No summer blockbuster coming out this season is stirring as much controversy among fanboys as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As soon as the very first trailer for the film hit the Internet, 80s kids from around the globe took to the World Wide Web to rail, rant, and rave about the new adaptation being produced by Michael Bay. While many of the wildly obscene comments left on the YouTube trailer focused around the oddly humanoid faces of the ninja turtles, others were disappointed about not getting a first look at Master Splinter, the mutated rat who taught the heroes in a half shell the art of the ninjutsu.
Well, the wait is finally over, as a new trailer that debuted on MTV Sunday night gave viewers a glimpse at what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rat sensei is going to look like in the film. Splinter only appears for a couple of seconds in the new TV spot, and audiences only get a shot of him from the back, but from what is visible, he appears to look like a true ninja master, as he deftly handles a katana sword, preparing to open up a can on main baddie Shredder.
The new trailer not only contained the first look at Splinter, but also featured some new action shots of the ninja turtles themselves laying the hurt on some of Shredder’s henchmen. Most of the new footage featured Raphael smacking around a few bad guys, with an awesome shot of Donatello taking care of business on his trademark skateboard. While the added material of the ninja turtles is short, it provides a glimpse at how the heroes interact with their environment and continues to build up anticipation for the film’s action sequences.
So far it seems that fans of the franchise are responding positively to the first glimpse of Splinter, bringing some of the more skeptical members of the fan base some solace. The response to everyone’s favorite ninja rat master has been much more favorable than when the world got a look at the design for the turtles. Still, many are starting to speculate what Splinter’s origin will be, as the first trailer has Shredder mentioning that he, along with April O’Neil’s father, created the turtles. Could this mean that Splinter is actually April’s dad?
The trailer also featured some great dialogue from Splinter, which indicates that a big theme of the film is going to be the familial connection between the four ninja turtles. Splinter tells his “sons” that they live, die, and fight together, as nothing is as strong as family. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a great example of team cooperation. Each brother has a different personality, fighting style, and skill set they bring to the table. Sometimes their differences cause strife and fighting, but when they learn to lean on each other, they see clearly that they complement one another with their strengths and weaknesses.
The movie is sure to make a good sum of money at the box office, but fans are still up in the air about whether the film will live up to their expectations. Moviegoers need to keep in mind that there have been many different incarnations of the ninja turtles over the years, and this version is aimed at a different generation than the original series. The first look audiences have been given of Splinter in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer seems promising for a solid action movie this August.
By Michael Cantrell