If you've been following along with the TMNT-related matters on this site, then you know I'm doing my absolute best to keep an open mind until we get some official footage or a more detailed synopsis. Recent outcry over Megan Fox not wearing yellow in the first round of set photos images made me laugh considering she was clearly doing a fluff piece. It's really nitpicking at its finest. If that upsets you, fine, but to think that destroys the film? Come on. Then, the next set revealed she was indeed wearing a yellow coat, but then the same people complained it's not "the right one." If you're going to complain about something, make sure it's actually an important part of the franchise and can potentially destroy it. Her classic get-up (in both the comics and TV/films) just wouldn't work in the modern-era. Am I saying Fox is an awesome choice? No, in fact I'm not expecting much from the role and that's understandably upsetting for the true April fans out there. What I am saying is QQ over her jacket is wasted emotion to me. Anyway, moving on.
Now more pictures are being released and, unlike the Fox ones, these are far more important to me. They're our first look at pre-CGI Turtles and what appears to be the Foot clan. You know how I said I'm doing my best to keep an open mind? I am still am, but I'll understand if there's a negative response to these dudes -- if they are indeed Foot clan members. Based on their masks, it's safe to say this is the movieverse's version of Shredder's group, too. Check 'em out below and see if you can spot the large changes.
As you can see, they definitely look like special forces instead of traditional ninjas. That was a source of rage in the super old leaked script -- a script they've claimed is nothing like the final product. They're rocking kevlar and some appear to be holding assault rifles. Now, before you flip a table or break your keyboard, just remember this is only one scene. Before anyone goes off on a rant about how they've destroyed the Foot clan, let's be rational and wait for the facts. Could it be the Turtles already wrecked them in melee combat and they realized they need to upgrade their weaponry to bring them in? And you know what: even if this is what the Foot Clan are like for the entire film (shadowy special forces), it's not worth getting upset over. Why, you ask? Because you still have the IDW comics. You still have the TV show. And you still have the original comics, shows, and movies. If a trailer hits and you're outraged by the changes, then just don't see it. You don't even need to recognize this film exists. It's really that simple.
While this does have me slightly concerned, I'm still doing my best to keep a level head and wait until we get more and more. Because at the end of the day, I accept that this isn't going to be just like the source material -- just like the cartoon most of us fell in love with wasn't like the Mirage comics. I don't expect this movie to be "good," but I am praying for some solid popcorn entertainment. What about you, Viners?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out June 6, 2014 and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.
Source: Zimbio, ComicBookMovie
*Thanks to @X_SOLDIER for sending this my way.