‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Trailer Clears Up The Alien Question

Because that would be stupid.

For fans of the ’80s cartoon, the new trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” should bare more of a resemblance to the phenomenon than any previous look at the film. There’s banter, April O’Neil’s yellow jacket, and Shredder.

There is still, however, a shocking lack of pizza.

The preview debuted after fans unlocked a series of character posters, giving them their best look yet at the reimagined versions of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, who were also featured much more prominently in the new trailer than previous ones.

The story this time around introduces a new generation to the turtles — and they’re definitely turtles, for any fans still worried about rumors of a new, alien origin. There’s even a knowing exchange in the trailer, seemingly addressing those concerns.

“So they’re aliens?” asks Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick. “No,” April says. “That’s stupid.”

I see what you did there, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

There’s also an interesting twist included in the spot. It appears that William Fichtner, who is credited at “The Shredder,” might not be the guy in the suit, at least early on in an attack that leaves Master Splinter in need of avenging. Is the rat sensei in danger of dying? That would certainly shake things up in the series.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opens in theaters on August 8.

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