New TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trailer and Posters Bring the Dubstep to Introduce Shredder

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer as well as a collection of character posters for director Jonathan Liebesman’s adaptation of the popular property.  In the new live-action iteration, a city is in the iron grip of Shredder (William Fichtner) and the Foot Clan, and it’s up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with the help of reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), to stop Shredder and save the day.  There’s a bit of a disconnect in the trailer in that, aesthetically, the film looks like Transformers, but the tone seems geared towards a younger, less serious audience.  Even Shredder, which we get a good look at here, just looks like a modified Transformer.  I think more colorful/goofy is the way to go with this franchise (you can’t make a “gritty” TMNT without it coming off as ridiculous), but I still can’t tell who this movie is aimed at.  And then there’s the dubstep.

Hit the jump to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer and posters.  The film also features the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony ShalhoubTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8th.


Here’s the official synopsis for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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  • Sweet Pea

    Those noses are really off putting. So unnecessary and weird. Leonardo looks like he has a real schnozz on him there…

  • fechu1922

    raph looks fucking awsome. Good thing he’s not wearing the sunglasses

  • TigerFIST

    Looks great now. Rachael looks toooo sole though

  • saturday_night_hype

    Johnny Knoxville voice for no reason, Shredder is some goon Fitchner hires to wear the armor, dubstep, Whoopi Goldberg. If disappointment were coffee, I’d be set for the morning.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Same Michael Bay noise as Transformers, just with a CGI turtle ogres subbed in for CGI robots. Only makes appreciation for the 90s original run deeper.

    • Turtle

      If Michael Bay’s name was off this, no one would be the wiser. But all the hipsters jump on the “Bay-hating bandwagon” because it’s easier than actually critiquing the trailer.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Critiquing the trailer is too easy:

        It wants to cash-in on the self-aware brand of comedy but fails, with Mikey’s “We’ll find you” joke falling flat. In another example of this, at the end of the trailer, we get April attempting to wink at the audience knowing just how ridiculous humanoid turtles with ninja skills are, but again, it’s just awkward and like the writing is trying too hard to win over an audience I’m not sure exists (they don’t need to sell kids who’ll eat it up, adults already accept it as a goofy concept, so it’s as if they’re trying to appeal to hipsters – who would’ve grown up with the turtles anyways and don’t need the pandering).

        The pointless Shredder remodel into some sort of blade shooting robo-samurai is one of the most pointless and unoriginal ideas this reboot has to offer. So why’d they do it?

        Oh, that’s right, it’s because they decided to modify Ninja Turtles into Ninja Shrek with Shells that seem to dwarf humans in size and thus they had to beef up Shredder. Okay, then why not make Shredder some Bane-like character who’s just massive and has a spiky outfit? Because you wouldn’t need CGI for that, and that’s no fun (apparently practical effects are dumb now). So instead, we’ll make him a robot who can shoot spikes and have them return to him on a whim, because screw it, he’s a robot.

        There’s about 5 more paragraphs to be had, but I think that’s enough.

      • Josh King

        Hahah ninja shrek! And I totally agree with you

      • mattinacan

        no this looks like a crap transformers movie, it has Bay’s stink written all over it

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Not bad. W the exception to the oversized Shredder I liked it. Watched the original this past weekend on ABC Family and thought it was fun but def dated. The CGI looks fine to me. Hopefully they found a way to make this fun w out going over the top all Michael Bay style as he’s not directing it.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Bring on the action baby

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    I’ma watch that, fo sho.

  • Josh Harding

    I’m sorry, but I love Megan Fox. Her delivery of the line “They’re ninjas.” had me bursting out laughing. The movie honestly looks like there’s a tiny sliver of potential with the funny personalities of the Turtles, but knowing the track record of the crew behind the film, I’m sure they won’t capitalize on it….What a shame. Also, this trailer spoils a huge plot beat (relating to Splinter) and doesn’t even seem to care. And hasn’t The Wolverine taught anyone in Hollywood about how bad an idea it is to have a robot samurai as your main villain? Ok, I’m done ranting.

