For the latest sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, filmmakers tapped into another fanbase, casting Arrow's Stephen Amell to play the turtles' human cohort Casey Jones.
Amell says that the film is in many ways Casey's origin story, a police officer whose clean-cut life changes when he meets the sewer-dwelling heroes. Amell had never read the comic books. "I'm a fan principally from the movies, actually," he says "The three movies that came out timed up nicely with me in elementary schools. And I actually remember going to three successive birthday parties where we would go see the Turtles movie and then we would just go home and eat cheese pizza until everyone was sick to their stomach! So when I booked the job, my wife, who was also a huge fan and had a turtles-themed birthday party, actually remembered Casey Jones much more than I did. I think she was more excited about this role than I was!"
But Amell threw himself into the role. "I just wanted to have fun. I wanted to bring an edge of humour, and not take myself too seriously," he says, laughing off comparisons with his action training for Arrow. "I wouldn't say this is a new skill set, but I would say that Casey's certainly a different type of fighter than I am on television. He has different skills. I wanted to make sure that, especially the first time we see Casey Jones, that he wasn't necessarily a super-polished fighter. He's more flying by the seat of his pants, which is a departure from what I'm used to."
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Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are back in full force and ready to protect their beloved home town of Manhattan, this time the brothers are equipped with their fully loaded Tartaruga wagon and nothing will stop them from fighting the bad guys they face, in their own words: "We're just four brothers who hate bullies and love this city."
Once again the team is joined by the feisty April O'Neil and this time the Turtles mission is bigger than ever. When a mad scientist by the name of Dr. Baxter Stockman, creates a new form of mutagen, chaos is released all over the city in part due Shredder's two new henchmen, Bebop & Rocksteady and a much bigger mechanical Alien invasion which will see the turtles step out of the shadows and take the spotlight to save their city.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows will be released 16 June 2016 and was once again directed by Dave Green.
The new film is highly predictable but high on action sequences
The modern trend of big budget blockbusters taking on comic book characters and explaining their origins visits the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is released in America on August 8th
Controversy has dogged the new film before it’s even opened, with the Australian promotional posters being recently removed by studio Paramount ahead of its September 11 opening date there due to the image similiarities to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But TMNT is coming to American cinemas imminently, and it will be up against the box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy for top spot.
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Some years ago, four baby turtles were discovered in a puddle of radioactive ooze in a sewer by a rat named Splinter. Adopting them as his own, he gave them the names of the four most influential Italian painters: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael, and the humanoid reptiles grew up learning the art of ninjitsu from their rodentine sensei. Defiant defenders of New York City, they must band together to fight against the merciless Foot Clan; a gang of vicious criminals led by city samurai The Shredder. Meanwhile, an aspiring reporter named April is following the turtles, but with no-one likely to believe her story the city residents have little hope left for peace in their crime ravaged home. Determined to restore humanity to the town, April joines the turtles in their fight - though not even Splinter is strong enough to take on their latest enemy.
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Megan Fox and Will Arnett shoot their new movie with some unusual training methods.
Megan Fox and Will Arnett looked to be getting some serious training on the set of the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie in Manhattan.
The actors were snapped earlier this week enjoying a particularly energetic filming session. Megan, who plays reporter April O'Neil in the new superhero flick, was dressed in super tight work out gear as personal trainer to the stars Harley Pasternak offered her advice on the proper techniques of trampolining. As the day wore on, it started getting pretty hot in New York's Gramercy Park and she was forced to retreat under a parasol for a break from the blistering sun. Will Arnett wasn't seen on a trampoline at all during the shoot, though that didn't stop him trying to pick up a few tips from the trainer as well.
'Transformers' actress Megan Fox is seen talking to the crew on the set of the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie in New York's Flatiron District. In the movie she will play the character April O'Neil.
Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are back in full force and ready to protect their...
Some years ago, four baby turtles were discovered in a puddle of radioactive ooze in...