This year’s San Diego Comic-Con came with amazing announcements per usual, but while the big gun franchises take most of the limelight, there are numerous others that are represented well. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman was there, and commented on the current vision for the franchise. If you are reading this then you are aware of the darker roots the comics originated from, which was even somewhat utilized in 1990’s film. The franchise mainly took off with the amazing cartoon and toy line, and many films, and shows followed suit with the kid-friendly atmosphere.
If you are still a fan, like myself, and were with them from the start, you probably enjoyed the darker tone at some point. I have always wanted to see a darker, live-action TMNT film even with them all donning the red masks, but the closest we have come was the previously mentioned 1990 film. This tone has still been embraced to a degree with the current comic line, and a fun piece of information for all of us fans out there was revealed by ComicBookMovie.com when they were able to sit down with Eastman. One of the questions they asked was regarding the possibility of the franchise getting a live-action, adult-oriented Netflix series much like Daredevil (which would be awesome since TMNT comics drew original inspiration from Daredevil comics).
Kevin Eastman answered ComicBookMovie.com with:
“Its a great question cause it really been so fascinating as we watch so many things on the entertainment side of our industry change so much in particular, you know, and I think of, how I enjoyed Daredevil, the Netflix TV series with Charlie Cox and because Daredevil was a huge influence obviously on the Turtles universe and for me that was my favorite comic growing up.”
“I feel like The Turtles have evolved to this point after 35 years almost, and this sounds weird, but its almost to where they started out where we had the original black and white comic book come out intended for our older audience, and then we developed a cartoon show specifically for a younger audience, and now I feel like we’ve gone back to that place where we have the original fans that are like 30 years old.”
“…I feel like that’s the direction I think we can go and there’ll be enough of and audience to support both. Because we do see a lot of that fans asking when can we get that edgy, you know, Netflix Daredevilish sort of intensity of the Turtles – at the same time, you can balance that with such a wonderful cartoon series like, Rise of the Turtles, the new series, back to that spot where we’re sacred to a much younger audience. So I think that’s hopefully in the future I’d love to see that, really.”
Alright, so not a definitive “yes”, but clearly something Eastman wants, and looks as if he is trying to move forward. I think a TMNT series like the one suggested would do well on Netflix, especially among people in their late 20’s to early 40’s. What do you think? Would you watch a live-action, adult-oriented TMNT series if it was on a streaming service like Netflix? If so, what story lines would you want to see adapted, or what characters would you want to appear? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!
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