[Blame me for this story not being posted sooner, it was lost in the shuffle – Vic]

Word hit the web recently that moviegoers will get their first look at Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (T4 we like to call it) when the teaser trailer premieres on July 18, before The Dark Knight.

For those not already in the know, T4 is the franchise’s first PG-13 offering, set during the post-apocalyptic future of 2018 after the terminators, led by evil super-computer Skynet, have conquered the world. Christian Bale stars as John Connor, leader of the human resistance and alleged savior of mankind. The plot thickens when a mysterious stranger (Sam Worthington) appears, with little memory other than being imprisoned on death row. Is this stranger from the past? The future? And what fate does his appearance portend? J.C. tries to unravel the answers in time to save humanity from Skynet’s final strike.

The plot sounds flimsy, but the thought of seeing more Terminators for my buck is pretty cool. Just how much scorched-earth, skull-trampling, red-eyed mayhem can we expect from the teaser trailer? Probably not that much. Most likely it’ll be a the same old extreme close-up of a Terminator exoskeleton, accented by the familiar duh duh, duh, duh duh, music we know and love. But hey, maybe not. Either way, Dark Knight will start soon after and T4 will be just as quickly forgotten until the full trailer premieres.

Terminator 4 will costar Bryce Howard, Common, and Josh Brolin. The film is set for a May 22, 2009 release and will be directed by music video-turned-film director McG (let’s get this guy a full name already).