Now that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is in theaters and fans are going to see it in droves, everyone is wondering what they can expect next. After all, it didn’t take the studios long to announce that there will be a sequel to this new TMNT movie. As of writing this, the film has earned over $150 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful Ninja Turtles movies of all time. Having produced numbers like these, it’s no wonder that they’ve elected to go forward with a sequel.
Shellheads all over the internet are now starting to talk about what they want to see in TMNT 2. With some reports suggesting that director Jonathan Liebesman and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have already confirmed that some of our favorite characters will be making an appearance, we may not have to wish for much. That being said, there really hasn’t been any confirmation of new character appearances in the sequel, and we’ll just have to hope that the people behind the film will give us what we want. But what do we want? Well, here are five familiar faces we’d like to see in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2!
1. Casey Jones
While it was nice to see Vernon Fenwick played by Will Arnett, I think we’d all like to see someone else hitting on April O’Neil. Vernon is kind of a scumbag, but he’s not the same kind of character that Casey is. April needs someone to fight off who isn’t necessarily a co-worker, and it wouldn’t hurt if he was capable of helping the Turtles out every now and then, much like he does in Nickelodeon’s series. Don’t get me wrong, Vernon did help out (a little) in the new movie, but I think we can all agree that it would be much more awesome to see someone wielding a hockey stick and baseball bat! (preferably not the Jose Canseco variety)
2. Baxter Stockman
Despite the fact that he was supposed to star in the first movie, we didn’t see much (if any) of him after all. It would be nice to see Baxter (and perhaps his mousers?) make a comeback in the sequel. He doesn’t necessarily need to be turned into a fly, but he was a pretty big part of the TMNT lore and it wouldn’t feel right to leave him out unless there was a good reason to do so. Even if he doesn’t make an appearance in this sequel, don’t forget that William Fichtner once revealed that he had signed a contract for three films, which means that Baxter could still appear in the third movie if there’s no room in the second.
3 & 4. Bebop and Rocksteady
We need to see The Shredder come back strong with his own mutants, and there’s at least a chance that he still has some of the mutagen. Perhaps he should use that mutagen to create two fan favorite bad guys? It would be nice to see their characters built up a little bit (as it would appear that they are doing in the Nickelodeon series), but even if we don’t know too much about them, I’m sure the fans would still enjoy seeing them rampage around New York City.
Whether it’s just based on Krang from the original animated series or they choose to tell the story of the Kraang trying to take over the world, this would be a good time to introduce the character. At the very least, we could see The Shredder desperately needing mutagen and turning to Kraang for help. Perhaps he would make an appearance at the end of the film, setting up the third installment and getting everyone excited for even more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action at the box office. Whether he’s the main attraction or a set piece for the next big movie, Krang should probably show its ugly face in the location where the turtles that the Krang hates are located. (see what I did there?)
With a release date of 2016, we won’t have long to wait to find out where they choose to take this movie, but I’m sure it’ll be just as interesting of a ride as it was the first time around. My only hope in regards to that ride would be that the studios do a better job of releasing information and teasing the fans with trailers, on set pictures and concept art. When Shellheads are left to their own devices, some wild rumors can start to circulate that might just end up hurting the image of the TMNT overall, and no fan of our heroes in the half shell wants to see that!
What do you think? Who do you want to see in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2? Are you also hoping that the studios will do a better job with PR this time around? Let us know in the comments below or sound off in our forums!