Michael Bay ruffled both nerd and non-nerd feathers recently with his decision to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles for the Platinum Dunes remake. There was outrage. Outrage that has now been followed up with aging the turtles up so that they are no longer teen-aged. Bay maintains that it will provide the characters with a rich back story. Given his track record, however, it seems like a lame back story. Let's also assume that one of the turtles now exclusively speaks in rhyme.

Point being, this switch up in their mythos is wholly unnecessary and will only end as a mess. This is nothing new in the world of movie adaptations. Writers and directors are always providing small, unneeded tweaks to help make the projects stand apart from their earlier iterations. In some cases, it's even welcomed. But in the case of Ninja Turtles it's entirely unnecessary. Why not just make a movie about alien ninjas if you want to pervert the name recognition so badly?

Look at the below films and take notes, Mr. Bay, before you put more of your bad touch on the turtles.


Tim Burton took Batman's arch nemesis The Joker into deeper arch nemesis-y waters with his take on the character in 1989's Batman. In the film, Batman's origin stays true to the classic storyline... for the most part. Yes, his parents are killed before his eyes by a mugger when he is just a boy. This sets Bruce Wayne on a path for vengeance, training and developing technologies to take back the streets of Gotham as the Caped Crusader, Batman.

In the original storyline, it's a thug named Joe Chill who slays the Waynes. However in Burton's take it is Jack Napier, who will later become The Joker, that pulls the trigger thus creating the Bat.

Spider-Man 3

In order to create the dark Spidey for Spider-Man 3, filmmakers had to do something to bring out Peter Parker's anger. They chose to draw this rage from the mild-mannered photographer by rewriting the history of the sh*ttiest moment of his life -- the murder of his Uncle Ben.

This version of the story sees Flint Marko, the man who becomes Sandman, as the partner to the carjacker who killed Peter's beloved uncle. This sets Spider-Man on a path for vengeance that places a heavy burden on him when he gives in to his most violent impulses.

Also, the alien symbiote suit arrives to Earth via a meteorite that practically lands in Peter Parker's picnic basket. Weak.

X-Men: First Class

When filmmakers put together the story for X-Men: First Class they encountered an immediate issue -- there wasn't a role for Jennifer Lawrence. Well, that simply would not do, so they tweaked Mystique's back story to make her younger. They also decided to make her Charles Xavier's tiny home invader/surrogate sister.

This is a departure from the comics as we were never privy to Mystique's awkward teenage years. Hence her being mysterious and all.


Based on the true story of the MIT team of card counters that took down Vegas, 21 took some creative license with the characters. For one, many members of the original team were Asian. Additionally, in order to sex things up, a male team member was re-imagined to be Kate Bosworth, who would provide the romance arc with the film's non-Asian lead, Jim Sturgess.

This isn't to say that the film completely ignored the team's heritage. They did cast a few Asian actors to help round out the team. Sadly, they were really there to provide nothing more than goofy, comic relief.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

It's fair to say that G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a revisionist take on the world of the Joes. Needing to inject some kind of drama beside good guys disliking bad guys, Stephen Sommers' script re-imagines a past relationship between Duke and the Baroness (who has since been brainwashed and made to do evil things like melting the Eiffel Tower, which as we all know is Earth's best tower. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also needed a good reason to show up besides the money, so Cobra Commander was reinvented to be the Baroness's believed-dead brother.

These connections are far more soap opera than the original comics and cartoon where the only back story you needed to know was that bullets come out of the pointy end. And lasers.


In an attempt to add depth to the Hulk, director Ang Lee messed with his childhood. Making the film equal parts summer action tent pole and a meditation for repressed rage, Lee's version saw Bruce Banner as the Hulk. His father, David Banner, had experimented with his own DNA and accidentally passed his strange traits on to his son. When David has a falling out with his bosses, he flies into a fit of rage and accidentally kills his wife. His young son bearing witness to everything. These memories are repressed and only come to the surface years later, after Bruce is exposed to the gamma radiation that transforms him into the snarling green behemoth.

The Social Network

The Social Network begins with Mark Zuckerberg being called out by Rooney Mara for being an elitist prick. She dumps him, causing him to storm off to his dormitory and invent Facebook as a means of revenge. He's highlighted throughout the film as being a lonely douche who women won't look at sideways until he becomes successful.

However, in truth, Zuckerberg was with his longtime girlfriend at the time of the events depicted in the film. In fact, he's still with her.

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