Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot “easily the best yet”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman defends the movie reboot, in cinemas from 16 May 2014.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nickelodeon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in their new Nickelodeon animated series

Michael Bay’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – which controversially makes them aliens, to the distress of fanboys everywhere – looked like it was in trouble, with the release date pushed back from December 2013 to 16 May 2014, but comic-book co-creator Kevin Eastman doesn’t think the blood is in the water for the franchise.

“A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May,” said Eastman at San Diego Comic Con, “but the 30th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in May, so it worked out perfectly.”

As for the content of the movie itself, Eastman is positive, saying, “From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie yet. We’re talking Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sort of effects.”

Responding to the ‘raping my childhood’ type comments from fans angry at the aforementioned changes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canon, Eastman replied “I grew up reading Captain America and The Avengers and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic-book history, since Avengers has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed?

“Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.”