Newly released concept art of modern-day live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows a more realistic take on the mutant heroes. While the Michael Bay-produced franchise took a more cartoon-looking approach, Brazilian artist Mateus Santolouco (who creates artwork for comic book publisher IDW) saw a darker, R-rated retelling of the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created characters. Sadly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shinobi Chronicles didn’t get the green light from Netflix.
As you can see from the images above, the four brothers no longer sport their famous colours. Instead, Santolouco’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles only wear red headgear. Their costumes vary in other ways. Michelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello wear orange, blue and purple arm gear, while Raphael remains pretty much the same. The real difference between the four, however, are their weapons and, most probably, their attitudes.
The characters also have a more mutant look (which includes elongated arms and oversized claws), and actually resemble real-life turtles (with scaly skin and beaked mouths).
Even though Mateus offered the artwork as a pitch for a new comic book miniseries to IDW, it seems that it was rejected there too.
With 2016’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows failing at the box office, and not likely to produce any more sequels, it might be a good time for another reboot. The honest truth is that the pizza-eating, ninja-fighting Turtles still hold a special place in their hearts of fans across the world.
Perhaps Netflix would reconsider.