Social networks and blogs were pretty much ablaze with fury when it was announced that Michael Bay was planning to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot.
The backlash was so intense that the Transformers director had to released a statement days later telling fans to “relax” and “chill.” With Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman siding with Bay’s decision and Paramount dropping the “Teenage Mutant” from the title it seemed as though all hope was lost for those wanting the turtles to retain their mutant roots.
However, fans need fear no longer, as in a conversation with Moviefone, Bay was quick divulge that the Turtles will once again find their beginnings in the ooze.
“There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not,” said Bay. “It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.”
Certainly promising news, even though it directly contradicts Bay’s own words recorded on camera last year when he said: “These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.”
Thankfully that clears things up a bit, although Liebesman did explain that the Turtles’ origin story does have some extra-terrestrial roots last year, when he pointed out that mutagen in the T.C.R.I. canisters that lead to the mutation of the Turtles and Master Splinter among others, is in fact alien in nature.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits cinemas on June 6, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson and Pete Ploszek.