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The upcoming reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay has been creating larger-than-average controversy online ever since it was announced. It seems that no matter what is released about this movie, the internet jumps on it and crucifies it to oblivion. It is absolutely ridiculous. And the complaints are incredibly widespread having seen them on various talkback forums on sites such as Superhero Hype, Bleeding Cool, and Ain’t It Cool News.
Here is my question: why? Were the Ninja Turtles that much of a sacred cow that any reboot was going to be met with distain? Is it a case of Michael Bay hating? I have seen people irritated that the movie is nothing like the original ‘80s cartoon (completely forgetting the Turtles originated in a comic book years before). Then, others are upset that it seems like it will be too much like the cartoon. You cannot have it both ways.
The latest “controversy” is that William Fichtner was revealed to be cast as the Turtles memorable villain the Shredder. Talking to Screen Rant, he had this to say:
“I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs [Sounds like Sachs? Hard to understand] in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence.”
Of course, this deviates from the source material by Americanizing the villain. And, of course, the internet lost its collective shit over it. Who the hell cares? After doing some light Wikipedia research, I found that the Shredder character has had so many interpretations in the different adaptations of the Ninja Turtles that there really is not only one way for this character to be done (besides, wouldn’t the most iconic version of the character be the bumbling buffoon version from the ‘80s cartoon? Is that the version people want?).
If anything, based on the quote, it sounds like this “Eric Sachs” character will be going through some sort of changes throughout the film. Perhaps he will evolved into the Shredder everyone knows and loves.
Plus, it is William Fichtner. He can do whatever the fuck he wants.
I dwell on this to illustrate a point. The movie is not out yet. We, as an audience, know nothing about it other than some broad strokes. And, if they make changes, big or small, who cares? The Ninja Turtles have gone through so many interpretations over time that this film is entitled to muck around to give their own spin for modern audiences.
As I referenced above, I believe a lot of this has to do with Michael Bay hate. I cannot help, but think that if someone like Christopher Nolan, Joss Whedon, or whoever else the internet still has a collective boner for was making this film, people online would fall over themselves saying how great it all looks. Maybe I am being too cynical with that last statement, but it is just so over-the-top how media outlets are highlighting the fact this is a Michael Bay film even though he isn’t directing the movie – you’d be surprised how much of a difference that makes (after all, how much Spielberg was in the Transformers films?).
Yeah, this upcoming Ninja Turtle movie is making some bold moves. Personally, I am really interested to see how it turns out. The Ninja Turtles were a part of my childhood, but I so do not care if they make changes to suit the story they are telling. So many adaptations today such as the Marvel movies, the Dark Knight Trilogy, and the recent Man of Steel had some radical departures from the source material and those were accepted pretty readily by fans. I see no reason why this won’t be either.
And, if the film turns out to be a fun, enjoyable romp, I suspect there will be a huge reverse/denial in people saying they ever bashed the film to begin with.