The Ninja Turtles That Could Have Been


I know people are still pissed about the makeover the Ninja Turtles got for the recent Michael Bay-produced reboot, but to be honest, it could have been much, much weirder. Namely, they could have adopted the concept art of Anthony Francisco, who went a bit extraterrestrial with the turtles, attempting to get them to look even more like actual turtles.

The end result is a creature that seems like it might rise out of the sea to fight alongside Aquaman, or at the very least, be kept in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude alien zoo. I do kind of like the jagged shell however. All in all, it’s a bit too extreme, even with a mask and weapons, and so we got the only mildly creepy version we saw in the film. And will see again in a sequel, because it made money.


  • cypher20

    Call me weird but I liked the new TMNT and liked the design of the turtles. Yes, the plot falls apart if you think about it too hard (why did Shredder leave April in the sewers? Why did the Foot do such a crappy job of “destroying” the turtles’ hideout) but it doesn’t matter. It had fun fight scenes and I laughed just about every time Michelangelo did anything.

    • PimpDaddyWiteBoy

      100% agree… also… why didnt april just show her boss those pics on her phone?……………… 😐
      still loved the movie tho

  • David R

    Man, if only this franchise could draw on a long history of expressive, simple design that pretty much everybody had liked.