A collective groan was heard across the world as fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) found out yesterday on producer Michael Bay's blog that Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil in the forthcoming live action film based on the property.
Megan Fox is best known for assets beyond her acting ability. She previously starred in the "Transformers" series until being unceremoniously fired from the third film after insulting the directing style of Michael Bay in an interview. Her only major role since then was as the female lead in DC Comic’s “Jonah Hex” film, which is considered one of the worst modern comic book movies ever made. How she will tackle a brainy character like April O'Neil is unknown.
This is not the first time Michael Bay has shown his disgust for both fans and the property he is supposed to be bringing to the big screen. Last year the producer let slip that in his version the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be aliens. It is beyond the scope of understanding of most fans how one could make a TMNT film where the main characters are not teenagers, mutants, or turtles.
Michael Bay’s treatment of the "Transformers" franchise has also left fans of TMNT with a lump in their throat. As producer and director of the "Transformers" films it was Bay’s decision to totally reinvent the looks of characters that had been popular with the public for over twenty years. The juvenile plots of the films in the series also threw out pretty much everything in continuity that fans had come to like about their favorite transforming robots in disguise.
Between changing the entire basis that forms the foundation of the property and now hiring what many fans see as a weak actress with a pretty face for the main role Michael Bay has a lot going against him as he attempts to bring his own unique take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the screen.