Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
2 June 2016
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Color of the mutagen
The mutagen in this film is purple, instead of the common green-colored mutagen. This came from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), which featured different varieties of mutagen that formed different mutants.
Role of Casey Jones
Stephen Amell compared his role of Casey Jones to his role as Oliver Queen in Arrow (2012): “Casey Jones is almost a little bit more like the Oliver Queen that people know from the older comic books.”
Equipment of Casey Jone
Casey Jones’s equipment is taken from his appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): hockey pucks, an Eastman hockey stick (the name on the stick is a tribute to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” creator Kevin Eastman) and skating wheels on his feet (the only difference is that he gets the wheels from an office chair, while in the series he uses actual skates).
Turtle Tactical Truck
The Turtles’s new vehicle in this film is the Turtle Tactical Truck, which is based on various vehicles from the TMNT saga:
– The Turtle Van from the previous film (a horn playing the “TMNT” theme)
– the second Battle Shell from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) (an undercover vehicle to use outdoors)
– the Hauler from Turtles Forever (2009) (a customized garbage truck).
– and the Shellraiser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (a vehicle with a cannon that fires manhole covers).
Director Dave Green has been a huge TMNT fan from childhood; he used to dress up as Donatello.
Chess Board Significance
In Baxter Stockman’s laboratory there is a chess board. This comes from the TMNT IDW comics, where his father put him through brutal chess games to develop his intellect
This is the first TMNT live-action film to feature Krang.
Second wrestler to work on a TMNT film
Stephen Farrelly (Rocksteady) is the second wrestler to work on a TMNT film, after Kevin Nash (the Super Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)).
The original subtitle was going to be “Half-Shell”, after the TMNT tagline “Heroes in a half-shell”.
Reference to 90’s cartoon
In the scene when April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is first shown she is working undercover wearing a disguise. The wig she’s wearing is distinctly styled in the same hair style as the 90s cartoon version of April O’Neil.
RT/Meta Critic Review
It’s a movie about human-sized turtles with a ninja arsenal; over the top silliness and ridiculous action scenes and plot were expected and delivered. The most fun I’ve had at the movies this summer.(usefulmetauser/Metacritic)