As cool as it is to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get continuous exposure in the media, I definitely feel that there are other properties that deserve a chance and one of those properties is Biker Mice from Mars. The Biker Mice had very limited media exposure in the mid to late '90s but it was a great cartoon and it can definitely be taken a step further into the live-action movie direction. Biker Mice from Mars could be the next big sci-fi hero movie if done correctly and marketed to the same demographic as TMNT with the same quality as buzz around it.
If you are still unsure, here is a basic plot line of the cartoon:
On the planet Mars, there existed a race of anthropomorphic mice who enjoyed motorsports and had a very similar culture and society to that of human beings. At some point in time they were all but wiped out by the Plutarkians, an alien race of obese, foul-smelling, fish-like humanoids who plunder other planets' natural resources because they have wasted all of their own. Three survivors, Throttle, Modo and Vinnie, manage to find a spaceship and escape the Plutarkian takeover but they are soon shot down by a Plutarkian warship and end up crash-landing on Earth in the city of Chicago. There they meet a charming female mechanic named Charlene "Charley" Davidson and discover that the Plutarkians have come to Earth to steal its natural resources. The Biker Mice investigate the crumbling ghetto of the windy city and soon discover that Chicago's leading industrialist, Lawrence Limburger, is actually a Plutarkian who disguises himself as a human, plotting to ransack Earth's resources to send to his own dying planet. Limburger enlists two henchmen, mad scientist Dr. Karbunkle and the idiotic Greasepit to help him steal Earth's natural resources and send them to Plutark. But the Biker Mice from Mars themselves as heroic vigilantes come to save the day and stop Limburger from destroying Chicago, doing it to bring Plutark to justice as payback for the loss and powerful destruction of their home in process. And to defend the Earth from the similar fate. Thus, the Biker Mice become Limburger's chief foils, destroying his business tower at the end of nearly every episode.
Now, keep in mind that if this was picked up it would not be a strict adaptation and the plot line would be altered to keep things fresh and a few names and other elements should probably be changed. I'm sure that the continuous success of properties like the Ninja Turtles, studios might eventually decide to give properties like Biker Mice a chance to get back into the mainstream media and become a box office giant with fresh material. With all of the fan forums calling for this film to happen, it is only a matter of time before it comes to fruition, right? Is that how it works? Well, we hope so.
TMNT 2 is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016 and will begin shooting in April... but while you wait, you should be thinking about Biker Mice from Mars!