(Getty Images | Paramount)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
has sparked some of the most heated nerd arguments of the year due to the redesigned turtles, but weird noses or not, long-time fans can't help but follow the movie's development. On Thursday, TMNT
stars Megan Fox
and Will Arnett
joined creator Kevin Eastman, director Jonathan Liebesman, and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Here's what we learned.1. They Went Back to the Creators
Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller went back to creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to flesh out their version of the Turtles. And they still seemed sort of in awe of Eastman at the panel. "The first call we made was to Kevin Eastman," Fuller said. Form added: "The poor guy sat there for hours while we peppered him with questions." For his part, Eastman was psyched to be a part of the process. "They brought me in from day one. They wanted to make the best Turtle movie they could."
2. They're Playing Up the Leo/Raph Power Struggle
The panel opened with some footage that showed an expanded version of the rooftop scene we've already seen in trailers. This time we get to see Raphael chaffing at Leonardo's leadership, and Michelangelo and Donatello are both like, "Here we go again."3. The Lady Villain You Might Not Know About
In the panel's opening footage, April O'Neil finds herself in a New York subway station taken hostage by a group of baddies led by a lady with a red streak in her hair. Her name is Karai, and fans of the '80s show and 1990 movie might not recognize her because she wasn't introduced in the comics until 1992. She's usually a high-ranking member of the Foot Clan, and that seems to be the case here.4. Everyone Likes Michelangelo the Best
When the panelists were asked by one fan to name their favorite characters, Will Arnett, Megan Fox, and creator Kevin Eastman all named Michelangelo. "They're all like my children," Eastman said, "but he's the first one I drew."5. The Action Looks Amazing
Thanks to the marvels of modern motion capture technology, these turtles don't look like CG cartoons when they're fighting. They have weight and heft and when they hit something, it looks like it hurts. With Michael Bay producing, maybe we shouldn't be surprised. Regardless of how you feel about the new Turtle designs, their fight scenes look incredible.