    • DEADP00L

      I don’t think Megan Fox was trying to be funny… that’s the sad aspect of this whole thing. It’s so cringeworthy that all one can do is laugh at her and at the entire thing.

      • Josh Harding

        I couldn’t agree more. I love her because of how ridiculous her delivery can be, which can sometimes make a bad movie more entertaining to watch at least if she’s in it. In my opinion, all of Jennifer’s Body is proof of this.

      • DEADP00L

        God that was a lousy movie. And Megan Fox is telling people THIS movie is her biggest gig and her serious role – I cannot believe how deluded she is. She is NEVER going to be taken seriously and really shouldn’t have signed on.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Pretty sure it’s penance to show Michael Bay she still wants a career after badmouthing transformers.

      • DEADP00L

        Yeah I kinda lost respect for her for doing that. I thought she was ballsy for biting the hand that fed her but then this retrace was sort of shady and low if not degrading.

      • Turtle

        April was always annoying as hell, bordering a valley girl. How is the casting of Megan Fox doing the character an injustice?

      • Cody

        I hate to burst your hate on fox bubbles. But I’ve seen a rough cut of the film and Megan’s delivery of that line in the version I saw was very different. What I saw, she played it much more funny, in a Emma Stone way, compressing a smile and trying to keep a straight face, which is also what the parenthetical said in the script. Don’t know why they changed it to be all serious.

      • DEADP00L

        April O’neal is only the only female heroine in the entire TMNT. She’s literally an icon in her own right and was portrayed quite gracefully by the previous actress of the 90′s film. Megan Fox has cheapened an otherwise brilliant character. The character has short to medium NATURAL red hair, is 5’10, has a Weaver Ripley rugged edge to her – plus actual intelligence. She wasn’t a sexbot and she didnt look like a porn star, she didnt spew one liners and she wasn’t a poor mans cheap bottle redhead. Megan Fox is the worst choice aside from Lindsey Lohan to play April O’Neal.

  • Sal

    Wow. Super bad. Godawful. Really stupid for adults too creepy for children.

  • DEADP00L

    Oh Gods have mercy that was sooooo baaad. Those lines, that dialogue….oh Gods it hurts so much…

    Make it stop….mercy please…

    NOOOOOO!!! What have they done to Shredder!!!!!!

    …I now know what the TF fanboys meant when they said they felt violated.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Have you watched the 90′s show? Or the films that followed?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, and they at least look like turtles in those (okay, less so in movie III), whereas here they’re Shreks with shells. They got shellshrekked, dude.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Agreed that their faces are a little… wierd I guess… but I do like that they are using Japanese battle armor like samurai. Still bummed that they didn’t cast Ken Watanabe as Shredder. The one thing I loved about the 90′s film was Shredder as he was pretty frighting for a kids movie.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Based on that “we’re upgrading your armor” line and keeping that figure shadowed, I’m starting to give a bit more credence to the Krang is Shredder rumor. I think the 90s version of Shredder worked so well because they gave him a backstory from the perspective of a pet rat that immediately sets Orokusaki as this big horrible character. They established a pretty healthy past for the villain with very little work.

      • DEADP00L

        Not to mention he was far less Ironmanish ‘ upgrade your armor’ …that was when I knew shredder was not going to be shredder.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, if I remember correctly, in the 90s version, it’s like a filmy pinkish/purple material with metal sewn on? But it’s so minimalist that when you actually see him do some gymnastic turtle takedowns, you kind of think – oh, okay, I get why he didn’t bulk up on inflexible pads.

