In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird put together a single-run black-and-white comic book that parodied popular comics of the time--specifically, the mutants and teenage angst of X-Men and the martial arts mayhem of Daredevil. Today, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a massive media franchise, and is getting a feature film reboot from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes studio.
A couple days ago, Michael Bay suggested that fans unhappy with the changes in the upcoming reboot (now simply titled Ninja Turtles) should "take a breath and chill." The internet responded with the expected fan-rage, but now Bay is joined by several other members of the Ninja Turtles creative family--including co-creator Peter Laird, who has almost exclusively worked on TMNT since the characters' debut in '84.
Speaking to fans on the aptly named Peter Laird's TMNT Blog, Laird said:
"I would actually encourage TMNT fans to swallow the 'chill pill' Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan. It's possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work. I'm not saying it's probable, or even somewhat likely ... but it IS possible."
There's even more from Brian Tochi, who voiced Leonardo in the original 1990s trilogy of movies:
"If Michael Bay wants to do a different take on the turtles origin story ... mazel tov!"
Finally, the (first two) '90s movies' April O'Neil, Judith Hoag, expressed her support for Bay's decisions, having previously worked with him in several of his films. So far, the lone public voice of dissent comes from Robbie Rist, Michelangelo's voice from the '90s trilogy:
"You probably don't know me but I did some voice work on the first set of movies that you are starting to talk about sodomizing.
"I know believing in mutated talking turtles is kinda silly to begin with but am I supposed to be led to believe there are ninjas from another planet? The rape of our childhood memories continues..."
Still, Rist left some room for Bay to deliver:
"Everything I have said here could be off base and wrong ... He has made WAY more money at this than I have."
Nice to see a little humility, even from someone as understandably incensed as Rist. I don't know, with Peter Laird willing to give the reboot some hope, I am too--especially since he no longer owns the property. What do you think? Should we be worried about Platinum Dunes' Ninja Turtles?