Unfortunately I am not the geek reporter capable of bringing you TMNT news with deep knowledge of the franchise and an investment in the fidelity Platinum Dunes maintains with the source material for their new live-action film. I just barely missed the boat on the turtles, and while they were certainly a big presence in my childhood pop culture, it was always the thing my slightly-older friends were into. So when Michael Bay lets it slip that the Turtles will be alien in origin this time around, I’ll have leave it to you to interpret the ridiculousness of that approach

“These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable. Kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist when we’re done with this movie.”

That’s Bay talking to a group at a Nickelodeon meeting, clarifying their approach to the film that Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) will direct. He’s obviously boiling things down to executive speech, but it’s still a significant tweak of the origin to say the turtle dudes are full-on aliens, especially with some sites claiming sources that confirm the turtles are fully inter-dimensional beings this time around.

It’s worth nothing that the gentleman at First Showing have their late-80s pop culture shit together, and were able to point out that the radioactive ooze from which the Turtles were created canonically comes from an alien base. Not only that, but it comes from the alien race that villain Krang belongs to, and the fleshy-pink evil brain-face is said to be making his big-screen debut as the baddie in this film.

So maybe Michael Bay really does have the geek’s number on this one? I’ll leave that to you guys to decide.


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