Netflix has just released a few images of the upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.
First announced back in 2019, the eagerly awaited latest addition to the TMNT universe is set to release on Netflix on August 5, a movie that follows the series of the same namesake, Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The animated series ran for two seasons from 2018 to 2020 and is now returning for a feature film.
The sneak peek photos depict the brothers in a friendly, colourful art style that captures the comedy and child-friendly nature that the franchise usually adopts for everyone’s favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles are depicted in several classic night scenes when they usually come out to play.
Michelangelo, usually known for being the youngest and most compulsive of the brothers, is depicted as being smaller than his siblings, while Raphael, known for being the oldest but also the brashest, is the brawniest of them all. Donatello looks intelligent as usual in his tech goggles, while Leonardo stands front and centre as team leader. One image features a red glow surrounding Raphael, possibly hinting at some unknown powers or features that the turtles can utilise in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.
The sneak peek photos also include some beloved characters such as the intrepid reporter, April O’Neil, a staple feature in most TMNT series and movies. Another staple feature included in the first look is of course Master Splinter, the teacher, mentor, and adoptive father of the turtle brothers. Finally, we get a sneak peek at a gloved handing holding a photo of the brothers surrounding April, possibly implying a gloved stranger with villainous intent.
From the Producers
While the producers haven’t shared much to avoid spoilers, executive producer Ant Ward has shared a few details on the upcoming movie. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie features some science fiction as a stranger travels in time to warn the turtles of imminent danger. They must learn to work as a team against an impending attack from an alien race known as the Krang.
The Krang first appeared in the franchise in the 1987 animated series and are both known as an individual supervillain in the series as well as the race of floating brain-like aliens. The Krang supposedly originate from Dimension X, the TMNT version of an alternate, darker universe.
When asked about how the new feature film would be received by different audiences, specifically older and younger fans — having experienced the series and movies of the past — older fans would, in his opinion, be able to appreciate the growth of the characters and the franchise. On this as well, Ward says that, while following the series would make for a clearer, really complete experience, the movie is also good as a standalone set-piece and experience.