Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Raph The Space Cadet

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are defined by 4 key characteristics, as their name implies. They’re teenagers, meaning they are aged between 13 and 19 earth years old. They’re mutants, meaning their origin is that they have mutated DNA, mostly likely to add DNA from one organism into another. They’re ninja, meaning they were trained in Japanese martial arts. Finally they’re turtles, meaning they’re either turtles mutated to be more like people, or people mutated to be more like turtles.

Michael Bay and Shia Labeouf

Enter Michael Bay, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies to be released in December 2013. In a statement made at a Nickelodeon Upfront a few days ago, he was speaking about the movie, as the producer of the film, and mentioned that they would be … aliens.

Yes, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be aliens. I suppose that probably means they’re not mutants anymore, as some sites are reporting. It’s possible they are mutant aliens, I mean technically we are all the result of millions of years of mutation and natural selection, but I hardly think that’s what they mean. The Ninja Turtles have mutated within their lifetime. Maybe on their own planet they’re also aliens… maybe. I also question the other 3 letters. Will they be teenagers? How long lived are these aliens? Will they be Ninja? Maybe they’ll learn martial arts by snooping in on earth transmissions and watch ninja movies. Finally are they turtles? Are we suggesting some sort of convergent evolution at play here? Is an alien from another planet who’s less related to a turtle than I am from a mushroom really considered a “turtle”?

But then, Michael Bay has had wild success with the Transformers movies, a franchise that’s all about robots that aren’t actually robots, but aliens that happen to be kind of metallic and that turn into cars. But Michael Bay isn’t even directing this movie, so let’s not give him more credit than he deserves on this one.

Oh well. We’ll see in 2013 because I don’t know about you, but I’ll probably see the movie anyway.

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