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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is currently filming in New York State, and the first video from the set has made its way to the media. Judging by the video below, the Michael Bay flare that made the first film so (in)famous is still alive and well in the forthcoming sequel.
WKBW, an ABC affiliate in Buffalo, NY, shared a video they saw on Facebook in which an eager fan shot footage of some sort of chase fight taking place on the highway. Central to this video was a huge explosion that lit up the night, leaving motorcycles and other vehicles either stranded in or escaping its wake. The fan video captures this event in most of its glory, though sadly cuts away from the scene just as the explosion starts, only to come back in mid explosion. Not funny, Mr. Whedon... not funny.
While the clip is short, it promises the same caliber of action that the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film showed its fans during its box office reign last summer. With $485 million in box office receipts, the 2014 reboot surprised even its staunchest critics with its success, and it looks like the budget for the 2016 sequel is reflecting that success in its practical effects usage. While this isn't exactly going to win over those who are extremely critical over the more modern version of their past childhood glory, it should comfort the fans of the newer films that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is looking to live up to the adage of going big instead of going home.
Of course, this isn't the first filming report we've heard from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 camp, as a scene was previously filmed with some NBA stars at Madison Square Garden, and the possible title of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Half Shell was leaked by accident. The cherry on the turtle sundae though is that Casey Jones has been revealed in a rather bad-assed costume on the set, with the equally badassed Stephen Amell of Arrow fame playing the man behind the hockey mask. With a release date penciled in for next June, this is the sort of stuff we should be seeing from the production. Still, we're eagerly awaiting the answer to one of our biggest questions involved with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: who is Laura Linney playing, and how in the world did they land her?
With the only exceptions of X-Men: Apocalypse the week before, and a bunch of other films releasing the weekend after, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 looks like it's getting ready to grab all the money it can on June 3rd, 2016.