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Donatello appears in the 2014 action film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles portrayed by Jeremy Howard. Corey Feldman has stated he would be 'eager' to return to voice Donatello before Howard was cast. In this film, Donatello is once again the brains of the team and relies heavily on high-tech equipment and gear. Physically Donatello is slimmer than his brothers and wears glasses. His personality in this film is very calm and measured. He was also given a much more nerdy portrayal than in previous adaptations. He uses on his missions a computer pack he constructed with a sensor and analysis visor.
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The tallest and smartest of the Turtles, Donatello relies heavily on high-tech equipment and gear. His unmatched intelligence is a huge asset to his Brother, who rely on him for all of their technical needs. Sporting his purple bandana, and a bo staff slung across his back, Donnie is brains and brawn, all in one package.
Like his brothers, Donatello started out as a small turtle hatchling being used for scientific research in the laboratory of Eric Sacks. He was regularly injected with mutagen that gave him increased strength and healing.
After April O'Neil freed the Turtles and Splinter, they began to rapidly grow in size and intelligence, both of which were comparable or greater than that of humans. For the next fifteen years Donatello spent most of his life in the sewers with his brothers and adoptive father, where he was taught the art of ninjutsu. His preferred weapon was a bo staff, which he added retractible ends to at a young age, allowing him to more effectively strike with it.
Along with his brothers, Donatello fought and defeated a squad of Foot Clan warriors who were about to execute hostages at a subway. Afterwards they were found by April, now grown and a TV reporter, who fainted upon seeing Michelangelo. Donatello took care of her until she revived, indicating that he may have the most first-aid skills.
When the Turtles were ordered to retrieve April for her own safety, Donatello achieved this by hacking her computer and commanding her to meet them at a certain address. However, the explanation of their origins by Splinter was interrupted by an attack from the Foot Clan, which April had unwittingly led there, and Donatello fought off several enemies with tranquilizer guns. He fought to defend his home and his family, but was forced to surrender when the Shredder threatened Splinter's life. From there, he was captured along with Michelangelo and Leonardo and taken to Sacks' mansion.
Along with Michelangelo and Leonardo, Donatello nearly died when the blood was drained from his body in order to harvest the mutagen. However, he was able to tell April to dose them all with adrenaline, and the sudden burst of energy allowed the three Turtles to break free of their cages. Newly energized, they rejoined Raphael and set out to stop Shredder from detonating a chemical weapon in the heart of New York.
Like his brothers, Donatello had limited success fighting against Shredder, but their tag-teaming attack - similar to the game "buck buck" that they had played as children - eventually proved to be an effective tactic against the armored villain. Donatello was called on to disarm the chemical weapon, which he did with only a second to spare. At the end of the battle, believing that they were all about to die, Donatello's confession to his brothers was that he was the one who kept licking the icing from Pop-Tarts and putting them back in the box.
Having reclaimed some of the mutagen, he and the other Turtles headed back home and were able to heal Splinter. They later met up with April again, and Donatello proudly showed off the van he had customized according to their needs.
Donatello spent the next two years refitting a large garbage truck into a customized combat vehicle, outfitted with multiple weapons including giant nunchaku, fired manhole-covers, and flames spewing from the sides. When the brothers set out to stop Shredder from escaping from a prison convoy, Donatello was the driver, and often directed his brothers in what buttons to push and what to deploy at what time, although he was distracted by the unfinished nature of the vehicle.
He was later given a sample of the purple ooze by April, and began analyzing the alien substance to discern how it worked. In the process, he discovered that its mutating properties could be reworked to allow the four brothers to become human at least in appearance. However, his enthusiasm for the idea was quenched by Leonardo, who declared that they were not going to use the ooze, and swore him to secrecy about its properties.
After Michelangelo and Raphael learned of the ooze, Donatello was the only one that Leonardo brought on a mission to a museum that Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady had broken into. At the museum, he found traces of neutronium inside an artifact, and came to the conclusion that whatever Shredder was assembling had the ability to open a portal between dimensions. On the way home, he and Leonardo were called to police headquarters by Michelangelo, and were seen by the police as they fought the Foot Clan there.
Before anything could be done about this, the Turtles had to leave for Brazil to prevent Bebop and Rocksteady from reclaiming an alien device. Donatello tracked them onto a returning Foot Clan plane, which he accessed by leaping from the cargo plane they were currently on. When Rocksteady accidentally shredded the cockpit, Donatello was forced to try to land the crashing plane safely, using his electrified bo to control the plane's descent.
Upon their return to New York, the portal opened and the Technodrome began to emerge. Donatello surmised that the Turtles - who did not possess human cardiovascular systems - might be the only ones able to survive the atmosphere around the war machine, and that using the purple ooze would allow them to move freely in the above world. Like his brothers, he was torn and apprehensive about the idea, until Raphael smashed the vial of purple ooze.
Instead the Turtles offered an alliance to Chief Rebecca Vincent, in order to stop Krang from assembling the Technodrome over New York and taking over the world. Donatello fought Krang along with his brothers, while attempting to locate the beacon that was calling the pieces to Earth. Once Michelangelo secured the beacon, Donatello attached it to a flying drone and sent it back through the portal, which drew the pieces of the Technodrome after it.
Along with his brothers, Donatello was given a key to the city in front of the NYPD, but chose to remain a secret from the larger world.
- Named after early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor from Florence
- He's the scientist, inventor, engineer and technological genius of the group
- Natural aptitude for science and technology
- Figures out how things work
- Often speak in "technobabble" - lots of tech slang
- Cannot get April to notice him
- Extendable Bō staff
- Utility belt
- Wrist-mounted holographic projector
- Tech gear backpack
- Multi-frequency antenna
- Mobile med gear
- Splinter and the Turtles were laboratory experiments, much like in the IDW comics origin story.
- Donatello wears tortoise shell glasses.
- Donatello's face is based off of Leonard Nimoy.
- In the 2016 film, Donatello has an Japanese/European SNES gaming system controller strapped to his arm.
- He wears a retainer.
- In the first film the turtles are 15 years old, as the video footage April watches is dated 1999, and Eric Sack's mentions that he's spent the last 15 years trying to replicate the results from the lab, thus making them 15 years old in the first film. And since "Out of the Shadows" takes place two years later, that would make the turtles 17 in "Out of the Shadows".