Early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Concept art reveals Krang and More

We already knew the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action film went through a few (dozen) rewrites along the way, and some new concept art offers a peek at the very different movie this could have been.

Conceptual artist Tsvetomir Georgiev (Green Lantern) has released some concept art he created for the Michael Bay-produced film, revealing characters who most definitely would not fit in the final script. Among them: classic baddies Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady — all of whom look weirdly awesome. Seriously, that Krang design is halfway terrifying.

There’d been rumblings during development that the original story heavily featured Dimension X, which would make room for a lot of these characters that were left on the cutting-room floor. There were also reports that the Turtles’ origin was tied to Dimension X (hence the alien confusion), and some additional pics offer up very different versions of Shredder (including a very Boba Fett-esque design) and some even weirder Turtle designs. As if those faces could look any more bizarre.

Obviously, they chopped all this stuff out to go with a more paint-by-numbers origin story that focused in on Shredder as the key baddie, but here’s hoping they’ll embrace the weirder side of the franchise with the pending sequel. Because, c’mon, who wouldn't want to see Bebop and Rocksteady in live action? OR those super terrifying Krang!! on the big screen!