The Michael Bay-produced, live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer has arrived and focuses on their origin along with a little fun.

While we’re not clued in on the plot, we do know that the city of New York is under attack thanks to Shredder and his Foot Clan. “Heroes are not born, they’re created,” says William Fichtner (who plays Shredder) when referring to the inception of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “That’s what your father and I were trying to do. Create heroes.”

The trailer offers glimpses at Megan Fox who will play April O’Neil and Will Arnett who plays Vernon Fenwick. We also get looks at some of the turtles themselves, including one interaction between April and Michelangelo (voiced by Noel Fisher). Sadly, we don’t get a look at their headquarters or anyone eating pizza. Hopefully the next trailer will offer some looks at those iconic aspects of the series.

The cast is rounded out by Alan Ritchson (Raphael), William Fichtner (The Shredder), Whoopi Goldberg (Bernadette Thompson), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Danny Woodnburn (Splinter).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be released August 8, 2014. Judging by this trailer, it looks to be gritty with a decent mix of turtle humor. The synopsis reads:

“The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.”

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