Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gives first peek at John Cena’s evil Baron Draxum

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Mar 7, 2018, 6:08 PM EST (Updated)

A month after Nickelodeon dropped some early character art for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the kids’ channel is finally revealing a first glimpse of Baron Draxum, the mutation-happy new villain who’ll be voiced by John Cena.

Nickelodeon took to Twitter to show off a nifty wipe graphic alternating between Cena, who’s also become a fixture on the network’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards, and Baron Draxum, the alchemist warrior mutant whose ultimate goal will be to turn everyone into a mutant.

Baron Draxum (can we just call him B.D.?) joins Rise’s long list of already-revealed characters. Nickelodeon is billing the show as a return to 2D style for the renaissance reptiles, on the heels of its CGI predecessor Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which ran for five years until its cancellation in 2017.

Per ComingSoon, B.D. hails from the Hidden City and views himself as the top-of-the-chain defender of mutants everywhere. “Using ooze, he plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes,” the report states, while adding that the turtles themselves have been “reimagined” to wield different weapons and represent different varieties (Raphael, for example, will be a snapping turtle).

The new series will launch with an initial run of 26 episodes, and comes with a certified turtlefied voice cast that includes Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re the Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Master Splinter.

Nickelodeon has promised Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will debut sometime in 2018, so stay tuned. When we know more — cowabunga! — so will you.

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