      • DEADP00L

        He had spikes on his shoulders, knuckle spikes that weren’t outlandish or Edward scissorhandish, face plate helmet and purplish Kevlar. Which was not THIS level of outlandishly overkill and ridiculous. The cartoon version of him was even more minimal and far more ninja like.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Ninja-like except for the cape. That was just stereotypical cartoonish villainy. And the helmet in the movie, it was practical and actually Samurai-ish, in that he could take off the face plate and show his face (and then somehow recognize that his rival’s pet rat had turned into super rat, but whatevs – still better).

      • DEADP00L

        Good stuff all in all but it looks like we’re not getting any of that stuff here. It’s just going to bomb and frankly it deserves to. Which I never imagined I’d ever say for a movie like this.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yup, five years ago, if you’d have told me we were getting another live-action TMNT movie, I’d have been thrilled. Way to kill that, Bay/Liebesman.

      • DEADP00L

        True. The best we can hope for is a reboot with an inde director like how Godzilla was treated. In fact as irrational as it is I’m already looking forward to that reboot because it is so obvious that it’s going to happen. This movie is going to be that movie you learn what not to do with TMNT and it’ll disappear from the continuity of TMNT lore the way it should.

      • Grendal Sven

        You must be watching a different trailer from the one I saw, you sure you didn’t click on a link for Shrek by mistake?

    • Grendal Sven

      Really, we are arguing semantics about an 80′s kids tv show adaption made by Nickelodeon? Spoiler alert, there might be a talking brain, and a walking-talking Rhino and Warthog in there somewhere too.

      • DEADP00L

        I dont mind any of those things I mind that they couldn’t get Shredder and the footclan to be what they were. He is now a doppleganger for edwardscissor hands on steriods in an Iron man cheese grater suit.

  • DjangoBro

    Laugh-a-fucking-ble.

  • Victor

    I did not like this Shredder. What is about in robotic samurais that Hollywood is loving so much now?? He look like a samurai when the truth is that he is a ninja.

  • Harry

    Calm down about the dubstep, guys. It was Reptile by Skrillex, clearly just used for the “Reptile” aspect.

  • gar216

    Hoping that it was just the stream on my phone, but the turtles voices and mouths were off. Michelangelo is spot on but Leo and Knoxville aren’t a perfect match. Becoming less of a fan of Shredder after seeing this, but Splinter looks great.

  • jk

    Did the Shredder’s blades fly away and return to him in that trailer?

    • ItsNotaSchooner

      Yes, I believe they did. Kind of awesome!

  • Drake

    People seem to forget that any sort of dignity this series had was lost with TMNT 2 & 3. It’s not like this can be any worse than those movies. Lets not kid ourselves…

    • zarxic

      But isn’t the goal to make a better movie? Take this great source material and actually make a good film? Of course those movies are bad and very dated at this point, but I think TMNT needs a simpler, less busy feel to it.

    • zarxic

      But isn’t the goal to make a better movie? Take this great source material and actually make a good film? Of course those movies are bad and very dated at this point, but I think TMNT needs a simpler, less busy feel to it.

      • Farrell

        No. According to him, if something is bad, no reason to try and make it better.

      • Farrell

        No. According to him, if something is bad, no reason to try and make it better.

      • Drake

        No, I’m just tired of people crying foul over a movie that is based off of some pretty crappy source material…

      • DEADP00L

        what would be good source material to you for a science fiction?

      • Drake

        Well, to get the obvious biggies out of the way, Star Wars and Star Trek. But also Jurassic Park, Cowboy Bebop, the Ender series, freakin Firefly … the fact that no one will give Whedon a third of the TMNT budget to make a Serenity sequel is soul crushing to me…

      • Grendal Sven

        Oooh boy, another Firefly fan boy. Hey I loved that show too, it’s dead, move on.

      • Grendal Sven

        Adapted from the true source material the movie would come out looking something like The 300, or Sin City.

