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Fifth Turtle revealed… sort of and guess where his name came from?

December 19th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Images have appeared from a fouth live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that never happened and there’s even a new addition to the team…

Kevin Eastman, co-creater of TMNT with Peter Laird, created an unused character called Kirby for the movie  and you’ve already seen him (above). He also worked on an evil April O’Neill and a electric-fisted Casey Jones (click the link below).

The movie was set to be called Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation and it was conceived between 1995 and 1997 but ultimately never happened. The art also features Fang, Shredder, Spyder, Nano Spyder, Super Shredder, Casey, Talbot, Lawson, Bugman, and Evil April.

In May, Kevin Eastman put the concept art up for auction, saying: “The fourth live-action TMNT film was pitched and originally scripted as a grittier, less kid-friendly adventure, and to that end Kevin Eastman designed a more brutish, hardcore fifth Turtle, named for the legendary King of Comics (Jack Kirby).”

Oh and we know there was briefly a female turtle in a series called, curiously, Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. She was called Venus and was one of the original turtles, but Splinter didn’t realise she existed. She wasn’t very good, so most people have forgotten her. We think.

See the rest of the concept images here

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….