The New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Designs Give Fans Something to Talk About

Photo Credit: New Line Cinema
March 12th, 2014

Fans of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise are hotly debating the new designs for the four famous characters starring in the 2014 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film. The film produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman brings together several talented actors to play the revamped mutant turtles, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Excitement about the new turtle designs came after photos of scale figures were leaked to several online outlets early in 2014. A movie poster released around the same time showing all four turtles with new outfits and accessories started many conversations about the mutants and their new looks. Additionally, many fans are using the new designs for children's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Halloween costumes as a template for what the turtles in this most recent version of the story might look like on the big screen.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Get Accessory Upgrades

The turtles have more to worry about leaving behind while fighting crime with the addition of several accessories to their new designs. New accessories featured on the movie poster help reveal more about the turtles' personalities at first glance. Brainy Donatello has two sets of spectacles including what seems to be a pair of microscope glasses. Relaxed surfer Michelangelo, the youngest turtle, is sporting a shell necklace with a stylish medallion. Body armor is visible on Leonardo, the oldest and most responsible of the turtles. Tough and gritty Raphael is confident and cool with dark sunglasses. Each turtle carries his weapon of choice, and each weapon stays consistent with the classic characters. Unseen in the promotional poster is the turtles' nemesis, Shredder. Leaked photos show the new Shredder to be massive and terrifying. A worthy enemy decked out in new gear with greater scare appeal is sure to suit many fans of the quirky brand. 

Although many accessory upgrades can be assumed due to the movie poster and Halloween costumes, fans are talking as much about the mystery surrounding the new designs as they are discussing what the actual design components are. Similarly, the look and feel of the turtles is important to fans looking for a more adult version of the story adapted from the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic book series based on a single comic book originally published in 1984. Due to the fact the brand shot to popular recognition through a combination of action figure sales and an animated television series aimed at children, many people do not realize fans of the comic book followed the story into a dark place. Many fans welcome a new direction that enables the characters to exist in a more violent and morose world.  


New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Characters Are Bigger and Badder

The look and feel of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has experienced a significant revamp. Many fans and commentators claim the new designs make the turtles appear to be related to dinosaurs with scaly skin and bulked up bodies. Newly shaped heads and mouths give the turtles a variety of new facial expressions. The eyes in the new turtle designs appear to look more like human eyes than the eyes of the turtles seen in earlier live action films from the brand. Eyes that look more human are more convincing when showing a large range of emotions, adding depth to the dramatic story. Each turtle appears to be an incredible body builder with ripped muscles and massive bulk. Fans of the original turtle designs are happy that the new turtles do not take a large departure from the styling the brand has used in the past. 

A menacing mutant turtle that reminds people of a dinosaur is not new to film. "Godzilla" fans might liken the turtles' new dinosaur look to the half-shelled Japanese monster featured in the cult favorite "Gamera" released in 1965. Like Gamera, the dinosaur aspects of the menacing turtles make them seem larger than life and add to the science fiction vibe of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film.

Fans who are happy with the new designs as well as those who are less than thrilled have all found something to talk about surrounding the 2014 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film. The design revamps may not make every fan adore the brand, but they do give film experts and comic book readers alike the chance to be a part of the discussion. Fans are actively commenting on articles, writing blogs, posting images and chatting on social networks about the film and the newly designed mutant heroes.