There's a new live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming to screens next year, and it's being produced by Michael Bay and the boys at Platinum Dunes. Normally that would be enough to send a fanbase into a rage, but then Bay went and dropped this nugget:
"When you see this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie. These turtles are from an alien race and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely lovable."
From an alien race? Oh no, this completely flies in the face of a terrible cartoon show from 20 years ago (and a pretty good black and white comic from 30 years ago)!!!
Of course people have flipped their shit in a way that makes me cringe slightly. Yeah, making the Turtles aliens seems pretty stupid, and a gross misunderstanding of the actual title of the property, but this is a property about martial arts turtles who live in a sewer and eat pizza. That began as a parody of X-Men and Daredevil. Holy writ it ain't.
But wait. It seems to me that Michael Bay is actually correct when he talks about aliens being involved. Because if you were a real Turtles fan, you would know that TCRI, the place from whence the mutagenic ooze came, was actually a secret base for alien Utroms. And the Utroms were represented in the cartoon show by Krang, the little pink squishy guy in a big robot exoskeleton. Which means that Krang is probably the baddie in this movie. So maybe the film is skipping the accidental mutating and making the Turtles mutated by TCRI, or maybe he's talking in a bigger picture sense in that the whole film is about the Turtles discovering their origins - which is the original storyline of the original Mirage Comics version.
Sometimes it's weird when fans get mad.