Michael Bay responds to fans about the TMNT movie’s alien origin

Michael Bay has responded to the fan uproar regarding the origin of the turtles in his upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. In case you haven’t heard the news, please refer to our earlier post here. The response was found on his official forum where he stated, “Fans need to take a breath, and chill.”


Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.


Via: Shoot For The Edit Forums

In my opinion, that’s not a way to respond to your audience. The fans are the ones that will be at the theaters opening weekend and if they like it, probably see the film more than once. For example, when Spider-Man first released, I saw it nine times in the theater. He could have just excluded those first two sentences and it would have been a more positive response to fans. The fact of the matter is that on top of discourteous response to the fans, he didn’t actually address their concerns. The story is not the issue, the issue is that the the name “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” does not apply when the turtles have an alien origin. I grew up on TMNT and the ooze is a pivotal part of the story that affects multiple characters in the TMNT universe.

Sorry Mr. Bay, I’m siding with the fans on this one.

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First and foremost, Ryan Brown is a fan. He has been an avid fan of both the theater and cinema since an early age and his passion for both has been continually growing ever since. When dissecting a film, he focuses on all elements of film-making including some fan/cult factors. He believes that character development is the foundation of a good film and usually starts his analysis of a film from there moving forward. His writing style may be influenced by his background of narrative and argumentative studies in the subject, but he tends to enjoy a more conversational style to better interact with the readers, unlike some other pretentious and pompous writers.