Someone has to be. The first film earned enough to warrant a sequel and there's hardly been a year since the concept — originally from comic creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird — broke into the mainstream that there hasn't been a Ninja Turtles cartoon, toy, stage show, game or comic book.
The thing is quite popular. Popular enough that the sequel will feature Beebop and Rocksteady, two characters from the original animated series. And if comicbook.com is quoting Rolling Stone correctly, another cartoon favorite will be joining the cast. In the article, producer Michael Bay takes a video conference with visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman to discuss "the latest version of Krang."
In the cartoon, Krang was an exiled and disembodied mad genius from Dimension X. He allied with the Shredder in the hopes of making a new body to inhabit. Over the course of the series, Krang and Shredder's banter became one of the best things about the show. Rolling Stone describes the character as "a new-to-the-movies villain who is, essentially, a disembodied brain inside a giant robot."
Helman mentioned they removed the tentacles from the most recent design. The cartoon Krang had two arm-like protuberances in roughly arm-like spots on his brain. Bay, however, had some problems with that look, as told Helman, "I just don't want them coming out of the side. He looks like a stupid octopus."
If the movies continue to utilize more of the established characters, maybe there will be room for the Rat King or Metalhead in the inevitable third film … with a few alterations to suit Bay's tastes, of course.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens on June 3rd.