For a film based on a children’s series, the images from the Michael Bay-produced take on the pizza-loving turtles are different from their cartoonish ’80s counterparts. The leaked pictures of the reptiles from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are not the first mock-up of the crime-fighters we’ve seen — the maquettes leaked just the other day — but are far and away the most revealing. In this iteration of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, reptilian features have gone the way of the dinosaurs and in its place are more humanized eyes, noses, and lips. We always knew pizza consumption could change the world, but this, we were not anticipating.
Acessorized with character-bolstering details, Nerdy Donatello has received the full on geek-cliche treatment, complete with taped-up glasses. Raphael the “bad boy” has an anti-hero glare akin to Walter White (with a little Horatio Caine thrown in for good measure), while Leonardo, “the responsible one,” is planted firmly at the bottom to hold everyone up with his hero’s gaze. And, of course, there’s the puka shell necklace adorning the neck of chillaxed broturtle Michelangelo. So really, there’s something for everyone here.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters on August 8, 2014. What do you think of the turtles’ new look?
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