For many, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been and gone, however it has still to be released in one more major market territory (it is released in the UK this weekend) – and unless you have been hiding under a rock the past couple of months, it’s probably a safe bet to say that many have already heard the good, the bad and the ugly from fans and casual viewers from various media outlets.
The movie was far from the monstrosity many expected it to be (maybe unfairly due to a certain name being pegged as producer …), but it did have its faults. However, perhaps somewhere throughout the development process, there were some ideas that could have shifted some of the more mediocre affair in the movie and added some heterogeneity to an otherwise run-of-the-mill and predictable franchised affair. Knowing that Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang almost made their way into the movie, looking at this new concept art of the classic TMNT villains, makes us rather sad about their exclusion.
The Aaron Sims Company (who previously worked on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Green Lantern), posted designs of the classic TMNT villains, which were at one point a part of the movie’s storyline. One can’t help but consider – due to the great conceptual designs – how two mutated gang members (half-rhinoceros and half-warthog), and an anthropomorphic brain could possibly have cut some of the clichéd April O’neil story arc (and therefore less Megan Fox). Initially rumour had it that Krang would, in fact, be the one working the Shredder armour, which would have made for a much more menacing antagonist.
Bebop and Rocksteady, two New York City gang members who were mutated by Shredder in hopes of creating henchman powerful enough to take down the turtles, ended up remaining morons. Thus, made for great cartoon henchmen affair, which was a constant source of frustration and disappointment to their boss.
Bebop and Rocksteady were initially created as a means to sell more toys, but became staples in the TMNT universe for fans old and new, whereas Krang was a fixture from the comics from the Dimension X who partnered with Shredder to take over Earth.
Despite the movie not being great, it garnered $65 million in its opening weekend which immediately had the studio giving the go ahead to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Hopefully these characters will make an appearance in the sequel. That’s if anyone is still interested by that point. Sound off in the comments section below.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 opens in theaters on June 3, 2016.