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Michael Bay Says Making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Aliens "Building a Richer World"

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Yesterday, Michael Bay's announcement that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would now be "completely lovable" aliens had the internet's TMNT fan base a little concerned that such a change might kind of negate 25-50% of the most basic definition of the characters, even if they would now be more lovable. Bay, not deaf to outside opinions despite what his oeuvre and frequent proximity to concussive blasts might suggest, has today issued a response to condescendingly placate the angry, pro-mutant mob. He's building a richer world!

Monday night, on his official forum, the director posted (via):

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.


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Right, a more expansive and complex back story. Because turtles being covered in radioactive ooze, transformed into bipedal teenagers, named after Renaissance artists, and trained as ninjas by a man-rat hybrid is not convoluted enough. Logically, there should be some kind of Dune-like exposition explaining that the Turtle home planet values oregano as a rare spice, and that's why Michelangelo excitedly shouts "cowabunga!" in regards to eating pizza. What a rich world we've now created!

Of course, as TMNT purists know, the characters have already been drastically altered from their origins. They were first created as a satirical take on gritty comics, much different from the cartoon and film characters that would later pander to us children, and then go back in time. One could argue that making the turtles into aliens is following in the long-running tradition of altering the characters to better fit a chosen audience. But since Michael Bay seems to be the only one arguing that point, let's just keep being annoyed about it.

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