Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues its Michael Bay-produced reboot effort with the addition of a recognizable cast member as a (somewhat) recognizable character. According to a report surfacing on ComicBookMovie, Academy Award-winning actress and The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg has been cast as the perpetually irate boss of Megan Fox's April O'Neil at Channel 6 News.
Photographs surfaced recently showing Goldberg leaving the New York set of TMNT, wearing a large, seemingly-electrified wig. However, CBM's source has apparently come across the identity of Goldberg's character, revealing her to be Bernadette Thompson, who is described as "an editor at Channel 6 News." The character (should the news prove legit,) would without a doubt be a nod to a character from the 1987-1996 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, Burne Thompson, the stout, shouting male boss of TV reporter, April O'Neil. Interestingly enough, this character would not be the first nod to the classic cartoon, since comedic actor, and star of the newly-resurgent Arrested Development, Will Arnett is already on board as April's cowardly, conniving colleague, Vernon Fenwick. In fact, one of the more memorable inter-character dynamics on the classic show depicted Vernon sycophantically hanging around Burne, constantly trying to curry favor for any kind of journalistic advantage over his competition with April. It may be the case that this dynamic could be mirrored in the film between Arnett's Vernon and Goldberg's gender-swapped "Bernadette" character.
This, along with several of the other nods to the vintage show which a generation grew up watching could be taken as another sign of goodwill from Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman after the film's disastrous P.R. debut when Bay implied that the Turtles would be "aliens." The comment set the Internet into an unquenchable blaze of hate, and had seemingly lost the purists before a single scene was shot. Now that the movie is in production, things aren't looking quite so bleak and even the Turtles co-creator and initial naysayer, Kevin Eastman has gone on record regarding Michael Bay's handling of his franchise saying that, "He’s been nothing but amazingly respectful." In fact, Bay has recently stated that he "misspoke" in the "aliens" comment and affirmed that the fearsome foursome would NOT be aliens.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a purist-centered title that also came as a result of drama,) is set to bust out of a septic-saturated sewer to hit theaters on June 6, 2014.