What if Time Warner purchased the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" rights?

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  1. James Harvey

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    With the release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DLC to Injustice 2, now seems like a fun time to posit a hypothetical. Simply, what if Time Warner bought the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise instead of Viacom?

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    What do you think we would have seen? How do you think the animated series and/or movies would have played out? Would we have seen a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet Scooby-Doo movie? Who do think they would have gotten to make a new live-action film for the big screen? And what about the comics - the TMNT remain in their own universe, or folded into the DC Universe?

    Share your thoughts and ideas! Don't be shy! Let's hear them!
     
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    Well, no Ninja Turtles cartoons on Nickelodeon, that's for sure :p.

    We probably would have gotten a Batman/TMNT animated movie adapting the book, though that would probably have come out from DC rather then IDW (assuming IDW still has the comic rights) :).

    I don't think DC would tried to have the Ninja Turtles exist in the same continuity as other DC heroes. There's just too much mythology and importance to the Turtles being in their own universe in my opinion. But boy would we have seen some crossovers :rolleyes2:.

    Depending on when the acquisition would've happened, I'm not sure what WB/Time Warner would've done with the show from a cartoon standpoint. I don't think a Ninja Turtles cartoon would fit with the current Cartoon Network :shrug:.

    If WB was developing Turtles live-action movies? Well, maybe they would be marginally more succesful with them compared to their efforts with the DCEU...
     
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    Nothing more than a crazy fever dream but if it happened, well that last 2 live action movies didn't too well from what I read (haven't seen them) and I haven't watched any of the cartoons. I don't know if WB can do a better job with a live action but an animated movie - hmm, that avenue would be worth exploring. Still I see it as a parallel universe with a cross over every so often.

    I'm more of a Mirage purist. But everyone once in a while, I look at the comics IDW Publishing is working on and they've created a really cohesive, interconnected, layered universe that draws from just about anything in the franchise's past while still forging on with new stories like Splinter in charge of the Foot Clan and Triceratons trying to relocate back to Earth after winning their freedom. And they have an interdimensional teleporter in their arsenal... I'd like to see the IDW stuff adapted either in animation or live action.
     
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    Well it would be fitting since the first three movies were released by New Line Cinema & TMNT was released by WB. But I'm fine with Nick holding the Rights of the Franchise since it relaunched the franchise on a whole new way.

    Course I know WB wants a Batman/Ninja Turtles a thing, even if it'd have to be co-produced by Nick.

    On somewhat off topic, I've met Kevin Eastman a Couple times.
     
  5. Light Lucario

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    It's certainly an interesting what-if thought. The live action movies might have fared a bit better, assuming that they got different people to work on it than what happened. I don't know if they would have jumped into making an animated series as fast as Nickelodeon did, or at least start another one so soon after their first one was finished. WB usually has more breaks in between even their Batman animated series, so it might have been a longer break between their TMNT series.

    I also doubt that they'd try to fit everything from the TMNT into the DC universe. It would be pretty hard to try to justify that and even seeing the trailer for the turtles as DLC for Injustice 2 was really weird. The idea of fighting as one of the turtles against DC characters is neat and probably one reason why they went with it, but trying to say that they're in the same universe would be a huge stretch. We'd probably get some crossovers at least and that team up with Batman would be given an animated special/movie treatment.
     
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    You can thank the IDW/Batman Crossover for that.
     
  7. hobbyfan

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    @Frontier: IDW still maintains the comics license for the Turtles. I can't see why they'd give that up.
     
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    It might be possible that in the near future Viacom/ Nickelodeon might be willing to sell the TMNT franchise and rights. Viacom is in bad shape and a forced merger with CBS might not happen so if Time Warner wanted it badly enough and offered enough Viacom might sell it. Thing is, Disney would also have a stake in TMNT due to its connection to Daredevil and Disney is seldom outbid.
     
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    Maybe more comic books, a TMNT fighting/adventure game by NRS, a show on Toonami and a live action trilogy.
     
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    As cool as a TMNT show on Toonami sounds, I seriously doubt that would have happened if Time Warner got a hold of the license. If they can't get a DC animated series on the block, I don't think a TMNT series would be possible, especially when DC does cater to its older fanbase with the animated direct to DVD movies. TMNT is much more firmly seen as a kids franchise and I don't think that they'd want to risk changing that by moving it to a block aimed for adults.
     
  11. Daikun

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    What time frame would you give for TW to acquire the Turtles? Would it be in the early 2000s (thus preventing the 4Kids series from being made) or more recently?
     
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    Even though I find the show very overrated I think the 4Kids show still needs to happen so I personally wouldn't change the timeframe, just switch out Viacom for Time Warner at that exact time. However that means that the last cartoon would maybe not happen which is a shame since its easily the best TMNT ever to date. It's a difficult question because if you switch out Viacom for Time Warner you risk losing the IDW comics and the Nick cartoon both of which are basically the Turtles at their best.
     
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    Mirage didn't sell the rights to TMNT till 2009 when Peter Laird was retiring and the 4kids show was ending, so they couldn't have sold it in the early 2000's.

    It seems like Nick placed the highest offer which was $60 million to Mirage to buy the franchise. Disney and WB might have asked a lower asking price so they didn't get it. Overall though I'm fine with it, the 2012 Nick cartoon was excellent and the current IDW TMNT comics would have never happened if DC owned the franchise.

    Likewise DC's recent live action movies have been poor and their current cartoons have gone all comedy or kid-oriented (besides whenever Young Justice Season 3 comes back), so I'm fine with them not getting.
     

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