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NYCC: Here's why Shredder is not in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Oct 5, 2018, 5:55 PM EDT

Nickelodeon rebooted the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles yet again just a few weeks ago, and one big question still remains: Where in the world is Shredder

This query was posed to the Rise of the TMNT team at New York Comic Con by (are you ready for it?) a young boy. "He's in all the other shows," said the kid, summing up his point as beautifully and simplistically as possible.  

While this drew the obvious bout of laughter from the audience, executive producer Andy Suriano offered a very articulate and logical answer. 

“We wanted to do something unexpected," he said in reply. "If you have a bad guy like Shredder in each episode, you know where [the story is] going ... At least for the first bit, we wanted to do something different … we wanted new villains, like Batman ’66 villains … and have fun in that world for a bit.”

Indeed, Rise of the TMNT is helping build out the mythology by introducing new villains such as Meat Sweats (Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols), Baron Draxum (John Cena of the WWE), and Big Mama (Lean Headey of Game of Thrones). 

The series is currently in the middle of its first season, with the next two episodes ("Shell in a Cell" and "Minotaur Maze") airing tomorrow, Oct. 6.

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