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Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot didn't have an easy time convincing fans to embrace its existence, what with Shredder looking more like a walking Gillette commercial than the menacing leader of the Foot Clan, and the Turtles themselves looking like a strange genetic fusion of turtles and humans, with their added nostrils, lips and overall facial shapes.

Yep, the reboot caused mixed reactions for Turtles lovers... and by "mixed" I mean, mixed between people hating the idea and people really, really, REALLY hating the idea...

And although a fair number of people, myself included, came around after watching the movie, those aesthetics are still niggling some die-hard TMNT fans. Which is why some of you might be interested in these: some early character designs for the heroes in a half-shell which were used to pitch the Turtles movie in 2011, from concept artist Josh Nizzi.











The Shredder


Pretty neat, huh? Way less creepy, WAY more badass. In fact, I'm stumped as to why they didn't choose these designs over the ones which made it to the big-screen.

Okay, so Bay didn't turn the turtles into aliens, but the concept art looks so much more impressive, in my mind...

Concept art (left) vs. Michael Bay's chosen design.
Concept art (left) vs. Michael Bay's chosen design.

What d'you think, did everything about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot make you want to bawl your eyes out while in the fetal position, or did you like the final character designs?


Do you prefer these concept designs to the finished product?

(Source: JoshNizzi)


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