9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters We Want on Film

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters

When the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie came out in 1990, many young fans were kind of pissed off. Sure, it was a good movie – still easily the best in the franchise – but where were the fan favorite characters? Where were all the strange creatures, aliens and sidekicks who populated the popular 1987 animated series with which so much of the target demographic had already been growing up? The problem only got worse with the two sequels – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time – which failed to include any of the classic (or at least nifty) other characters, and even replaced fan favorites Bebop and Rocksteady (a mutant Warthog and Rhinoceros, respectively) with crappy also-rans Tokka and Rahzar.

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And now we have an all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and they’re once again only fighting The Shredder and his Foot Clan. Sure, he’s their arch-nemesis, but hasn’t the time come to expand the universe of the movies the same way the TV series and comic books did so successfully over the years? We hear that Bebop and Rocksteady might come back in the sequel, but here at CraveOnline we wanted to do our part by reminding the filmmakers of all the biggest or at least most interesting figures in the mythos they can, and in some cases probably should, bring to the big screen if the new movies does as well as they obviously hope it will.

Some of these are pie in the sky fantasies, some of them would actually make perfect sense in the universe, but here they are regardless: The 9 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters We Want on Film.

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William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline’s Film Channel and the host of The B-Movies Podcast and The Blue Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.