The second trailer for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” has arrived with plenty of loud noise and feel-good brotherhood from the relentlessly upbeat terrapin crime-fighters.
Laura Linney’s character asks at one point, “Who are you — superheroes?” The response: “Just four brothers who love this city.”
The trailer comes two months before Paramount releases the film on June 3, on the same day that the movie took to the stage at WonderCon in downtown Los Angeles. Combat plus wisecracks abound as Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Megan Fox return with Stephen Amell playing vigilante Casey Jones.
“Bringing back the mohawk — good for you,” one of the turtles deadpans to the villain Bebop, who does indeed sport a purple mohawk.
Dave Green directs and Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker are producing. Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry and Brittany Ishibashi also star.
Form and Fuller took the stage at WonderCon along with Fox and Amell on Friday, where they debuted an extended look at Casey Jones’ introduction, in which Fox’s April finds herself cornered by Shredder’s goons, only to be saved by a few well-aimed hockey pucks courtesy of a masked Casey. A fast-paced fight-sequence ensues, in which Casey still manages to find time to flirt with April.
Form and Fuller also revealed some news on the panel: the villainous Krang, who will make his debut in “Out of the Shadows,” will be voiced by Fred Armisen. The sequel also will introduce Tyler Perry’s Baxter Stockman, a character that the producers always wanted to have in the film franchise. As “the lead scientist of TCRI, he’s working with Shredder, and he’s responsible for helping mutate Bebop and Rocksteady,” Form said.
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They also discussed what went into making Bebop and Rocksteady, the Turtles’ longtime adversaries.
“They’re dumb and fun, we call them the knuckleheads – they throw haymakers, that’s it, it’s easy to dodge them,” Form said of Shredder’s henchmen.
Amell revealed that Casey “has beef to settle” with Bebop and Rocksteady, and that the vigilante is “a guy who feels like the system and doing things the right way have failed him, so he’s lashing out.”
Since Casey is a corrections officer in the film, the producers eschewed the character’s iconic long hair, but Amell assured fans that they have time to build towards all the Casey Jones iconography that fans have come to know and love over the years, and confirmed that he does get to wield a variety of sports equipment, from a hockey stick to cricket and baseball bats, over the course of the movie.