Keep a tight grip on your pizza orders, ladies and gentlemen — the heroes in a half-shell are back, and they’re hungrier than ever.
The first official teaser trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has arrived online, giving fans their first look at what producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have done with their interpretation of the “TMNT” mythos. No Vanilla Ice in sight this time, but hey, it’s early days yet.
The new “Ninja Turtles” movie takes place in New York City, ravaged by crime and commanded by the iron-fisted rule of the sinister Shredder and his equally evil Foot Clan. Shredder’s influence extends to the police and politicians of the town, creating what appears to be an unstoppable network of terror. “Appears” being the key word here, because Shredder and his soldiers haven’t accounted for four heroes — giant, mutated, pizza-eating, hard-partying heroes, sure, but heroes all the same.
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool (but rude) and Michelangelo is a party dude — at least, that’s what we were led to believe once upon a time. It seems like many of those traits remain intact with the new vision of “Ninja Turtles,” but we’ll need a longer trailer focused on the individual Turtles to see how much the full film honors those classic characteristics.
At least one aspect from earlier “TMNT” incarnations has carried over to the new film: April O’Neil. The fearless reporter is played in Liebesman’s “Ninja Turtles” by Michael Bay veteran Megan Fox. As a bonus, she’s joined by “Arrested Development” alum Will Arnett as quippy cameraman Vern Fenwick.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” parties in theaters on August 8.