Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Take the Stage at SDCC 2018

Information and pictures courtesy of Bleeding Cool on-site reporter Madeline Potts: 

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leapt from the shadows today at San Diego Comic-Con. Their panel revealed a lot of the details for the upcoming show to tide hungry TMNT lovers over until the air date.

First and foremost, Kat Graham will be voicing the beloved April O'Neil. She will be the first African American to have the role.

Voice actor Eric Bauza made it clear that there will be some changes in the classic characters. Splinter will be more aloof than ever before, which is a contrast to the stern-but-loving father figure we've often seen from the character in the past. The Turtles themselves will be genuine teenagers this time around, which also contrasts the tendency for the characters to come off as more emotionally mature adults. Both of these alterations could inject some additional freshness into this franchise.

There was a lot of talk of the villains. John Cena will be among the voice cast, and he will be voicing Baron Draxum, a mutant who claims to be the protector of all mutantkind. A number of voice acting mainstays such as Tom Kenny and Fred Tatasciore will be a part of the cast, voicing "Alberto" and "Repo Mantis" respectively. The Foot Clan, featuring characters voiced by Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche (is that Hun in there?), will be returning, and we will have more creature-feature villains like Hypno-Potamus, voiced by Rhys Darby, Warren Stone, voiced by John Michael Higgins, and Ghostbear, voiced by Jorge Gutierrez, rounding out the rogue's gallery.

The series airs this September 17th on Nickelodeon. We have snapshots below for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of Madeline Potts, and Entertainment Weekly is currently the best place to see the trailer. Click here to watch it.


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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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