After all the hand-wringing, rumors and whispers — the first trailer for the new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has arrived.
The trailer finally gives us our first look at the redesigned Turtles, and they’re decidedly big and strange-looking. Not quite as bad as we’d expected from initial reports, but it’ll definitely take some getting used to. Think Bane meets Ninja Turtles, essentially.
Though Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) technically directed, it bears most of the trademark moves of producer Michael Bay. The trailer is chock-full of explosions and “epic-ness,” and it almost feels like it could be a Transformers trailer until the Turtles show up. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, per se, but we wonder if this can replicate that fun-loving Turtles spirit.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
The TMNT remake stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. It’s set to open Aug. 8.