According to my daughter, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of this summer’s movie look like “someone pooped into a turtle shell, pooped a head, and then they filled that head with old teeth”. We’re so proud.
I don’t think I’ll tell her how much more terrifying it could have been. Or maybe I will. I’m a terrible person.
Anthony Francisco was asked to make some sketches for the project in 2011 and recently shared them on his Facebook page. These are what could have been, which appears to be a focus on the turtle aesthetic and less about the anthropomorphic qualities of the characters. The shells are held on the back without use of a front shell plate and the limbs are elongated, alien-like. The face is just straight up turtle with Zoolander cheekbones and beady eyes. Their muscle-building regimen appears to be the same one followed by Hugh Jackman for The Wolverine and their costumes the same ones the crazy guy downtown pulled from the dumpster behind Dollar General. The crotch zone is nearly nonexistent. Thank Godtopus for small favors.
Instead, we got these: