TMNT CinemaCon footage reveals Turtles' new origin story

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Mar 26, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT (Updated)

Are you itching to watch the revamped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? It's been in development for years, but barely anything was known about its plot -- until now. This week at CinemaCon, an annual trade show for theater owners, Paramount let the cat (or turtles) out of the bag. Several journalists were on hand to get a first look at footage from the live-action film, which answers the age-old question: Are they still mutants, or alien hybrids?

Over at Badassdigest, they give a detailed description of the trailer that reveals a city in decay.

It turns out that this version of Shredder hates that crime and violence, and so he started a program to create heroes. That's juxtaposed with TCRI ooze canisters and experiments. You know, the ooze that created the turtles. The ooze that Shredder made... with April's dad. Yes, the VO is Shredder telling April he and her dad made the turtles.

There's flash footage of the Turtles fighting guys in the subway and April films on her phone. Then the turtles are revealed... and they're kind of bad? Meredith Woerner of io9 was sitting next to me and said they looked like babies with penis heads, and she's right. They're not turtle-y enough and they're not anthropomorphized enough. They're a terrible middle ground.

Oh boy, that sounds polarizing. Michael Bay uses motion-capture to bring his Turtles to life, so it's disappointing that the character design isn't better. We knew they wouldn't look like the Jim Henson models from the 1990 film. But we assumed they had something better in store.

You can see the trailer when it debuts in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles open in theaters Aug. 8.

(via BadassDigest)