To hear “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator Kevin Eastman tell it, the upcoming reboot of the turtles by Michael Bay and company is quite possibly the greatest thing since greatest things were invented. Here’s hoping he’s right, but sheesh, Eastman sure seems to be pushing this thing hard. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d love for the reboot to be as good as Eastman claims, since I’m a fan of the director, Jonathan Liebesman, and Bay, for all his detractors, really do make good, solid Summer entertainment fare. But could it really be this good?
While over at Comic Con, MTV caught up with Eastman, and of course the subject of the “Ninja Turtles” reboot came up. Here’s what Eastman had to say:
From what I’ve seen, it’s easily the best ‘Turtle’ movie yet. We’re talking ‘Raid: Redemption’-style fight scenes; we’re talking about epic ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sort of effects… A lot of people are worried we pushed the release date from December to May, but the 30th anniversary of the ‘Turtles’ is in May, so it worked out perfectly.
I know that Michael and his group really like that and that Paramount was supportive of that, so I think that it’s great. I grew up reading ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers’ and all that stuff, and over the course of the comic book history, since ‘Avengers’ has been around, how many times has it been reinvented, reformatted, restructured, replatformed? Every person that’s grown up inspired by that material wants to put their stamp on it a little bit. It just keeps getting better and better, and to have that opportunity is pretty awesome.
Sounds like Eastman is all-in on this. It’s not hard to see why. Bay and company brought him onboard and gave him inside dope on the film from the very beginning, so I’m sure he feels privileged and more than a little indebted to them to keep saying positive things.
Again, don’t get me wrong, I’d LOVE for this thing to be good. While I don’t quite have the same fanboy love for the turtles as some of you, I too grew grew up with them, and I’d love nothing more than to see them regain their former kickass glory. Hey, hope springs eternal, right?