This coming fall, Nickelodeon will start airing the third TMNT animated series, dubbed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not many details have been released officially regarding the series, so in an effort to inform you, ninja turtles fans, i gathered in this post all the information that i can find regarding the upcoming show.
Below is the second part of this series of articles, if you have not read Part 1 yet you can do so by clicking here.
You cannot have a Ninja turtles show without April. In this series, Miss Oneil is neither a reporter in a yellow jumpsuit, nor a lab assistant to Baxter, instead she is a 16 years old teenager who lost her family and feels more comfortable with the turtles than with her high-school friends. According the to the producers, the reason behind April’s age change was due to the fact that it felt weird that a grown young woman will hang out with 15-16 years old boys (the turtles).
young April still lives above an antique shop, much like in the Comics and 2k3 animated series version. She is also been “officially” described as “sensitive to the universe vibrations”, something that Splinter sees in her and decides to train her to be a Kuno-Ichi (female Ninja), so we can assume that this April O’neil will not be the damsel in distress that she was in the orignal cartoon series.
The hot headed vigilante known as Casey Jones will join the series in its second season. Not much is known about him, except that he is an 18 years old boy.
Confirmed via a banner shown by Playmates in last month’s Toy fair 2012 (see above), the mutant alligator, known as Leatherhead, will show up in the upcoming series. Whether he will be an ally (like the Mirage comics and in the 2k3 series) or an enemy (like the original cartoon series) will remain to be seen.
The Ninja Turtles arch-nemesis will be the main antagonist of the new series. This version of the shredder looks menacing and vicious and will act as such. He is the leader of the Foot Clan, and considers Splinter his worst enemy as he blames him for the death of his true love. This Shredder has an adoptive daughter, named Miwa, that he loves dearly.
At this point we do not know if Miwa is this show’s version of Karai who was Shredder’s adoptive daughter in the 2k3 animated series.
In order to enhance his Clan’s power and technology, Shredder will later make a deal with a malevolent alien Race known as the Krang.
Not to be confused with Krang from the original series. The Krang in the upcoming show is not one individual but a race of malevolent aliens who have infiltrated earth a long time ago and are studying the humans in hopes of conquering the planet when they are ready, and making it suitable for their species. The krangs are the evil equivalent of the peaceful Utroms from the comics and the 2k3 series.
Much like the Utroms, the Krangs use robot bodies to walk and disguise themselves as humans. They have also the ability and knowledge to mutate animals and human beings with, what is called, a mutation chamber, and will, sooner or later in the series, create mutants to serve them and the Shredder.
The foot Clan:
The ferocious ninja clan oled by shredder plays an important role in the animated series. In the beginning of the series, the clan is made entirely of human ninjas, but later Shredder makes a deal with the Krangs, who agrees to enhance the foot with robotics, creating cyborgs and even full robot foot ninjas.
Fun Note: It seems the foot Clan will have the same Foot-like logo from the original 80’s tv series.
The evil scientist and creator of the mousers will show up in the upcoming show. Not much is known about this version of Baxter, except that he is an African american(like the comics and the 2k3 series) and will create the mousers robots to hunt down Splinter and the Turtles. A playmates banner of Stockman (shown above) was displayed during toy fair, showing him wear an advance techno suit.
The robot turtle will be introduced during the series. Besides his design (seen below) not much is known about him.
Dogpound, Fish-face, and Snake-weed:
These three new mutants are rumored to be part of Shredder’s henchmen. Not much is known about them besides the look we had at their toys from Playmates during the 2012 Toy fair.
The Rat king will be featured in the upcoming series! Besides that, nothing is known regarding this enigmatic character.
This is all for part 2 of this articles series. Look forward to part 3 as we discuss the Turtles vehicles and locales that will be featured in nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles animated series.