Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Scott Mendelson considers why the film remains so well regarded even when compared with today’s slicky produced comic book movies:
“The first wave of would-be superhero films that followed Batman were period piece superhero stories adapted from source material that kids didn’t care about . . .
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a relatively new property, adapted for the first time on the silver screen, stemming from source material that kids of that era were actively interested in. In that sense it trumps even Tim Burton’s Batman.”