Before production began on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, it was announced that iconic characters Casey Jones, Bebop and Rocksteady were going to be included in this sequel. While shooting was under way, rumors then surfaced that another character, Krang, will also be featured. This was later confirmed, with Portlandia star Fred Armisen voicing the iconic cartoon villain. As we get closer and closer to the June 3 release date, a clip and eight new TV spots have surfaced which give us another exciting look at Krang inside his metal host body Kraang.
After super villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: The notorious Krang. While we don't get to see much of Krang in these TV spots from the TMNT YouTube page, we do get to see his face briefly, as Leonardo slices off what appears to be one of Kraang's metal arms. A new clip has also surfaced, which teases April O'Neil's (Megan Fox) first meeting with Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), who saves her from a group of foot soldiers.
We also get another look at the Turtles' leader, Splinter, who offers these heroes some sage advice, along with Baxter Stockman, who reveals that every human has animal genes. Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) all return to reprise their roles as the Turtles, along with Megan Fox (April O'Neill) and Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick). Tyler Perry has come aboard to play Baxter Stockman, alongside Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Brian Tee as Shredder and Brittany Ishibashi as Karai. Laura Linney also joins the cast as a law enforcement officer.
Dave Green (Earth to Echo) directs from a script by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. The screenwriters also wrote last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which took in $485 million worldwide from a $125 million budget, and they also wrote the 2011 blockbuster Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, which was released by Paramount. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is slated for release on June 3, putting it up against Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Stopping.
It's possible that Ninja Turtles 2 could put up even bigger numbers than its predecessor, but we'll have to wait and see. With the addition of fan favorite characters like Casey Jones, Bebop & Rocksteady and Krang, this sequel could lure in more hardcore fans from the original comic books and animated series, which could lead the way for more sequels and even possible spinoffs, but nothing has been confirmed yet. While we continue the countdown towards the June 3 release, take a look at the clip and the latest TV spots below.