24 years after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first kicked ass on the big screen, the heroes of the half shell have finally been given a welcome worthy of their pop culture status. Whether it's the nostalgia factor at work once again, a really good case of brand synergy with Nickelodeon Movies at the helm, or just the good old Michael Bay touch, this long dormant franchise is looking to make another run at box office glory. With a sequel already greenlit for 2016, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing the end of the franchise just yet. Of course, anytime you think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you're really thinking of the co-creation of Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.
Initially created as more of a parody of the comic market's state in 1984, they would turn into a more serious multimedia empire three short years later. The rest, as they say, is history, and pieces of that history were discussed in Kevin Eastman's recent AMA session on Reddit. If you've ever wondered why Michelangelo seems to be the star of the show, or which comic titans the Turtles could face off against (rights permitting), then you're in the right place. So order some Dominos pizza, cue up the ninja rap of your choice, and dig into these four fascinating facts about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Kevin Eastman Does Play FavoritesAsk any creator to choose a particular work from their complete canon that they value above the rest, and you stand a 50/50 chance that they'll either give you an answer, or they'll say that they don't "play favorites." Kevin Eastman is one of those creators that does play favorites, and he was pretty generous in answering several "favorites" themed questions that were launched in the space of the hour long session. For starters, his favorite side character ("human-wise," in his words) is Casey Jones, who has a rather interesting creation story himself.
Originally the character was intended to be more crazy than Raphael. The story idea was to introduce someone crazier than Raphael to make him calm down a little bit.
To what degree that's worked is something only the fans can truly judge, but Eastman is eager to have his hockey-masked vigilante included in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, as well as his two favorite villains: Bebop and Rocksteady. As for his favorite Ninja Turtle of the four, it was a no brainer!
Michelangelo is my favorite turtle. He was the first ever drawn. Even though it's hard to pick, he is my favorite.
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