We are less than a week away from the premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the year, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

In preparation for the grand opening, we’ve seen an astonishing amount of marketing materials popping up everywhere. Today, several sites are posting some new images for the movie so we’ve chosen some of the best ones for you to see.

But first, let’s talk about a strange rumor…

You may have heard the ridiculous rumor that Michael Bay would not be doing Transformers 3. For some reason, a lot of sites were jumping all over this with no justification. We’ve known for months that Bay wanted time off after this to make a small movie, which we wrote about a while ago, then he’d likely get back to the robot franchise afterwards. For that reason, we didn’t jump on the rumor but so many others did that it got a little out of hand and the explosive director quickly addressed it personally.

In response to the idiocy, Bay said this on his forums:


Love press how they spin. Never said it – just wanted a vacation is more to the point. And no I don’t read the good or the bad reviews.”

Do we really think that five days before the big premiere, he’d quit the franchise? This will probably be the biggest money maker of the summer, if not, the entire year. Bay also gets a strong royalty on all Transformers movie toys sold as well.

Now, to the good stuff. Check these images out and see what you think:

Michael Bay’s favorite characters: The twins Mudflap and Skids

Starscream and Megatron fight for leadership of the Decepticons

Continue through the pages for more close-ups of these images and other new pics…

Sam Witwicky talks to old man, Jetfire

Optimus Prime wants the head of the Sphinx for his living room decor

Autobot Skids

Autobot Mudflap

A closer look at the battle for leadership of the Decepticons

The close-ups of the twins reveal the incredible detail that went into them. Unfortunately, from the many ads we’ve seen online, it doesn’t appear that the same work went into some of the other forty-some-odd Cybertronian characters.

The big revelation here is seeing what looks like Megatron and Starscream duking it out on a rooftop during a beautiful Michael Bay sunset shot (it’s in all his films). They’re no doubt fighting over leadership of the Decepticons as many speculated would happen after the first Transformers.

What do you think of the new images?

Not enough of a Transformers fix for ya? Check out the Revenge of the Fallen videos from yesterday and the TV spots from a few days prior to that.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens next Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

Sources: USA Today, Coming Soon