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TMNT- Michael Bay Destroys World’s With His Cast

TMNT is the new film that Michael Bay will bring  to our screens with his unique brand of madness. With his  kind of respect for the mythos and legacy of  characters what are we, the fans, going to do. If you don’t fully understand the weight of the situation let me tell you a story.

In The Beginning.

This is character development in a Bay film.
This is character development in a Bay film.

The year was 1995, the film was ‘Bad Boys’ and it rocked at the cinema. Why did it rock? This was due to the utter stupidity people allowed themselves to feel for that film. It was complete nonsense, the jokes were poor, the action over the top and the acting, well the less said about that the better. People enjoyed it though and I was one of them. Michael Bay had figured out a way to tap into the area of the brain where we don’t care about plot, character development or genuine humour. Instead we loved his big explosions, his seemingly endless supply of half naked cardboard cut-out women and his unending torrent of, “Holy shit, did that just happen man!”.

Loud explosions, Megan Fox and robots.

 

She is April O'Neil.
She is April O’Neil.

2007 came along and we were shown ‘Transformers’. Again I enjoyed it and again our minds were tricked into thinking we were treated to a respectful treatment of our childhood heroes, but like those autobots and decepticons, there was more than meets the eyes. Substance wise there was no more but superficially, forget about it. The amount of explosions and shots of Megan Foxes ass that took the focus from what should have been the main characters of the piece, the ‘Transformers’.

 

The supporting cast of the 'Transformers' film.
The supporting cast of the ‘Transformers’ film.

I now get to the point, it is not the fact that there are a ton of explosions and over the top action that weighs down Transformers, actually it’s one of the highlights. What weighs it down is the fact that the original human characters are put in the focus instead of fully fleshed out characters that we have grown up with and loved. Characters like Bumblebee were relegated to Jar Jar Bink style fools who were given bit parts and ridiculous lines. Look at Jazz, one of the most iconic and loved Transformers and what happened to him, he was given literally four sentences and after one piece of dialogue with Megatron he was ripped in two. When this happened two things went through my mind, “Holy shit they killed Jazz really quickly!!!” and immediately after that, “Wait a minute he’s a transformer, a robot, they can easily rebuild his other half…..”.

My main problem is that the Transformers themselves were shown as an event in these human characters lives. It was all about how these characters reacted to alien robots showing up on their planet. This was a terrible decision, what should have been shown was how the autobots and even the decepticons dealt with the destruction of their home world and their way of life. Give the decepticons a genuine reason to start a war, give the autobots some genuine pain and anguish for losing their families and their home.

Hey, Michael leave those kids alone.

This was all to help you guys understand what I really wanted to explain to you, I have laid the foundations and now I can build on it. Michael Bay has decided to grab yet another childhood franchise that we all love. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a great bunch of lads who have the banter and eat pizza, while being ninjas.

Once again Bay decided that he wanted to reboot a much beloved series and once again he decided that it was about aliens. Even though the turtles are not aliens, yes their origin is alien but they themselves are just turtles. Don’t turn them into carbon copies of the Transformers. Things were going along relatively smoothly, Bay wasn’t actually directing, he was producing so his input was minimal. Well that’s what we all thought. The news came a few days ago, news that broke my heart, there were many casting rumours about April O Neil, the only real non ninja human in the supporting cast of the Turtles history.

 

 

No really, she is.
No really, she is.

Then came some very scary rumours, Megan Fox, Megan ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Fox was cast in the Turtles film. Who is she likely to play? Not April, please not April, unfortunately the Turtles do not have many other female human characters unless you count Korai, but since I can’t imagine Megan Fox as Shredders asian ass kicking prodigy there may only be one option left. An original character to the series, because original characters created in an already established universe always work out well.

 

shredder tmnt
This is the turtles arch enemy ‘Shredder’, the casting could not be more removed from who the character is.

If Bay decides to go the same route with the Turtles as he did with the Transformers we could see another massive event happening to an unusually attractive April O Neil. Who, during her run of the mill, single white female life, bumps into a motley crew of teenage mutant punks who happen to be aliens, her life will never be the same again. God this is going to suck. Between the castings and the various tidbits of news, nothing has really excited the fandom except for Will Arnetts casting as Vernon Fenwick. I will tell you right now, as a die hard fan of the heroes in a half shell I am deeply distressed that this is the news that excites the masses. No offense to Will Arnett but this should not be the breaking news out of the ‘TMNT’ camp. How do you feel about this? Do you think Bays production team are up to the challenge/ Am I being too harsh to a man who has given us a lot of bang for our buck? Answer in the comments below.

 

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - May 9, 2013
Three out of the four lads sighted in New York.

 

Are you looking forward to Michael Bay’s take on TMNT?

The Author

Graham Day

Graham Day

I am a geek first and foremost. I love animation, film and comics. I live in Dublin, Ireland and love it. I have met so many amazing people over the years, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder to name but a few. I love to sketch, write and talk about geek news. I went to college for five years, three years animation and two years communication and media. All opinions are my own so I hope they're witty and original, I'm fairly certain they're not.

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