Ninja Tur­tles stars pre­view flick at Comic-Con

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

SAN DIEGO — For the hu­man stars of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles, it’s all about Michelangelo. When asked by a fan dur­ing a ComicCon panel which mem­ber of the sew­erd­welling, pizza-lov­ing su­per­hero team was their favourite, Me­gan Fox and Will Ar­nett both picked the nun­chakuwield­ing mem­ber of the Ninja Tur­tles. How­ever, Fox didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate Ar­nett “steal­ing” Mikey be­fore she had a chance to an­swer the ques­tion. “I’ve been say­ing that for months!” Fox protested. “There’s only four of ’em!” Ar­nett snapped back. The cast and crew of the comic book re­boot un­veiled a pair of ex­tended scenes Thurs­day from the up­com­ing film in Hall H, the largest venue in­side the San Diego Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The first scene showed off the mo­ment when jour­nal­ist April O’Neil, played by Fox, first en­coun­ters the Ninja Tur­tles in a sub­way sta­tion. The sec­ond was a snowy chase se­quence in which O’Neil and Ar­nett race down a moun­tain with a bul­let­proof ren­di­tion of the Ninja Tur­tles in tow. Ninja Tur­tles co-cre­ator Kevin East­man was on hand with the movie’s cast and crew to de­fend some of the creative choices taken with the film based on 30-year-old fran­chise, in­clud­ing fo­cus­ing on the char­ac­ters’ alien in­flu­ence and cast­ing the vil­lain­ous Foot Clan as more of a para­mil­i­tary or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ninja Tur­tles direc­tor Jonathan Liebesman said such changes were made “in order to make it be­liev­able in to­day’s world.”

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