– by Joseph Jammer Medina


Will Arnett and the Mannequin Formerly Known As Megan Fox took some time to chat with MTV about the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman-directed reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Amongst the topics covered were fan concerns that certain franchise staples weren’t going to be featured prominently in the new film- a fear created by the seeming lack of these staples in promotional materials so far.

But rest assured, TMNT fans, according to Arnett there will be plenty of time spent on key aspects of the Turtles mythology. He says there’ll be pizza, there’ll be Master Splinter, and more.

“Absolutely, Splinter is crucial. That all-wise giant rat is very important to the story. There is time in the sewers. There is time in the lair. There’s all of it. I think we’ve done a really good job in staying true to the mythology and then telling a new story, telling a new version.”

And what about intrepid reporter April O’Neil? Fox offered some insight into her hair color, which has been a point of contention for fans of April’s traditional red locks. 

“We went through many shades of red, and then we toned it down to a deep auburn. But when they color time the movie it will be more red, FYI.”

The Transformers actress also offered up some tidbits about her Turtles fandom growing up. She claims that the Ninja Turtles were a huge deal for her, even going so far as to admit a crush on a certain fun-loving character.

They were my favorite movies as a kid. That was my thing. Way, way more so than ‘Star Wars’ or in later years, still more than ‘Lord of the Rings.’ It was always ‘Ninja Turtles.’ My first crush, and everyone thinks this is really weird, but little girls have crushes on animated characters, and my first crush was Michaelangelo. So I’m super excited.”

One of these days on the press tour with Megan Fox might be this youngster's lucky day.

One of these days on the press tour with Megan Fox might be this youngster’s lucky day.

So does any of this sooth your fears? I, for one, remain cautiously optimistic about this flick. I’ve enjoyed the trailers so far, and with Michael Bay as a producer instead of as the director, I’m not as skeptical as I would normally be. This thing might be fun.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.