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Stephen Amell knows a thing or two about portraying established, hugely popular characters. Not only has the 35-year-old been playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow for four seasons now, but he also is soon making his debut as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, too. In order to fit into the current Turtles universe Stephen Amell’s incarnation of Casey Jones had to be slightly altered, though, and now the Canadian actor has detailed these changes.
Stephen Amell discussed his new version of Casey Jones while talking to Screen Rant, admitting that they were made to fit his origin story as a corrections officer. Stephen Amell explained:
I think what we got to do with this Casey Jones is we got to give him a little bit of an origin story. He’s a corrections officer. That explains a lot of why he looks different than a lot of the iterations of Casey Jones that we’ve seen before. It wasn’t just, ‘We want him to look this way.’ It was an actual decision based on the fact that he’s a corrections officer who wants to be a detective in The New York City Police Department, and so he can’t have long, scraggly hair and cutoff sleeves…yet.
Stephen Amell’s remarks suggest that the comic book and cartoon version of Casey Jones could ultimately arrive on screen in the future. However, that will rely solely on the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, which is looking to match the $493.3 million box office total of its 2014 predecessor, while at the same time, hopefully achieving slightly better critical reviews, too.
Stephen Amell will certainly have his work cut out making his mark in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows. That’s because it’s full of various other iconic characters from the franchise’s illustrious past. Not only is Stephen Amell’s version of Casey Jones debuting, but we also get our first looks at Tyler Perry’s Dr. Baxter Stockman, Brad Garrett’s Krang, as well as Bebop and Rocksteady, who are voiced by Gary Anthony Williams and Sheamus, respectively.
It doesn’t stop there, though, because the original film’s villain Shredder (Brian Tee) returns, too, meaning that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows is teeming with established characters that fans will be hell-bent on seeing treated in a fresh but still respectful way. You’ll get to see if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows can do just that when it’s released at the end of this week, on June 3.