First Look: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer

SARAH THOMAS
Last updated 13:35 28/03/2014

A first trailer for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has been released.

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The heroes in a half-shell are back. A first glimpse is out of the $125 million Michael Bay-produced reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to be released in August.

Bay, the master of big-budget, explosive action films with a back catalogue including Bad Boys, Armageddon and the three Trans-formers movies, backed down on plans to reinvent the crusading turtles as aliens after outrage from fans.

At the time, he said: "Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world."

In the newly released trailer, Megan Fox appears as reporter April O'Neil, with William Fichtner as the villianous Shredder.

It's the first time Fox and Bay have worked together since he fired her from Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2010 after she likened him to Hitler and said he was a "nightmare to work for".

Fox appears to be enjoying more of a comedic role next to these arse-kicking mutant bad boys, than as her all-action, breathless damsel Mikaela Banes during Transformers. And despite the turtles being introduced to the menacing music previously saved up for fellow green mutant Hulk, Bay has obviously kept these pizza-loving cartoon characters' sense of humour as the turtles reassure Fox that they're not scary, just wearing masks.

The trailer only lasts about one minute so Fichtner's Shredder doesn't really have the opportunity to be similarly unmasked as the villain.

Fichtner has revealed he has signed on to do three movies. Wrath of the Titans director Jonathan Liebesman will helm the first outing, which is being produced by Nickelodeon and Bay's production company Platinum Dunes.

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