Zack Snyder’s Real Redemption Arc Can be an Entirely Different Comic-Book Franchise That Deserves a Dark Adaptation

Zack Snyder's dark, deconstructive take on superheroes might be perfect for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot

Zack Snyder’s Real Redemption Arc Can be an Entirely Different Comic-Book Franchise That Deserves a Dark Adaptation

SUMMARY

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would make the perfect reboot in the hands of noted director Zack Snyder.
  • While the property has lately become more geared towards kids, the studio will do well by returning to its roots.
  • The Last Ronin can especially prove to be perfect for the 300 director, considering the setting and the themes involved in the storyline.
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Zack Snyder has worked with several graphic novels and comic book properties in his storied career. Be it 300, Watchmen, or Superman,  Snyder has made a career playing director to some of the grittiest comic books out there. Now, there seems to be another property that will serve his filmmaking style and can redeem him for mainstream comic fans.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might have been excessively sanitized and child-friendly, the original comic book, written as a parody of superhero fiction, was a dark and gritty story that could fit Zack Snyder’s style of films splendidly.

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TMNT was originally a dark story, and recent stories have been going back to it

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, perfect for Zack Snyder
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin

When TMNT first began publication with Mirage Comics, the story followed four turtles mutated via a secret mutagen, who were after the notorious villain Shredder. The comic was pretty well received, with its dark themes and gritty atmosphere, gaining somewhat of a cult following. However, as time passed, the property found success as a more PG-13 property aimed at teenagers. The recent live-action outings with Michael Bay were aimed at a teenage audience, but there is not an opportunity for Snyder to pick up the pieces for a live-action reboot.

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One of the most celebrated storylines to come out of the Turtle-Verse was the alternate universal, post-apocalyptic story of The Last Ronin, where the Shredder systematically takes out all but one of the turtle brothers, who embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge against the iconic villain. Such a storyline would not only fit Snyder’s taste in films but fit very well with how he treated the DC Universe.

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Zack Snyder could do  a lot with the franchise

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

While the property is in great hands with Seth Rogan (who has produced shows like Invincible and The Boys), Snyder, should he get a chance to work the property, can do a lot with it. A live-action version of the story might be the way to go for Snyder, given how the director has proven his worth with the Knightmare sequences in his DCEU, an animated offering from the director might be without peer.

While TMNT has tried darker animated outings with films like TMNT (2007), Snyder could not only improve upon the aesthetic but also break down the characters as he did in the DCEU, especially in a setting like The Last Ronin. Snyder could also construct an original story adjacent to what is already done in the comics, which is sure to be a delight for fans.

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Anuraag Chatterjee, Web Content Writer
With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.