Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Trailer No. 2
Those who plop down to see "Amazing Spider-Man 2" this weekend will get a special surprise, courtesy of a brand new trailer for the forthcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot (in 3D, no less). And while this trailer isn't 100% new, the stuff that is new is pretty insanely cool.

This new trailer starts off very much like the original teaser, with William Fichtner, playing the man who would be Shredder, bemoaning the fact that the city has fallen victim to crime. We get the same shots of urban chaos, with the same voice over. But then... a new twist: shots of each of the four Turtles, named, of course, after famous Renaissance painters: Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. And their new look is pretty startling. Anybody who knows the Turtles knows who is who, but these Turtles are also very different -- more humanoid, less cartoon-y, and thanks to the wizards at Weta (who are also providing the motion captured marvels of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), bulkier. We love how many layers of stuff each Turtle seems to be wearing (Donatello has some crazy backpack and hipster nerd glasses, for instance, and Michelangelo has some Tibetan prayer beads).

There are also brand-new shots in the trailer of Shredder, looking menacing and huge, and Splinter, their mutant rat teacher and father-figure, who is seen from behind and has maybe the greatest moment of the trailer when he swings a sword around.

While we reserve final judgment until a longer trailer drops, since for all of the jaw-dropping visuals in this elongated trailer, the actual storyline still seems a bit unclear. But we're wildly optimistic for the movie, especially with the involvement of Megan Fox, an underrated performer whose capacity for both dramatic and comedic range is sorely in need of exposure.

The heroes in a half shell (turtle power!) will get their big screen unveiling on August 8.