The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles origin story paid homage to that of Marvel's Daredevil

Splinter is also based off of Daredevil supporting character, Stick

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 13, 2018 at 6:29 a.m. PST

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are being released as DLC fighters for Injustice 2 today (if you own Fighter's Pack #3 or the Ultimate Edition). Their announcement caused quite a surprise for fans.

This series is one that has a lot of fans behind it. Everyone tends to have a particular turtle that they find themselves relatable to. For me personally, I'm a big fan of Leonardo's disciplined nature.

So how did Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird come up with this concept? It actually started off as a joke. Eastman just randomly decided to draw up a picture of masked, nunchuck-wielding ninja turtle.

Upon showing it to Laird, they both had a laugh at the concept. Laird then supposedly drew an even cooler version, which then prompted Eastman to try and top his sketch.

This concept was never intended to be more than a joke. Eastman even noted that they thought of the whole thing as the "dumbest thing ever."

Eventually though, this would end up becoming their next comic book project after the completion of their first Fugitoid story. Here's some of the originally sketches that came about:

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The two decided to draw inspiration from Frank Miller's Rōnin and the Daredevil series. You might realize that there are similarities with the Ninja Turtles' and Daredevil's origin stories.

A young Matt Murdock would push an old man away from the collision of an oncoming truck, thereby saving him. As a result of this, however, Matt would be blinded by the radioactive isotope spill from the truck.

While he lost his sense of sight, the effects of the radiation replaced this sensory faculty with the ability to perceive things like a radar. You could almost say that he was ultimately mutated.

Apparently Eastman and Laird concluded that the canister that affected young Matt in this way also struck another individual who was carrying a fishbowl with four baby turtles inside. The container and turtles were knocked into a sewer.

These reptiles were then found by a rat that was once a pet of the exiled ninja warrior, Hamato Yoshi. This rat, later known as Splinter, would also undergo mutation due to the exposure.

Splinter's name is also a reference to a Daredevil character who fulfills a familiar role. Matt Murdock would receive training from an individual known as "Stick" that would allow Daredevil to fight against crime.

Just like Stick, Splinter would teach "his sons" exemplary fighting skills. I'm sure somebody has gotten a splinter from a stick before...

Despite the references to the Marvel universe, it is somewhat ironic now that they are appearing alongside D.C. characters like Batman and Superman in Injustice 2. This isn't the first time, since the Ninja Turtles have had crossover comics with Batman before.

Source: The Week.

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