John Cena voices villain in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #TMNT

WWE Superstar John Cena is getting into character by voicing original villain Baron Draxum in Nickelodeon's brand-new 2D animated series "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".

Voiced by Cena, Baron Draxum is an alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City, who is the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind. Using ooze, he plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, so getting the opportunity to voice a character, especially the villain Baron Draxum, is truly special," said Cena.

Cena’s recurring character will debut in the premiere episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, later this year on Nickelodeon.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City.

The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagines the iconic series and breathes new life into the classic characters, with jagged-shelled Raphael as a snapping turtle, wielding twin tonfas as his weapons; Leonardo as a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword; Donatello as a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff; and Michelangelo as a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo.

The Turtles also hold distinct personality traits and skills:

  • Raphael, as the oldest and biggest brother, is the leader full of enthusiasm and bravado. 
  • Leonardo, the self-professed coolest brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart. 
  • Donatello, is a mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding. 
  • Michelangelo, the youngest brother, is a skateboarder and artist who is wild and imaginative.

Along for the adventure is the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker, and Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles.

Official Teaser | Nick Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Series

The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.

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  1. I think kids would enjoy this show.
    Of course, I think the early show was amazing, but this show looks enjoyable too.
    Right now, there's so much hate coming from the fandom of this show that I don't want it to reach to the children. It's a show for them, not for the teenage and grow up fans.