Fans pitched a fit when they learned that William Fichtner was playing the big bad Shredder in Michael Bay's reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For starters, the character is originally Japanese, something William Fichtner can't claim to be. Then, it was revealed that Shredder's origins were being changed. He was no longer Oroku Saki, a Japanese warrior seeking revenge. He was instead an American named Eric Sachs. This would have introduced a reimagining of the character never seen before. But now, thanks to a photo shopped image from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles full-length trailer that debuted early this morning, it seems it may have all been a ruse.
In the trailer, William Fichtner is seen talking with a shadowy, bald headed figure. Eric Sachs tells this mystery man that he is going to upgrade his armor. The scene then cuts to Shredder in a massive suit of blades that has been updated for the new movie. So, is this man who likes to linger in the shadows actually Oroku Saki? Are we seeing the original Shredder fight Splinter in this latest footage. Take a look at the doctored photo, which reveals his face. Is this guy Japanese?
The Outhousers, the site responsible for the touched-up image, point out that Wikipedia has removed Shredder's name from William Fichtner cast entry, simply calling him Eric Sachs now. Though the actor has talked about becoming Shredder in interviews, perhaps he was lying to throw people off the scent. Or maybe the original Shredder was brought back in during the movie's extensive reshoots. That leaves the question, will there be two Shredders? Or is Sachs Shredder's apprentice of sorts?
What do you think of this? Are you happy that Oroku Saki might actually play a role in the movie? Has the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailwer swayed your opinion on the movie? Or do you still hate this thing?
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