Michael Bay has been promising Transformers fans that his third entry in the franchise, entitled Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is going to be the best installment yet – one which will do away with the mistakes of the previous films to offer a more refined and epic Transformers movie experience.
Of course, Bay promised the same thing about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and as it turned out, that mess of a movie was anything BUT what Bay promised.
Well, you can fool fanboys once but it’s a hard trick to pull off twice, and ever since Transformers 3 started dropping trailers, images and such, Internet watchdogs have been tracking Dark of the Moon every step of the way, keeping the film squarely under their ever-watching eye to see if Bay is finally going to deliver a truly awesome adventure about the titular robots in disguise.
Empire magazine is also keeping watch on how Transformers 3 is shaping up, and they’ve put the film on the cover of their latest issue, complete with a feature article full of new pictures and details about the film. The pics have already leaked online as scanned images, but we won’t be posting those – grab the latest issue of Empire or wait until we post official versions of the pics if you want to see them in full glory.
[Update: Empire has released their Transformers 3 cover featuring Sentinel Prime and Optimus Prime]
As for the story details revealed in the article, fansite Transformers World 2005 has been kind enough to share some the more relevant points about specific things Michael Bay and Co. did to make Dark of the Moon the best Transformers yet. Revealed are some plot-points from the film, so if you want to remain in the dark (no pun), you’ll want to stop reading right about now.
For those who want to know, we share the latest details about Transformers 3 below:
MILD TRANSFORMERS 3 SPOILERS!!!
- No “dorky” humor (Bay: “We wanted to make the movie much more serious, more adult”).
- When robots die, they’re really going to die and those deaths will be shown.
- They’re not bringing people back [from the dead we assume].
- The robots have been given more ‘weight’ in the story (Strong backstory and pathos).
- Sentinel Prime is “A big brother and mentor to Optimus Prime.”
- The Ferrari (Pictured HERE) is a ‘Decepticon who (Michael) Bay is ‘Dreadbox.’
- New companions for Starscream, Shockwave and the rest will be included (Laser Beak).
- “The scale on one of them is jaw-dropping” – “It will be ‘what the Hell was that thing?”
- Apollo 11 ‘incident’ show in the teaser is government secret.
- No army for this, Chicago is left up to the Autobots but some heroes sneak in through the back-door so to speak
- The human gliders are used because they slip under the Decepticon radar – as do humans – so they’ll be the people who can hammer it to the Decepticons and create an opening for the Autobots.
I’m particularly skeptical about Bay having killed the silly (and for some off-putting) humor of the first two Transformers flicks. Revenge of the Fallen in particular seemed to involve the human characters (Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Kevin Dunn and Julie White as Sam Witwicky’s parents) playing out a continuous string of gags that added nothing to the story (at best) and totally derailed the film for some viewers (at worst).
We already know that Dark of the Moon boasts an impressive cast of actors playing human roles – John Malkovich, Francis McDormand, Community‘s Ken Jeong, Serenity‘s Alan Tudyk – and that characters like John Turturro’s goofy Agent Simmons and Sam Witwicky’s parents will once again be featured in the film. When I look at that cast of actors – who can all bring the funny – it leaves me with only 3 possible scenarios, none of which is all that promising:
- There is still dumb humor in the film, despite claims to the otherwise.
- The human actors are going to be shamefully underutilized and are there just for show or quick cameos.
- Bay has chosen better actors with better comedic chops to elevate the humor of the film to a “smarter” level (which isn’t saying much).
Either way, I still don’t know if we’re going to get a Transformers movie that’s as straightforward and epic as it should be – but hey, anything is possible, right?
Besides, by now people have seen that Transformers 3 Superbowl Trailer and Daytona 500 Trailer and are drooling over the sick visuals and robot-on-robot action we’ll be getting. Long gone are thoughts about those pesky humans…
Transformers: Dark of the Moon will hit theaters in 3D (yes 3D) and 2D on July 1, 2011.
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