  • ItsNotaSchooner

    I’m really kinda diggin this trailer. It’s got great humor in it, which is a must for the Turtles, cuz they’re usually goofing around with each other and they make being ninjas look fun. Shredder is crazy cool looking. I like the “go big or go home” attitude on display here. I have faith this can be a fun time at the movies and more than anything, it’s great to see the Turtles back in action!

    • Grendal Sven

      Thank you, idiots arguing semantics about a bunch of walking, talking, ninja fighting mutant turtles. Get over it already, so these guys hate Bay, SO DO I!

      Guess what, he didn’t direct or write this movie.

  • T_Toughnuts

    Wow…what…garbage.

  • fubeca

    You had me until Whoopi!

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      That’s what she said.

  • JMD

    RoboShredder? And I could do without the whomp whomp….never again

  • JMD

    RoboShredder? And I could do without the whomp whomp….never again

  • JMD

    RoboShredder? And I could do without the whomp whomp….never again

  • Chris

    Character: “So they’re aliens?”

    April: “No, that’s stupid”

    Ha! Michael Bay Went Meta!!!

    (looks awful)

  • Chris

    Character: “So they’re aliens?”

    April: “No, that’s stupid”

    Ha! Michael Bay Went Meta!!!

    (looks awful)

  • Steven Fox

    Looks worse with every new trailer. Just not what I wanted to see.

  • Wolf

    Knoxville is so unnecessary, he doesn’t match any of the other turtles voices, he sounds like an older cousin turtle from the south. Unnecessary to hire a 40 year old for the voice of a teenager. That was my only complaint, the others, including Shalhoub were good.

  • God’s Diamond

    I’m a little happier that shredder seems to be oroku saki and not fichtner. I like Fichtner but not as Shredder.

  • Marissa Evans

    Designs aren’t my favourite of all that I’ve seen (and there are a LOT), but it does look like fun on the whole. I never thought Michael Bay was the worst choice to direct as the concept is already ridiculous and over-the-top (though I don’t disparage the potential for depth that the comics and a few other versions have explored). So I’m excited! If people don’t like this one, there’s a whole vault-full of versions people can choose from.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Bay isn’t directing. Jonathan Liebesman is, you know, the visionary director who brought us Wrath of the Titans, Darkness Falls, and Battle Los Angeles.

      • Mezmero

        Another case of misinformation your numbers have dropped again better just
        Posers make me sick SMFH

      • Grendal Sven

        Thank you Lex, produced by Bay, not directed by.

  • Mezmero

    Really this what you fan boys are mad about? The best of both worlds LMMFAO! Ijust came here to brag like I said because if your a true fan you would have not bitched. But you did now watch your fanboy dreams crumble……well I will call you”Bay Haters” as much as It I don’t want to do that. You all are just fake ass TMNT fans. LMMFAO!! Respond all you want I will on reply if it’s good enough.

  • pk

    both the transformers and ninja turtle franchises should be rebooted with phil lord and chris miller at the helm. At least they will do justice to the original source material

    • Mezmero

      Just STFU

      • Pk

        Why don’t you bow me asshole?

    • Grendal Sven

      The old cartoon didn’t even do justice to the source material, go pic up an original TMNT comic and see for yourself.

      • Pk

        Who said anything about the old cartoon series? I’m sure if miler and lord were tasked to direct they will be faithful to the comics

  • Grendal Sven

    This trailer makes the movie look great, seriously, I just had a nerdgazm!

    • DEADP00L

      That’s because you already made up your mind while the rest of us have yet to be convinced it’s even worth thinking of anymore.

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  • Grendal Sven

    Didn’t sound like hoodlums to me, let me watch that awesome trailer again…
    Nope, I heard them trying to sound like hoodlums in one scene, the only one that even sounds remotely hoodlem like is Mikey, which is an improvement over surfer dude Mikey.

  • DEADP00L

    ‘Yeah now DATS what Im tolkin about! This is OUR TURF! Time to save ma brothers’

    Surfers are what gave the turtles their charm.

    COWABUNGA DUDE!!

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