Turtlegate as the fans call it is the outrage happened among the fans after filmmaker Michael Bay issued the following statement about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
“When you see this movie, kids will believe one day that these turtles do exist, when we’re done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.” – Michael Bay
This statement as said seemed like Bay trying to changed the Ninja turtles origins story from being the genetically altered turtles with super powered strength to a bunch of turtles who belong to some planet of turtles and lost their way to earth.
Michael Bay may not have meant this but they way he changed everything about Transformers and what happened with a number of comic book movies with the basic story being altered to an extent that it offended the fans like the X-Men franchise.
While Teenage Mutant (not aliens) Ninja Turtles should be action filled a good filmmaker would understand and respect the source material. If made properly this can be a gory and violent movie as once we expected Wolverine movies to be and that will be how we will get a faithful TMNT movie
But sadly this is never going to happen. Michael Bay’s movies are like fast food of movie industry. He is a guy who won’t look any deeper in the source material And as for the director, Jonathan Liebsman, he is nothing more than a clock-punching filmmaker who will come in and give the studio safe, shallow movie that will get them a good opening weekend. Instead of a TMNT that parodies dark comic book movies, we’ll get one that is an overly serious, edgy comic movie. Instead of pointing out the absurdity of the CBM cliches, we’ll get a movie that utilizes all the cliches. It sad, because if we had a filmmaking team that cared, we could have TMNT movie that would live up the legendary comics that started a phenomenon.
The creators of TMNT are already speaking in favour of Bay and his vision, this may be their personal opinion or lots of Dollars filled in their mouth. A franchise when spoiled from its original content let whatever be the reason gives the only movie going fans a wrong info about the story. One cannot ask Christopher Nolan to direct every movie gone wrong. Very few in Hollywood respect what fans want instead they go with stuffs that gets them lots of money which end up with some terrible consequences. So the only way to protest is by not going to watch this movie if Bay has an idea as people did with X-Men : First Class and gave it a real slow opening and only saw after excellent reviews started coming up.
Until then, I’m sure people are going to love the jive-talking, alien turtles that come to Earth and fall in love with Pizza.