Well, the first full trailer has arrived for Transformers: The Last Knight and, as is always the case, it’s pretty damned great.
However, the Transformers movies are always something of a gamble: great trailers don’t always make great movies, especially with Bay’s Robots in Disguise – the first one is pretty great, the second isn’t. The third one if pretty good, the fourth is dire. SO, going by that rule of thumb, this one should be good. Right?
The story seems, based on the trailers, to deal with the fact that Transformers have been coming here for a long time and there is a reason… it also has Optimus Prime returning (he flew off world at the end of the last movie) but he seems changed and in one scene is actually attacking Bumblebee!
There’s also a lot of damage in this movie, a world full of destroyed lives, no where is safe – not the home, the shops, the casino or anywhere. It’s dealing with the legacy of a war between humans and giant robots.
And once again, we are getting excited for a Transformers movie – always hopeful it can deliver.
But, after this hits next June, what’s next? Well…
Pproducer Lorenzo DiBonaventua says they have for the next two sequels and now that this movie is finished, they will begin to move ahead: “I think [six and seven] are probably the next conversation now that we really know where we’re headed.
“I think we have enough under our belt now to make that judgment. And we also designed the [writer’s] room that we can do standalone movies. So I think that’s always hard, to step away from an established sequence and go, ‘You know what? We’re just going to do a standalone movie!’
“So in that sense, we’re still digesting that kind of process. Does Transformers 6 have to relate to the five before it? That’ll be an ongoing debate right through making it, I’m sure.”
So we may have Transformers standalones? In fairness, the other movies didn’t really, stroywise, tie into each other, so this wouldn’t be a complete surprise.
The Bumblebee standalone will apparently be just that – a Bumblebee movie: “It’s Bumblebee’s story,” says DiBonaventura: “I don’t think you’ll see a lot more [Transformers] in it. We’ll see as it evolves. But in the treatment form? No.”
We’re also getting an animated Cybertron film which will be canon with this universe and will get into the history before the Transformers before they came to earth in the first movie: “It’s in continuity with the mythology, so, yeah. Our deep dive into Cybertron will have some continuity to that.
“There is a—I won’t say a relationship, but I’ll say it’s touching on relatively the same time period, so I think in that sense, there’s a direct relationship. We’re not trying to affect the animated movie, and the animated movie is not trying to mimic or take from [the live-action films]. It’s just we’re taking from the same general area.
“The animated movie is not Earth-based. That’s a Cybertron-based movie. But I think all of us involved, to keep it relatable, you need an Earth relationship to it. It’s not necessary, but I think we like it.”
Will there be other spin-offs? Possibly: “Yeah, you could [change the era]. For sure, you could do that. And we’ve examined—you could easily make an argument that in Roman times, you know, there were… That seems like a good period.”
Hmmm… why the broken sentence? What did he think would make the Roman times so interesting? Perhaps they mythology, the idea that giant robots were the true gods and monsters of the legends?
Interestingly, he says there is no word on the planned Hasbro shared universe – MASK, GI Joe etc – that has been reported on for a while now (here): “We’re keeping [Transformers] separate for the moment. “I don’t know if Hasbro, in their secret plans, have [crossover plans]. They’ve never brought it up.”
Is he just being coy? If not, this is a little disappointing because we really want to see MASK hit the big screen and Transformers technology would be a great way to introduce that.
What about the Dinobots who were introduced and really underused in the last movie? Well, he confirms they are back and Grimlock will have a big role in The Last Knight: “He’s funny. He’s like a naughty dog in this movie. He’s really sheepish when he does something wrong. He’s a great character. He’s really–we’re bringing out a side of him that you’re going to like–you’re going to relate to.
“We have Mini Dino’s. Those are really fun. We’ve got little mini T. Rexes. He’s just learning to spit fire. He’s just come into his powers. It’s pretty funny.”
Em, ok… we smell more comedy side kick robots. We now how well that worked out in the other movies. Sigh.
Transformers: The Last Knight stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
It’s directed by Michael Bay.
Transformers: The Last Knight will hit theaters on June 23, 2017.