Peter Laird, TMNT co-creator, has announced that the new live-action turtle movie will be rebooted “Batman Begins-style”, as in an origin story. Characters most likely to return will include The Shredder, April O’Neil, and Casey Jones (OMG!), as well as a few other characters from the TMNT universe:
“I would not be unhappy to somehow see the tale of Baxter Stockman and the robotic ‘mousers’ folded into this movie, as well as some elements possibly setting up the TGRI connection for a possible sixth (or seventh) movie. But I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself there.”
Laird plans to bring the turtles back to their darker, original comic book roots, which were by far much different from the 1987 children’s animated series. Referencing back to the Mirage Comics series, Baxter Stockman was a sociopathic African American scientist who initially created the Mousers to kill off sewer rats. April O’Neil was working for Stockman as a computer programmer and eventually discovered the scientist was using the mousers to rob banks for fun. Planning to expose Stockman’s crimes, O’Neil tried to escape his laboratory through the elevator, only be sent down to the sewer level. Stockman sent an army of mousers after O’Neil who was then saved by the ninja turtles. The turtles successfully infiltrated Stockman’s laboratory and the scientist was taken into custody. The 1987 animated series simply portrayed Stockman as a Caucasian inventor hired by The Shredder to build the Mousers to hunt after Splinter.
Stockman’s story could definitely work for a “Batman Begins-style” reboot and Mirage Studios certainly has an abundant amount of source material to execute this. The move to a darker, live-action film is no doubt an ingenious move for the franchise, considering all of us original turtles fans are most likely in our 20s by now and will probably be flocking to theaters hours before that midnight showing. How seriously amazing will it be to see The Shredder, April O’Neil, and CASEY JONES back on the big screen? I don’t know about you guys, but I’m obviously psyched to see the return of the live-action hockey mask-wearing vigilante with his gym bag arsenal of sports equipment. Casting will be incredibly crucial with familiar characters like these, so here’s hoping that Mirage Studios has set it as a high priority. We’re not going to want Robert Pattinson and Vanessa Anne Hudges as Casey Jones and April O’Neil, you hear?