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.
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.