Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where in a bit of ‘shell shock’ when the official movie poster was shared on social media on Tuesday. EOnline reported on July 29 that the new poster has been removed due to its use of “9/11 imagery.”
The poster that was shared via Paramount Pictures Australia’s social media account shows the Ninja Turtles falling from what appears to be a burning skyscraper. Did we mention that the turtles live in New York and that the release date for TMNT in Australia is Sept. 11.
Who thought it would be a good idea to pair a September 11 release date with images of an exploding building? Really, how did no one catch this?!
Twitter users, to no one’s surprise, were able to put two and two together fairly quickly. Many took to social media to express their distaste for this horrible mistake. One user tweeted, “Prepare to gasp at the most poorly judged poster and date combo imaginable…”
The poster has since been taken down. There has been no word from Paramount Pictures Australia, but the release date has remained the same.
The remake of this late 80’s/early 90’s classic, takes place in New York where the evil villains Shredder and the Foot Clan have taken over the city. The four heros, Raphael (voiced by Alan Ritchson), Leonardo (voiced by Johnny Knoxville), Michelangelo (voiced by Noel Fisher) and Donatello (voiced by Jeremy Howard) rise from the sewers to take their place as New York's unlikely guardians, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Ninja Turtles pair up with reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox)l and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city.
The movie is due to release in the US on Aug. 8. Check out the trailer here.