Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Creator Doesn’t Want Seth Rogan to be Intimidated

In two years, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will celebrate its 40th anniversary. What started as a satirical indie comic has blossomed into a major franchise with tons of different reboots. Over the weekend, series co-creator Kevin Eastman spoke with IGN on the legacy of the franchise and voiced out to Seth Rogan, who will reboot the Turtles once again in an upcoming movie. His words? “I don’t want him to feel intimidated.”

Eastman made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 over the weekend to promote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, an upcoming collection of classic games in the franchise. After speaking with IGN about his experience working on the games (with some focus on that pesky water level in the NES game), Eastman took a moment to focus on the beauty of TMNT’s unique reboots. IGN representative Kat Bailey mentions the upcoming Seth Rogan movie ‘focusing on the teenage aspect’ of the characters and asked for his reaction. Eastman answered with the following.

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“Well, I’m a huge fan of Seth Rogan and I’m excited to see what he does… When Pete (Laird) and I did the first comic book, they were teenagers. They were aged fifteen when they first went above ground, doing battle, and doing the good that they were trained to do and fight crime. So they’ve always been teenagers, thus ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’… We see different versions of it. But I love that, whether it be Steve Barron and Jim Henson with the very first movie, to Kevin Munroe with the 2007 movie to what Seth Rogan is going to be doing in his movie to see his vision as an artist, and a storyteller, in capturing what he loves about the turtles into life, and that’s what makes it work, what makes it unique and special. So I’m very excited to see what he does.”

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Eastman was later asked about the possibility of his own involvement in the upcoming movie. He responded with no but stated he was open to the possibility if Rogen desired his input. To him, that was actually a good thing!

“I have not spoken to him, and that’s also awesome because I do feel like different parts of the Turtles, different universes that Nickelodeon would bring me to work on. The comic books for example, of the animated TV series. I worked most recently on the 2012 series and some on Rise. And sometimes that they want the creator that’s … Like the Turtles versus Batman. That was something that was unique, and one director’s vision and they didn’t need me. I did a couple drawings and sketches, but otherwise it was done on their own. And so that’s what I think is special. Because I don’t want him to feel intimidated or think that if he asks me a question, I tell him, ‘Well, you should do this,’ that he should do that. It’s his vision and his idea. And I think that’s, what’s personally exciting to me and I think that’s, what’s going to be exciting for the fans when they finally see the movie.”

One detail that makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so unique as a franchise is that it embraces its differences from other giants. Whether you grew up with the gritty original 80’s comics, the whacky and kid-friendly first cartoon, the more sci-fi oriented 2012 series, or even the more mystical and magical Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there is always something for you here! Eastman embraces the variety in the different generations of Turtles, there’s always room for more in the Turtle family… just be sure to order enough pizza!