Mar 22

Of Remakes, Reboots, and Retcons. TMNT = TANT?

It’s been a while since I properly did a blog post. I was overwhelmed by maintaining the cartoon reviews, although I still intend to get that going again. If anyone wants to guest review something (either current or classic) please give me a holler through the Contact Form!

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A few days ago, I was reading information about the new Michael Bay TMNT project and was hardly surprised that there was a huge backlash of Ninja Turtle fandom against the rebooting of the origin story to eliminate the radioactive ooze and instead make the turtles part of an alien race. I decided to try a Twitter-xperiment and see what type of reaction I’d get from my followers.

I tweeted: “People upset cause Michael Bay TMNT project makes them aliens. #YUMad? Magical evolution ooze too realistic a backstory?”

A Few Responses:

@ERMcKeon: @toonopolis Because they’re no longer Teenage MUTANT Ninja Turtles. :-p
@smurfwreck@toonopolis I would consider myself mad, but then again why bother changing the origin when the original is still relevant?
@SheenahFreitas@toonopolis That ooze is the epitome of realism. XD But, it’s a classic. Don’t mess with a classic. Don’t turn turtles into aliens.

My friend Chris from GeekScholars Movie News gave me my favorite response over on Facebook: “This wouldn’t be a problem if the source material was TANT…but it’s not.”

Personally, I was only trying to incite a little nerd rage amongst people, but there is some truth in my ambivalence towards the idea. I have stated before that I am not scared of remakes and reboots, my take on the new Thundercats remake covers that. Some remakes end up better than the originals (The Karate Kid, the Ed Norton Incredible Hulk). Some don’t and the world still spins.

I guess the whole point of this little rant is to just tell people to chill out, the same way Michael Bay is asking them to do. (Granted, the confidence level of a Michael Bay project is already pretty low for most people, so that’s not helping things.)

I know it doesn’t look good. A retcon of this magnitude is usually reserved for the comic book industry (of course, that’s where our beloved turtles got their starts anyway), when a new creator decides they dislike the history and want to write their own. I, for one, like to try to remain optimistic. Hey, even co-creator Peter Laird offers us the following words of encouragement: “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.”

Oh… *fingers crossed*