I got some shocking news a week ago when one of our readers brought it to my attention that Micheal Bay is planning a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. When I read a few articles and discovered that he’s changing the origin story from “baby turtles are mutated by radioactive sludge” to “something something something ALIENS!” I became enraged.
Then, after the fiftieth time I read someone’s comment stating that Bay had ruined his/her life, I started to feel silly for getting so worked up. Bay can direct what he wants, say what he wants, stand on top of a pile of Turtles fans and take a giant-robot-testicle-sized dump all over them if he wants, but nothing Bay accomplishes (or fails to accomplish) can go back in time and erase what we’ve loved for three decades. We’ll always have the first movie and original TV series. Besides, this isn’t the first time Turtles fans have dealt with ridiculousness. Have we forgotten Turtles III? Coming Out of Their Shells? Venus de Milo?
Actually everyone has forgotten about Venus de Milo, but I digress…
My point is that I think we fans have a tendency to be…fanatical about someone making changes we don’t like to a property we love. I’ve read a lot of exaggerated statements like “He’s ruined my childhood!” “My memories are never going to be the same!” and “He needs to die!” No, he hasn’t; yes, they are; and that’s debatable. Guys, is it so radical to suggest that we just ignore this? Of course I think it’s fine to be against these kinds of changes, and it’s also fine to voice that opinion, but I don’t think that legions of overzealous fans acting as if the world has ended is going to have the desired effect of Hollywood being sympathetic or even taking our concerns seriously. I think that our time could better be spent drawing attention to the movies and directors out there that deserve our respect, and not giving people like Micheal Bay any more publicity or “buzz” than he deserves (which is none).
Are you tired of all of this hubbub and think everyone should move on? Do you think I’m wrong and that we should scream about these injustices until…something happens? Sound off in the comments!
Bonus: Coming Out Of Their Shells! (Skip to 2:03)