Turtle Bits: Movie Title Possibly Changed as Splinter Gets a New Face

The past week has offered up quite a bit of interesting TMNT movie news, so rather than focusing on one particular tidbit, why not touch base on everything in a long overdue Turtle Bits!


Earlier this week, it was revealed that the new Ninja Turtle movie might have received a title change when a CinemaCon presentation unveiled a logo featuring the words “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” As of yet, the title change remains unconfirmed, but it would seem odd to produce a logo for the film at this point which doesn’t accurately reflect the actual title. While stranger things have happened, a recent interview with Michael Bay seems to suggest that the title change might not actually be happening.


Michael Bay Cinemcon TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesWhile he seemed to be avoiding the question a bit, when the interviewer posited whether or not the title was still “Ninja Turtles,” the filmmaker’s response was a simple “yeah, yeah.” This is far from a confirmation and we aren’t sure exactly when the interview took place, but it does call into question whether or not that new logo was actually correct. As with most rumors, we’ll just have to wait and see what they do in the end. It’s worth noting that during this interview, Bay was sure to point out once more that this isn’t his movie – he is only producing it, Jonathan Liebesman is directing. As the famed Transformers director puts it, “The director makes the movie.”


Speaking of the film, yet another interesting casting choice was made recently when Danny Woodburn was chosen for the role of Splinter. With cast members like Alan Ritchson and even producer Michael Bay recently talking about how lifelike this new motion capture CGI is, the choice to bring on this well known actor as the turtle’s iconic sensei is a rather interesting one. As casting news continues to flow in, we can start to actually formulate some idea of what the characters might look like, which is obviously very exciting.


Few fans have made any complaints about this casting choice, as Woodburn has plenty of experience in the film industry, having recently performed in films such as Mirror, Mirror and Watchmen. Considering how vocal the fans have been about Megan Fox and the boys brought on to play our beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s nice to see that in this case, the fans seem to be happy with the choice that was made. Sadly, most of you are still pretty upset about everything else that has been revealed about the film and we still don’t know quite how it will turn out. What do you think? Is there reason to be hopeful for this movie again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior

Zach Gasior is an author and English professor at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana. His short stories have been published around the world, and he has two non-fiction books in print. He has contributed articles to several different sites, and has been a fan of the turtles since he was two years old, and his favorite ninja turtle is Raphael.

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