The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has made four feature films and not one has seen an appearance from Shredder’s most popular henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady who famously appeared in the cartoon series. Finally, word has it today Paramount is righting their wrongs by adding the two characters to the sequel.
It was announced at Cinemacon during Paramount’s presentation which also had audiences checking out a not-quite-finished rendering of what the film’s villainous characters would look like. That image was released, but apparently an image of the character’s renderings had leaked a few weeks ago and some believe it was the same image shown at the convention. Paramount pulled the image from most sites when the leak occured, but we were able to find one to share. Check it out below.
Either way, it’s about time they added these two to one of the movies. They almost had the characters in the other TMNT sequel back in 1991, but instead were replaced by two crappy mutants called Tokka and Rahzar. Not because the studio was dumb and neglected what the current audience wanted but because the creators of the Ninja Turtles (Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird) didn’t want them to appear in the movie. So the studio had to come up with something else. Maybe I’ll actually pay to see the next one in theaters since Eastman and Laird have finally come to their senses.
But who were Bebop and Rocksteady anyway? The two were humans involved in a street gang when Shredder decided he needed more manpower to defeat the Turtles. This is what led to their mutation into a black rhino and warthog. The two gang members agreed to help Shredder defeat the Turtles but had no idea a mutation was involved in their agreement.
Whether this backstory is involved in the sequel set to hit theaters in 2016, we’re not sure. But you can bet they will be heavily involved in the plot.
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source: Comic Book