With “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” ready to make its return to the big screen, fans and newcomers are being introduced to a new take on the 30-year-old story. With a brand new canvas to paint on, the possibilities are limitless.
Still, the core remains in tact as the turtles and April O’Neil face their old nemesis The Shredder and his Foot Clan. With such a rich history to draw from though, it’s only natural to think about what other character fit into the franchise’s future. After all, Marvel has built out their cinematic universe and DC is following suit after announcing nine movies that will follow “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
While “Ninja Turtles” may not have quite the depth of the DC or Marvel worlds, there are definitely more than enough fan-favorite names to throw into the mix. It just so happens producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are thinking about them.
Speaking to Zap2it at the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” press junket, Form says, “For this movie, these were the characters we used. If the audiences love this movie and we’re lucky enough to do another one, there’s so many characters we’d love to bring in.” Which characters, you might wonder? He shares some possibilities, adding, “I mean, Casey Jones. I love Bebop and Rocksteady, I think they’d be unbelievable foes for the turtles. It’d be a lot of fun. And there’s always talk about Krang.”
As for the decision to include Vernon Fenwick, a character created specifically for the 1987 cartoon series, in the movie, that was “Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman’s idea. Fuller remembers, “We were like, ‘We’re thinking about what male character we’re putting into this movie. There’s always Casey Jones, but is there someone else?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, there’s Vern Fenwick, April’s cameraman.'”
Eastman was heavily involved in the movie, right from the beginning. “Everything was run by Kevin. He came to the set, he was involved all the way through until post,” Fuller explains, before Form jumps in. “He was our Splinter!”
Director Jonathan Liebesman can attest to that fact. “I remember when I joined the team, I went to [the writers’] office and literally Eastman was camped out,” he says. “I remember for the first few months he was there every day and we would talk to him. We’d ask him a question and he’d be like, ‘Yes, because in issue four that’s where you first see TCRI so it makes sense.'”
“That’s why it makes me extra pleased that the fans seem to like the film,” Liebesman says. “Because so much respect was given to the them.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is in theaters Aug. 8.