Now that's what I'm talking about! Following a mediocre first installment in 2014, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back on track. If you're anything like me (a nerdy late 20-something who grew up with the Turtles), then this basically had you shouting "Cowabunga" for two minutes.
See here's the thing. I grew up with the cartoon from the late 80's early 90's, so when the first movies came out in the 90's, they didn't feel right to me. Then, when Michael Bay decided to bring the franchise back in 2014, well...we know how that went over. However, the Bay film gave TMNT fans like myself hope when we saw concept art for characters like Bebop, Rocksteady & Krang. We knew they were thinking about them, but they never made it on screen.
Then the trailer for TMNT: Out Of The Shadows happened, and good golly Miss Molly, it was hard to pick just five top moments but we're going to try our best.
Casey Freaking Jones
Casey Jones bats a puck into a Foot Soldier's face.
I really could just end this entry there.
Everyone's favorite hockey mask wearing vigilante has arrived and given what we've seen Stephen Amell do on Arrow, he's clearly the perfect fit for the character. His introduction in the trailer gives fans just what they need to get on board. We find out who he is, and what he's capable of (including rollerblading away from a giant mutated Rhino).
All Hail The Turtle Van!
This is a real thing, showing up in a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 2016. We got our first glimpse at the van at the end of the last film, and an even better look at it from Michael Bay earlier this year. If you did not squeal with delight after seeing the van shoot NYC manhole covers out from the front of it, this movie might not be for you.
The Turtle Van first made its way onto the scene in the 1987 cartoon and was originally owned by Baxter Stockman (more on him a few slides down). After a big ol' fight, the Turtles took it and had Donatello soup it up to the beauty we know today. It was also at the top of little James' Christmas list way back when.
Crazy to think that after all the live-action movies, we're just now seeing this thing for the first time and hopefully we get to see it sling some pizzas.
Some New Threads For The Turtles
Sure, different color masks and unique weapons made it easy to tell the Turtles apart, but now we're seeing more of their personalities show with some new threads. This is where I might be in the minority, but I think the turtles have never looked better. We're talking about giant, talking, ninja turtles here so really, what would you expect them to look like? Each costume fits the personality of each Turtle to a tee. Everything from Donatello's goggles to Rafael's more tank like garb shows you what you'd expect from each member of the team.
The real question is, how will these translate to action figures. Right?
Tonight I Dine On Turtle Soup
Look, if we can get everything we've seen so far, plus a legitimate, menacing version of Shredder, this movie will have solved everything. We all know how the last movie went down but now with Brian Tee in the role, we're bound to get something we deserve.
There's also the fact that Brittany Ishibashi hasn't been seen yet and since she's been cast as Karai, might she step up more in this film?
Will we get a Shredder like the last film? Will he be a mix of everything we've seen before? Will we get a Technodrome? Only time will tell, but so far - I like what we're seeing.
Bebop & Rocksteady
Ladies and gentlemen, we've hit peak excitement and the movie isn't even out for a few more months. This is the moment fans have been waiting for ever since the duo of Bebop & Rocksteady first appeared on TV screens everywhere.
Played by Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Superstar Stephen "Sheamus" Farrely, arrive in the trailer in all their 80's glory. While they may have been bumbling fools in the cartoon, the two look absolutely monstrous in the trailer. Between their first appearance and the closing shot of Rocksteady driving a tank, these two are going to be a force to take the Turtles to Paintown.
So what do you think ComicBook.com readers, are you as hyped as we are for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows? Let us know in the comments below!