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The recently announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot – aka, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – has finally debuted the first trailer.
We see the typical animated action that we’ve all come to know and love from the Heroes in a Half Shell, including the reintroduction of Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello.
Traditionally, Leonardo takes the role as team leader, as many of you will know. However, for the purpose of Rise, Raphael is now the team leader, throwing what every fan knows about their favourite anthropomorphic ninja turtles and flipping it onto their head…or, in this case, their shell.
Added to this, the Turtles long-time ally, April O’Neil, has been reimagined as an African-American girl, the first time in the franchise’s history.
Rise also reimagines the turtles as different species as well; Raphael is now a snapping turtle wielding twin tonfas; Leo is a red-eared slider who uses a ōdachi sword; Michelangelo is a box turtle with a kusari-fundo, and Donatello is a soft-shell turtle with his traditional bo staff.
Raphael, the eldest and biggest of the four brothers, assumes the role of leader full of enthusiasm and bravado. Leonardo is shell-full of irreverent charm as the self-professed ‘cool’ brother. Donatello is the team’s mechanical and technological genius – in-keeping with his traditional characterisation. Michelangelo, being the youngest of the four brothers, is the slacker skateboard-type and an artist.
As if things weren’t already jazzed up enough, the turtles have also been bestowed with magical powers – yeah, I know – that the team will be able to use in their quest to defend New York City, as well as the mystical city that lies beneath.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will premiere on Nickelodeon later this year, and will feature the vocal talent of Omar Miller as Raphael, Ben Schwartz as Leonardo, Josh Brener as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith as Michelangelo, Kat Graham as April O’Neil, Eric Bauza as Master Splinter, and John Cena as the villainous Baron Draxum.