Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is going to make you relive your childhood in the best way possible. Not only is Casey Jones making an appearance in all his hockey-masked glory, but classic villains Bebop and Rocksteady are getting their first live-action incarnation.
They've never been committed to film before, so it's exciting that new fans will get to meet them for the first time, while those of us who grew up with the Turtles will get to meet them all over again.
But who are these punked-out mutants, plucked from obscurity to be the right-hand goons of the Shredder?
Bebop and Rocksteady are two peas in a pod, with minds that barely add up to one human brain. They might not be the sharpest sais in the dojo, but when Shredder combines their new brute strength with their lemming-like penchant to follow their leaders blindly, he creates the unstoppable force and the immovable object.
Rocksteady was crossed with a rhinoceros. Rhinos are generally regarded as a regal — and endangered — species, but Rocksteady does nothing to keep their good name. Endowed with horns, Rocksteady is given the opportunity to be 10 times more brutal as a mutant than he was as a human.
Out of the Shadows' Rocksteady is played by WWE Superstar Stephen Farrelly, better known in the wrestling world as the Celctic Warrior Sheamus. You probably shouldn't expect any brogue kicks or funky mohawks (that trait belongs to his partner in crime this time around), but all of the brashness and charisma that has made Sheamus such a popular bad guy in WWE will surely be present in spades.
The Bert to Rocksteady's Ernie, Bebop was crossed with a warthog, which thankfully allowed him to keep his rad purple mohawk while also giving him razor-sharp tusks that help him go toe to toe with the weapons carried by the Turtles, particularly Leo's katanas and Raph's sais.
In Out of the Shadows, Bebop is played by comedian and actor Gary Anthony Williams, best known for his roles in Malcolm in the Middle, Boston Legal and The Boondocks. Williams is sporting the familiar mohawk and cool-guy shades, a faithful rendering of the original character.
Both actors look like they're going to bring just the right amount of muscle, humor, and dim-wittedness to their roles that we've come to expect from their iconic characters. Whether or not they'll be able to help Shredder take out the Turtles remains to be seen, but it's never a good idea to bet against the heroes in a half shell.
Bebop and Rocksteady charge into theaters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows on June 3.