I admit it, I liked the recent TMNT film. Despite it's over use of explosions and action sequences (something Michael Bay films are notorious for) it was a pretty great film! After seeing the movie, the first thought I had was: "I wonder what the sequel's going to be like." Because come on, we all knew this movie was getting a sequel with or without great reviews. It's just a given with films like these. You know, PG-13 live-action re-imaginings of licensed properties.
So when it was announced that there would be a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I was not surprised in the slightest. What did surprise me was the shocking piece of TMNT 2 news I heard today.
Apparently, Bebop and Rocksteady, the TMNT's weirdest foes since Krang, are set to appear in the live-action sequel!
This is really cool! I never thought that Bebop and Rocksteady would make it to the big screen, especially in a live-action/CGI film! It took me a while to fully comprehend that the Turtles themselves were getting a movie like that!
I'm still not sure what to expect from this film though. It can go one of three ways. It can either stay true to the source material and make a deserving TMNT movie, completely change everything about the TMNT and anger a ton of fans, or make a silly movie that does bad because it's just too ludicrous to be live-action. With the inclusion of Bebop and Rocksteady, the third option looks more likely.
As it turns out, Bebop and Rocksteady were being considered for the first film, as well as Krang and Casey Jones! They even made some concept art for the duo! The concept art was removed per the studio's request however. TMNT fans will be glad to know that the concept art was apparently very true to the original animated characters.
Some of it also hints at Rocksteady and Bebop's origins in TMNT 2. In the original source material, R&B (Haha) were regular gang members, no animal parts included. Until one day, after being exposed to the same mutagen that turned the turtles into the Turtles, they become strange animal-human hybrids, gaining the traits of a warthog and rhinoceros.
It's nice to know that Paramount Pictures is staying true to the source material for Rocksteady and Bebop. Though I am a little concerned that they'll be a little too silly for the big screen, I am hoping that Paramount will work it out somehow. And though we'll have to wait a little closer to the release date of TMNT 2 to see what Rocksteady and Bebop will look at, here's some pretty cool fan art to give us a pretty good idea.
So what do you think of Rocksteady and Bebop coming to the big screen?