Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the newest incarnation of the Ninja Turtles franchise, won’t debut on Nickelodeon till later in 2018. Nonetheless, photographs from the brand new present have been revealed, displaying radically totally different character designs and a peek on the first African-American portrayal of April O’Neil (Kat Graham).
In response to a synopsis, the sequence “follows the band of brothers as they encounter new allies and villains and uncover a mystical world they by no means knew existed beneath the streets of New York Metropolis.” Based mostly on the character artwork, which you’ll be able to see beneath, it seems to be like the magical world they uncover will turn out to be useful. April’s glowing baseball bat seems to be fairly harmful.
The pictures additionally present simply how totally different this sequence goes to be. The artwork type seems to be not like another incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For one, there are some modifications to their customary weaponry. Raphael (Omar Benson Miller) has traded his sai for tonfa, Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith) makes use of a kusari-fundo chain weapon, Leonardo’s (Ben Schwartz) typical sword is traded out for an odachi sword, and Donatello’s (Josh Brener) bo had gotten some excessive tech upgrades.
Raphael and Michelangelo’s weapons are particularly fascinating. These turtles utilized the tonfa and kusari-fundo whereas coaching within the comics, earlier than turning into the heroes in a half shell that followers know effectively. Maybe, this model of the Ninja Turtles is one thing of a prequel to the franchise followers know because the turtles uncover their personalities.
It will certainly assist make sense of their roles on the brand new present. In Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raphael is the chief of the workforce, whereas Leonardo–who usually guides his brothers–is the self-proclaimed cool turtle. Maybe they’ve but to mature into the heroes they ultimately grow to be.
The pictures additionally embrace a take a look at Splinter (Eric Bauza), although no data is given about this tackle the turtles’ sensei. Lacking from the character artwork is Baron Draxum, a villain in the series voiced by John Cena. With loads of time earlier than the sequence premieres later within the 12 months, although, that’s certain to return in due time.