Spotted! Part 11: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

Rated NR: This film is currently unrated.

Genre/s: Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction, Superhero, Ninja

This film is to be released on June 3, 2016 (US Release Date, Available For Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Paramount Studios and Nickelodeon Studios

Writers: André Nemec and Josh Applebaum

Directors: Dave Green

  • Megan Fox as April O' Neil
  • Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick
  • Stephen Amell as Casey Jones
  • William Fichtner as Eric Sacks
  • Brian Tee as The Shredder
  • Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman
  • Johnny Knoxville (Voice) and Pete Ploszek (Motion-Capture) as Leonardo
  • Noel Fisher as Michelangelo
  • Alan Ritchson as Raphael
  • Jeremy Howard as Donatello
  • Tony Shalhoub (Voice) and Danny Woodburn (Motion-Capture) as Splinter
  • Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop
  • Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly as Rocksteady
  • Fred Armisen as Krang
Booyakasha! Kids and fans of the classic comicbooks and animated shows, especially those who are watching the new and improved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Nickelodeon would be more than familiar with that catchphrase. As you might have heard, the Heroes in a Half-Shell will be bringing back their turtle-power back to the big screen in a second-round for their rebooted film series. The last one, which we reviewed, was initially okay at best, but after giving some thought about it, it was unbelievably cliched and the story is more than inspired. Hopefully, now that they have the star of Arrow in their cast, they can improve and live-up to the potential of the Teenage Mutant legacy. For our eleventh Spotted! post, here is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.


What is the movie about?

Time has passed since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which comprise of Leonardo, played by Knoxville (Walking Tall) and Ploszek (Teen Wolf), Michelangelo, played by Fisher (Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem), Raphael, played by Ritchson (The Wedding Ringer), and Donatello, played by Howard (Breaking Bad), freed New York City from the control of the Foot Clan. During this time as well, they also discover that Master Splinter, played by Shalhoub (The Man Who Wasn't There) and Woodburn (Seinfeld) is alive and well.

In just a few short months, however, peace has been disrupted again when an alien force known as the Krang, voiced by Armisen (Saturday Night Live) invades Earth, and is keen on world domination, as what every other alien threat would want in a movie, and a revived Shredder, played by Tee (The Wolverine), takes advantage of the chaos to amass an army to build an empire. To do that, Shredder seeks the assistance of scientist Baxter Stockman, played by Perry (Gone Girl), to transform two of his lackeys, Bebop, played by Anthony Williams (Whose Line Is It Anyway), and Rocksteady, played by Farrelly (WWE) into mutants. The TMNT must now join forces with their friends April 'O Neil, played by Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Vernon Fenwick, played by Arnett (The Lego Movie), and newcomer vigilante Casey Jones, played by Amell (Arrow) to prevent the Shredder's evil plans.

Spotted! Hidden Surprises and Trivia (Spoiler Alert!)

1. It's Raining Aliens - At the very beginning of the first trailer, we get to see glimpses of the nefarious aliens known as the Krang. Although you only saw the ships, they are actually pink and slimy beings with many tentacles, and they are very small. They make use of various pieces of technology to move around or fight back, because their physical features limit them from any other movement. The question is, what could their appearance in the movie mean for the Turtles? In the original animated series, the Shredder forged an alliance with the Krang to eliminate the Turtles for good. Their partnership eventually paved the way for the construction of a doomsday weapon known as the Technodrome. The Technodrome is a large mobile base built from the Krang's technology, which can also act like a tank. With Krang and Shredder both appearing, would we see them forging an alliance and bringing the Technodrome to the big screen?

For more information on the Krang, click here and on the Technodrome, click here.

2. The Secret of the Ooze - The purple ooze that was used by Baxter Stockman to mutate Bebop and Rocksteady, and what the Turtles used to see if they can become humans, has some connection with the Turtles origins. If you would recall from from the first movie, the Turtles were part of Project: Renaissance, with the intention to create a cure for all diseases. it wasn't elaborated though what was used to mutate them, nor the name of the company April's father worked for. In the comics and all preceding animated shows, the ooze was responsible for mutating the Turtles and Splinter. The ooze, like what was seen in the movie, was also of Krang origin, and it was provided by Krang's front Earth company TCRI, or the Techno Cosmic Research Institute. A Krang subsidiary known as the Utroms were using the facility for research on humans and to infiltrate Earth so that they may easily conquer it. In other words, the Krang are indirectly responsible for the creation of the Turtles. Note that TCRI is seen as the place of work for secondary villain Baxter Stockman. (more on him later.).

For more information on TCRI, click here, and for the Utroms, click here.

