How would I do Ninja Turtles? Spoiler The Look of the Turtles is the foundation. They must be equal parts badass ninjas and ridiculous saturated cartoon characters, evoking the same sense of ironic dissonance as Chucky or Pennywise, the realism should be in the textures and practicality, all of which turns further when these incredible warriors turn out to be teenagers, and not 80s children's teenagerss, but fun, dumb, messy, silly, angsty, girl crazy, but still 'a good kid' teenagers like we see in Spider-Man Homecoming or Stranger Things. In short, they must be nothing less that teenagers, mutants, ninjas and turtles, with everything that name implies. They each should have their own look, Leon clean and simple, Mikey with a lot of accoutrements, Raph cloaked or shrouded, Donny dressed oddly like a normal guy. They have different builds and skin tones, different bandana designs, move and speak distinctly, but most importantly, they each have their own narrative, their own arc and story, just like the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, or Dodgeball, or any other team-action-comedy, which is precisely what this is. So instead of just developing Leo and Raph, all four of the brothers get explored equally, because they are part of a whole, part of a real family. This also is why none of them are the 'main character.' That honor goes to none other than April O'Neil, as both the audience POV and the best vehicle for the coming of age story and the family acceptance story since she can have the biggest change, from foster kid who misses her late scientist dad, to an honorary Ninja turtle. That gives our movie heart and fun, and so we need to cast it. Modern mo-cap allows one actor to do everything for a turtle, but it also allows multiple performers in one character. Imagine Jet Li's fighting with Nolan North's vocal performance? Now, it's not likely you can get movie stars to give up their faces and voices, and Nolan's not the best to voice teenagers, but that's okay, because you want your physical actors to have chemistry with your April actress, and so you want younger stuntmen and actors, people who have proven great action chops, even if not great acting chops, get the best of both worlds. Save Shredder for the sequel, of course, instead use mad scientist Baxter Stockman, and the whole scientific partners had a falling out with him and Dr. O'Neil practically writes itself. So, with all that said, here's my cast and overview of my TMNT Film. "Ninja Turtles: Teenage Mutants" Cast April O'Neil: Hailee Steinfeld Leonardo: Ryan Potter & Johnny Young Bosch Michaelangelo: Noah Ringer & Vincent Martella Donatello: Taylor Lautner & Khary Payton Raphael: Brandon Soo Hoo & Crispin Freeman Hamato "Splinter" Yoshi: Ken Watanabe Baxter Stockman: Jeffrey Wright Ivan "Rocksteady" Steranko: Brock Lesnar & John DiMaggio Anton "Bebop" Zeck: Booker T & Phil LaMarr Dr. Kirby O'Neil: Jeff Daniels Casey Jones: Dylan O'Brien Fight Coordinators (or at least inspirations): Jackie Chan & Samo Hung - a fighting style that involves seamless fusion of multiple allied fighters, along with lots of physical comedy and dramatics while weaponizing the environment. Director: Duncan Jones Music: Alan Silvestri Act I: April O'Neil is a foster kid and finds something from her father, which leads to her investigating some stuff to do with his work with Baxter Stockman and ends up almost getting killed by some thugs only to be rescued by a mutant turtle, but it's not clear which one, and when she wakes up in the sewer, they are all blaming each other, and Splinter allows her to stay after it turns out the thugs are staking out her place. The turtles are full of energy and attitude, and she hits it off with Mike and Donny, though Raph and Leo are more standoffish in their own ways. Eventally they all discover that Dr. O'Neil and Baxter Stockman are behind the creation of the turtles, and Stockman when they go to stop him, they end up giving him what he needs to create more, starting with Bebop and Rocksteady. Act II April begins training with Splinter, living with the turtles, there's Mike and his practical jokes, and he longs for a real party. Donny cooks, and does lots of tinkering and gadgeting, and he is really not sure what he wants to do or be, signified by him not yet choosing a signature weapon over the basic staff, and worries a lot about being found out, and being accepted by others. Leo is hard trying to be the perfect student and Raph has more of an existential crisis, why me and a lot of