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Fans of the hit comic book/cartoon/movie series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" just about had a collective coronary yesterday when director Michael Bay announced that he was working on a new version of the story that would recast the four crimefighting heroes as aliens. WTF, said the planet Earth.
But don't worry, because Bay has heard your concerns and complaints — and after careful consideration of your feelings and a thorough review of the situation, he has posted a new message on his official forums asking you to please chill out.
Okay, so he didn't quite put it like that, but the message is still clear: He's Michael Bay and you kind of aren't, so there's a pretty good chance he knows more about making movies than you do. Here's his official statement on the tempest-in-a-halfshell:
"Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."
Sure, that sounds reasonable. But then, when you're dealing with a group of baby turtles who were mutated by radioactive goo and then trained by a hyper-intelligent ratman to become heroic ninjas, well, let's just say reason doesn't enter into the equation. Which explains why fans took to every available media outlet yesterday to voice their outrage after Bay dropped the alien bombshell during a media event at Nickelodeon.
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when [we] are done with this movie," Bay said. "These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
So will fans listen to reason and wait until Bay's movie is actually done to pass judgment on the new origin? Or will pro-mutant xenophobia continue to engulf the world? Grab some pizza and settle in, because we have a feeling you're all in for a cowabumpy ride.