Though, one thing most fans quickly agree on, and are in favor of, is the return of Corey Feldman as Donatello, who voiced the character in the first and third movie, and whose vox has been imitated and used as inspiration for the character ever since, even in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series currently airing on Nickelodeon, and the CGI TMNT from 2007. Some people have even mistaken those various takes on the character as Corey Feldman.
While some of the other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice actors have called Ninja Turtles a major misstep, Corey has publicly defended the reboot, and is in favor of it, even if he's not asked back. But he'd certainly like to return.
And, just as Peter Cullen returned to voice Optimus Prime in the Transformers trilogy, it looks like Michael Bay is listening to the fans, as he so often does, when it comes to getting Feldman back in as the purple masked brainiac with the bo staff.
We recently caught up with Corey Feldman, who has revealed that Michael Bay and he have become social acquaintances. And that they are in "communications". No formal offer has been made just yet, and as Feldman tells it, the decision lies in the hands of director Jonathan Liebesman.
We showed Corey Feldman our petition to have him return as Donatello, alongside the Workaholics (Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm) as the other three turtles ()
Here is his positive response.
Corey was then asked if he has been keeping up with the latest Ninja Turtles news, and the fans very outspoken response to every little detail that gets announced.
He deserves incredible [recognition] for doing that work. I think that everyone can sit there and pick things apart. They can question it. And they can point fingers. They can say its never going to be good enough. They can say it is never going to be this, or that it's never going to be that. But at the end of the day, it is a tried and true recipe. It's a tried and true formula that he has created. Which is taking these films, or these genres from the past, and breathing new life into them. And he has done it with a great deal of success.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake that he did, which I thought was brilliant. The Transformers franchise. I think he has done an incredible job with that. I think people need to stop questioning the integrity of these creative ideas. The way that he is doing it? He has a formula, and that formula seems to be working. I think, at the end of the day, whatever he comes up with, people will be pleased to see it. I think it's going to make a ton of money, and we will be happy. People should just cool their jets for a moment, and let him do what he does so masterfully."
We want Corey Feldman back as Donatello. If you do too, then make your voice heard. Tell Michael Bay on his Forums. His ears are open.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to theaters August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Danny Woodburn. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.