anger on being treated like a freak when he rebeled and went out as a younger kid. In time, Leo comes to help teach April and Raph comes to protect her as a sister by the middle of the film when she has a run in with Casey Jones and soon after, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Baxter's equipment goes out of control, trapping him with a fly and mutating him into a mutant fly, spurring him to do even bigger and more destructive things. After April's foster family is run out of town, her father's safehouse and its work destroyed, Mike is injured by Rocksteady, Donny is captured and put on the news, and Raph and Leo come to blows, April feels its all her fault and runs away, like she always does as Baxter works up his big plan to mutate the entire city into mutant animals. Act III The turtles are all apart and wallowing in their pain. Leo tries to meditate, Raph goes vigilante on some thugs looking for info. Donny tries to bargain with Baxter, who cares not, while Mike is unconscious as Splinter reflects on his failings as a teacher. April ends up running into Casey who points out that those guys are like her brothers, and realizing what her father said about new family, she runs to bring them back together, finding Raph and heading to the sewer to mend Raph and Leo's relationship, teaching them both to let go a bit. Mike wakes up and tells them what he remembers from Baxter's location and they all head to stop him and rescue Donny. Lots of action happens, April learns to be a real ninja by faking that she knows how to be a real ninja, tricking Baxter into turning the other way. Donny decides that he's cool the way he is and wrecks shop with his staff, helping his brothers find him using his tech skills and the four brothers wreck shop on the building security and attempt to take down Baxter, but even though he has no training, his eyes and agility make him as hard to hit as a fly would be for a normal turtle. Meanwhile, April manages to elude Bebop and Rocksteady stealthily, tricking them into breaking the path into Baxter's machine she then gets them to chase her back to the turtles, who then, while protecting April, who is working on a laptop on Donny's back to deactivate the machine's countdown as the turtles fight Baxter and Bebop and Rocksteady and end up trapped into the machine's transformation tube. Baxter cackles and the energy thing goes off, but April has reversed the polarity, and like in Superman 2, it's Baxter and Bebop and Rocksteady who are back to normal and the turtles emerge from the chamber and swiftly KO them. The city is saved, and in the end, April returns to school, coming home to the sewer to learn ninjitsu and teach the brothers how to read or something. FIN Sequel - "Ninja Turtles: Shredded Cheese" Splinter's old nemesis returns as The Shredder, blanketing New York City in a gripping crime wave powered by the Foot and their tributary gang, The Purple Dragons, which Casey infiltrates as the turtles find themselves, their home and their brotherhood taken apart as Shredder recovers Stockman's technology and uses it to make a female turtle, Sophonisba or 'Sophie' that infiltrates the turtles as no one else can. Only April's friendship with Shredder's daughter Karai that can save them... or will it doom them instead? April, in a yellow uses a staff while Donny uses a Naginata spear temporarily and Sophie uses a Tessen, which she gives to April in the end. Also, Shredder just drops a buttload of mutants on them in the end for a big sprawling fight scene. Oroku "Shredder" Saki: Will Yun Lee Sophonisba: Sophia Boutella & Grey Delisle Hamato "Karai" Mira": Karen Fukuhara Threequel - "Ninja Turtles: Multidimensional" The source of Shredder's resources is revealed, higher level aliens playing on our playing field, all bets are off. Shredder and Splinter back to back taking on waves of alien robots. Michaelangelo mutated into a human. Raph coated in a black shroud, left for dead but playing home alone inside the technodrome. Leonardo lost in Dimension X alongside a rabbit samurai. April meeting her alt universe counterparts. The turtles end up regrouping again, this time all with their traditional weapons with all red bandanas, because they've all mastered ninjitsu to that level, and the audience knows them well enough to tell them apart without color coordination. April gets up to 'green belt' alongside them. Splinter probably dies. Krang: Benedict Cumberbatch Miyamoto Usagi: Rain & Steven Yeun Metalhead: Iko Uwais & Alan Tudyk So pretty much that.