The Future of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Franchise
Last summer of 2016, the sequel to the 2014 Ninja Turtles movie was released, with both movies produced by Michael Bay they really didn't see such great reviews, but the movies in the 90’s didn't either.
TMNT Out Of The Shadows was alright at best, we got to see more of the turtles fight the foot clan who were actual ninjas this time and other classic villains from the vintage cartoon. Tyler Perry, out of all people as Baxter Stockman was ok, and supposedly he will return in the 3rd film. From what I read…there won't be another movie, and I don't blame Paramount to some extent; that movie felt like it was just rushed at the time and they just shoved everything we wanted to see without going through a process. It was cool to see Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang & the Tecnodrome, but the disappointment of the movie was Shredder; he was dope as hell in the 2014 movie but in Out Of The Shadows he was there for nothing. Shredder breaks out of jail, get some cool new armor, makes a deal with Krang but that's it. In the 2014 film he had a crazy snow sequence that was better than most scenes in the sequel, and I don't even remember him fighting anyone. Compared to his role in 2014 he had a badass fight scene with Splinter and the Turtles. The only memorable scenes from the 2016 film were the Technodrome invasion at the end, the foot clan fights and the Knicks game scene at the beginning.
I don't even wanna speak on Casey Jones and April O'Neal but since I already have I'm going go say this, please find better actors in the future for those roles, it's clear as crystal that Megan Fox was April just off her looks, cause it damn sure wasn't for her acting. The films from the 90s were the best though, the first TMNT was dark and kind of appealed to teens and adults, Shredder was the best villain ever and the movie actually had some kind of story.
TMNT Secret Of The Ooze started right where the original left off, but it wasn't as dark as its predecessor because I guess the studio wanted kids to enjoy after complaints from the first movie, which is stupid because if you really go back to the history of Ninja Turtles, the comic book was dark, gritty and graphic to the core, the theme was like a Daredevil rip-off almost, and there would be blood and all kinds of shit in the comics, I have a few myself so I don't know how the general public could be mad at how the first movie was made when it stuck to some source material, nonetheless both movies are classics.
TMNT sparked 2 more sequels after Ooze, but I'm here to tell you now, I skip the 3rd film for numerous reasons, I really don't like it, but the 4th movie was good even though it was animated and I loved that rooftop fight scene in the rain between Raphael and Leonardo. So what does the future hold for TMNT? As far as movies, who knows? I'm sure we won't see a new 3rd movie in 2018, and between Paramount and especially Nickelodeon, we probably won't have a true gritty "Dark Knight style" film for awhile, but if they do decide to give it a shot, if wouldn't be a bad decision at all, they'll actually make more money than these 2 recent movies right now. I would like to see someone Frank Miller either write a script, direct a movie or possibly do both. Frank Miller has had his hands on a lot of projects and comics such as Daredevil, Batman's The Dark Knight Returns, 300 and Sin City etc. Frank Miller turned Sin City into a movie, which was his directorial debut I kind of see where he was going with the movie, but I really didn't like the style of it that much, it's alright to watch though. If Frank Miller can deliver a good script and have someone else direct it then that would also be interesting, a TMNT film written by Frank Miller and directed by John Wick 1 & 2, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch would be fire. David and Chad know their action and fight scenes so it shouldn't be problem to them to take on TMNT, especially since David Leitch was a 2nd unit director on the 2014 TMNT and Out Of The Shadows; they would know exactly what to do.
It isn't really that difficult to make a ninja turtle movie story wise, just have the Shredder try to take over New York with the Foot Clan, have the emotional bond between the turtles and Splinter, and of course you gotta have lots of pizza involved, as far as a new April, it would be cool to see someone like a Rosario Dawson to play April, at least she can act and have the chemistry on camera. I don't want to see this franchise go down the drain and we would have to wait another 10+ years for another movie, sure we got the cartoons, comics and old movies but it's always great to see new ideas and concepts float around and introduced to us, and with the news of the SNES getting a retro release this holiday there better 2 classic games installed on that system, TMNT Tournament Fighters and Turtles In Time, but going back to the movie route, the ball is in one huge court right now with the Paramount and Nickelodeon logos on it, Nickelodeon has done just ok since they bought all the rights in 2009 but they could do better, but since it's Nick and they cater to the kids, we'll probably never see a dark TMNT, that's why I kind of wish the rights were somewhere else, there's still time on the clock though, and we'll see how they'll handle the Ninja Turtle properties in the future.