the scenes, which included April O'Neil's first meeting with the Turtles and an action scene on a snow-covered mountain. It was twelve minutes overall.
Ford said upfront that the film is an action-comedy, not as serious and dark as the trailer makes it appear.
Here's a recap:
The first clip attempted to shed a little more light on O'Neil's career. She's once again a reporter and is being assigned to unflattering fluff pieces. She's ambitious and wants to cover more pressing topics, so when the Foot takes hostages in the subway and she happens to be nearby, you can bet she's the only person to run into the chaos. Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) made a brief appearance, and it seems like he's there just to provide some extra humor. Seeing as Arnett is charismatic and all kinds of hilarious, that's obviously a good thing. If you've seen the trailer, then you likely know it's not long before the lights go out in the subway and the Ninja Turtles begin smacking around some goons.
At the end of the first Mirage TMNT issue, there's the signature line "We strike hard and fade away... into the night!" This is a simple attribute that has existed with every incarnation of the team (okay, maybe not the Coming Out of their Shells version) and, despite their bulky size, the team was able to brutally take down the enemies and slip away before anyone could get a really good look at them here. No matter how you feel about the characters' redesigns, this scene makes it abundantly clear that they're still swift. That said, it is a little difficult to take their stealth capabilities seriously when Leonardo's creating thunderous footsteps as he sprints at an opponent.
What follows is also a scene from the trailer: April discovering the mutants on a rooftop. Form told us there's "laughs all the way through" and this bit gave each of the heroes a chance to show off what makes them unique. Raphael does his "Batman voice," Leonardo tries to keep everyone in line, Donatello's there to read April's vitals after she faints, and Michelangelo's mouth is always running. Not all of the jokes land and Mikey's interest in April can be borderline creepy (at one point he says his shell tightens while looking at her), but to be fair, this isn't exactly an aspect this creative team introduced to the franchise. The group has always thought April's attractive and this is no exception. Despite a remark or two being a little off, the banter is mostly funny and a couple lines even made the room burst into laughter and applause. Michelangelo is always the lighthearted one in the group and it's great to see this aspect is receiving so much attention and, for the most part, seems to have been done well.
This scene also revealed Donatello's impressive technology. Their attire may look like they grabbed whatever they could get their hands on, but Donnie's gear is seriously high tech. His visor offers a mode that's very similar to the "detective mode" Batman uses in the Arkham games and he even has a holographic display on his wrist gauntlet which would make the Predator a bit jealous. From the little we saw, it definitely looks like the writers are doing a commendable job handling the popular characters' personalities and their dialogue absolutely reminds us they're only 16-years-old in this version.
The snowy chase sequence was pure action and levity. But before we get into those details, it's important to note this scene also reveals a big change to the turtles: Their shells are bulletproof! When they encounter some Foot soldiers out in the open, the heroes think they're royally screwed when their enemies begin to take aim with their assault rifles. Much to their surprise, their shells can not only withstand the bullets, but they can deflect them, too. Obviously, you need to suspend disbelief that not a single bullet tagged an exposed area like a leg or an arm (this is a movie about mutated turtles flipping around New York, after all), but it's a fitting idea since this version of the characters are bigger than usual and come off as more powerful as well.
Even though many of the shots were still being worked on, the whole scene was legitimately exciting and entertaining. A melee breaks out and it was cool watching Donatello and the others dispatch their opponents with their signature weapons. Unlike the subway sequence, this brawl was right out in the open and it was executed in a way that allowed us to appreciate each and every hit. Then there's all kinds of thrilling madness as the group tumbles down a steep slope and tries to avoid getting tagged by their numerous enemies. It's also worth noting that both of these scenes featured a character who looks a whole lot like Karai. Fans can speculate that she could be the daughter or granddaughter of a certain shadowy figure that appeared in the latest trailer, but only time will tell. And speaking of the villains, it was confirmed that there is a man in the huge Shredder armor.
The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and will be released on August 8.