3. Mousers Attack! - Baxter Stockman is a fan-loved villain in all incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows and comics. Often times, he is remembered for being the mad scientist with the really dark anti-social side, but for most of the fans of all shows, you might remember him for building the small but terrible Mousers. In the comics, Baxter Stockman created the Mousers, metallic dog-like robots, as a means to control the huge rat problem in the City of New York, but his real plan was to use them to rob banks. Over the years, he is seen most of the time with his Mousers whenever Stockman is committing a crime. Although we haven't seen any Mousers, what's preventing the possibility of having them show-up as Stockman's fail safes? Besides, he is working for both the Shredder and TCRI, and both may have an interest in having robot minions by their side.

For more information on the Mousers, click here.

4. Raising (S)hell - In the scene wherein the Turtles are intercepting a truck being guarded by the Foot Clan, we get to see the new ride the Turtles have made, the Shellraiser. In the new animated series, the Shellraiser was an old train car that was used as a home for Leatherhead, a TMNT friend who was originally just a regular lizard, until being experimented by the Krang. This isn't much of a hidden surprise, but rather a guide for those who still don't know it. 

Also, it got me thinking, what if the Turtles have other gadgets at their disposal? Remember that Donatello is a tech genius, and he might have recovered some things from the last movie. Metalhead perhaps? Again, for those who don't know (Note that in this section, I did some research. I'm not that much of a TMNT fan, but more of an enthusiast.), Metalhead is a robot constructed by Donatello from Krang parts, and in one version, a reprogrammed Krang drone.

For more information on the Hellraiser, click here, for Leatherhead, click here and for Metalhead, click here.

5. Back From The Dead - If my memory serves me well, we last saw Splinter incapacitated by the Foot Clan after their ambush in the Turtles' lair. He was flushed away in the sewers, and not being able to join in the final battle. I assumed that he drowned in the sewers during the battle, but how did he survive? According to Eric Sacks in the previous movie, the plan was to have New York engulfed in a mutagen epidemic, and sell a healing ooze that will make him rich because of the high demand for the antidote in the midst of the chaos. It is possible that Splinted did die, and they stole an antidote that could heal Splinter's injuries.

6. Against The Foot! - For our last hidden surprise, we might as well theorize on what we might expect to see when the credits roll. When you combine the Shredder and the Krang all in one, you know a lot of bad things are set to happen. We believe that the two have joined forces in the movie, and have unleashed a viral strain that causes people to transform into mutants. However, the Turtles might not have stopped it, and the ooze has spread all across New York City, similar to what has happened in the 2012 series. Below are some of the characters who we believe will be affected by the film's ending, and may appear sooner than we believe. And yes, they just did confirm that there will be more than two movies.

A. Leatherhead - You already heard his name before in this post. By following the comics, he might appear here as a lizard in a pet store, but escapes his captivity in the store, and comes into contact with the Krang. The Krang are aiming to continue their work secretly now that their plans are down the drain.

B. Tokka and Rahzar - Acting as a replacement for both Bebop and Rocksteady in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Tokka and Rahzar are results of ooze exposure, and was an alligator and a wolf respectively prior to their transformations. I might say that a huge ton of ooze fell onto a local zoo, and mutated these two.

C. Rat King - One of the more enigmatic and strangest villains in the Turtles mythos, the Rat King was originally an unnamed and scarred patient in a hospital chosen by a godlike organization to be the ruler of rats. Yes, you read that right. We should just follow what the comics showed, but without the bizarre ties with the said organization, and rather, he was a nobody in a hospital, until mutagen was spilled in his face, causing him to communicate with rats.

D. Purple Dragons - The most dangerous gang in the Lower East Side corner of Manhattan, the Purple Dragons are basically an above average street gang who are looking for a quick buck. The Shredder could be recruiting  street level criminals for his cause, and by doing so, they formed the Purple Dragons. They could be selling mutagen to potential buyers, thus increasing the Shredder's possible control.

E. Mighty Mutanimals - Similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Mighty Mutanimals are anthropomorphic animals who fight crimes, but they aren't mutants. Rather, they're alien beings (As I understand.). With the incident affecting a handful, and with portals bouncing all over the place, the Mutanimals might reach Earth to lend a hand, or maybe they can be normal animals affected by the mutagen.

F. Agent Bishop - The TMNT's answer to Marvel's Nick Fury, Agent John Bishop is a shadowy figure who is investigating alien-related incidents. With the Krang revealed to be existing on Earth, there is no doubt he'll show-up soon.

G. Triceratons - Gladiator-like anthropomorphic triceratops who might debut because of their possible rivalry against the Krang.

Well, I guess we can now end our eleventh Spotted! post. Be sure to tune-in for some discussions regarding lost and forgotten movies, as well as some "strangely Marvelous" hidden surprises. In the meantime, have a nice day, Dateliners!


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