T-U-R-T-L-E power is back this Friday when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the sequel to the 2014 reboot of the TMNT film franchise, hits theaters. The likeably unlikely team of crime-fighting mutants returns — with friends both old and new — to battle some familiar faces and encounter newer, intergalactic threats.
We sat down to talk all things “Turtles” with Out of the Shadows director Dave Green (Earth to Echo) and stars Stephen Amell (Casey Jones), WIll Arnett (Vern Fenwick), Stephen Farrelly (Rocksteady), Tyler Perry (Baxter Stockman), and Gary Anthony Williams (Bebop). You can catch a super-cut of our interviews in the player below.
While all remembered the Turtles fondly, it was Green, Perry and Farrelly in particular who named themselves personal fans of the comic books and cartoons that started it all.
We asked Stephen Amell how he took on the role of hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones, who fights crime as a member of a team rather than its leader (as he does on his CW series Arrow), while Will Arnett talked about exploring his character Vern Fenwick’s discomfort with his new role as New York City’s savior.
Though there are a few similarities to the 1992 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Paramount Pictures’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows breaks new ground in featuring Baxter Stockman’s first cinematic turn as a major character, and the live-action film debut of cartoon favorites Bebop and Rocksteady.
Perry confessed his portrayal of Stockman was inspired by a real-life science hero, while Williams and Farrelly joked about how far they’d go to understand the animal counterparts to their on-screen characters Bebop and Rocksteady.
Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael again take on their lethal nemesis Shredder (Brian Tee) after he escapes police custody and joins forces with an even bigger villain: the warlord from another dimension, Krang (voiced by Brad Garrett). They’ll need the help of April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and newcomer Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) to face off against Shredder, who drafts scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and henchmen Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) to help him and Krang defeat the Turtles and take over the world.
You can check out the dimension-spanning, martial arts mutant mayhem when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens nationwide on June 3.