Let's be honest: the recent live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn't all that well-received. Not many people seemed to enjoy the turtle's strange new look, the awkward pacing or the film's surprisingly generic story. Then again, it doesn't matter what people thought of the movie, because it ended up grossing roughly $485 million worldwide.
With success like that, a sequel was inevitable: there's no way Hollywood execs are going to turn down that sort of opportunity. But, before you remember that Firefly only got one movie and TMNT now has two, there is a silver lining here: the film's got a new director in David Green, and there's a chance he could really turn things around. After all, one of the complaints about the first movie was that there just weren't enough TMNT characters in it, but a number of characters from the original show have been confirmed to make an appearance in the sequel.
Thankfully, it looks like the first film's most egregious omission has finally been corrected: the first photos of Casey Jones just hit the Internet, and TMNT fans should definitely be happy with the results.
While it's unfortunate that the Turtles themselves still look like the giant, muscular alien freaks of the first film, Casey Jones looks awesome. Purists may scoff at the lack of the TV incarnation's long hair, but the mask is spot-on and he's got a hockey stick...which is more than some fans thought they'd get. Fans will have to wait until the movie debuts to see if Stephen Amell will actually act like Casey Jones - but you can rest easy and know that, at the very least, he'll look the part.
It's clear that the team behind the film is consciously trying to bring more familiar TMNT staples to the second film: Bebop, Rocksteady and Baxter Stockman were all a huge part of the show, and all three of the villains have been confirmed as a part of the sequel. Casey Jones was one of the Turtles' biggest allies, and from what fans have seen, he looks amazing. There's definitely a chance that the TMNT sequel won't be any better than the first, but at least it looks like the producers are trying.
Who knows - maybe the sequel to the TMNT reboot won't be quite as painful to sit through...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters on June 3, 2016.