Michael Bay: The New Ninja Turtles Are Aliens

NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo during the lighting of the Empire State Building green to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 23, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Leonardo Photo: Amy Sussman/2009 Getty Images

Pop quiz! In the following quote, is Michael Bay describing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Poochie from The Simpsons? "These turtles are from an alien race," Bay said recently at a Nickelodeon event. "And they're going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable." Okay, well, it would appear that Bay was talking about the Ninja Turtles, seeing as how he used the word turtles and also happens to be producing their upcoming big-screen reboot. Then again, the Ninja Turtles aren't supposed to be aliens ... they're mutated turtles, which is made clear by the word mutant in the name of their clan. Is Bay messing with the backstory? Should he change the name to Teenage Alien Mutant Turtles? Is that acronym too close to TAINT? So many questions!