New Transformers 3 Trailer is Explosively Awesome [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:10 pm,

Transformers 3 Trailer 2 New Transformers 3 Trailer is Explosively Awesome [Updated]

[UPDATE: Check Out the First Official Transformers 3 Poster!]

The teaser trailer brought us to the first moon landing and the Super Bowl TV spot introduced us to the action. Now, the first full trailer and second official theatrical trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon is online, bringing with it the story.

Seemingly everyone involved with the Transformers movies thus far, from star Shia LaBeouf to director Michael Bay, has admitted to the faults of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and promise much, much better with their third and final go. We cannot deny that Transformers 3 looks promising, but we haven’t had a look into the story and characters yet… until now.

While the Apollo 11 teaser trailer gave us a very unique intro to the story for the next Transformers, it was the brief Super Bowl spot that pulled us into the action, right in the middle of a horrifying invasion of Chicago. Many new Decepticons, much larger ones at that, scoured the city and and the visual effects were miles ahead of the rushed production of its predecessor.

Let’s put that into context with the new full trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon:

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We’ll update with our own version as soon as we are able.

A common criticism for the last Transformers movie is that they added so many characters without actually adding any character to them. Revenge of the Fallen was weighed down by a convoluted plot and countless nameless characters whose only purpose was to justify an extended Hasbro toy line. From what we’ve seen from Dark of the Moon so far, there are twice as many characters (Cybertronians and humans) in TF3, so we can only hope they serve a legitimate role in the story writer Ehren Kruger put together. We can at least say, they all look better in their action sequences!

Update: Now Check out the first theatrical poster for Dark of the Moon:


Transformers 3 Theatrical Poster 280x418 New Transformers 3 Trailer is Explosively Awesome [Updated]


The first teaser gave us our first look at what we believe is the Ark (an Autobot ship from Cybertron) from the perspective of Neil Alden Armstrong, but this new trailer shows the Ark crashing, but not revealing when that occurs. From the original Transformers cartoon and the Beast Wars animated series in the 90s, the Ark crashed millions of years ago and became the base of operations for the Autobots after awakening from a volcanic eruption in the 80s. We can expect that the film will explain much more of the backstory of the Autobots and Decepticons and how they came to Earth. Here’s a little side-by-side put together by our own Paul Young of the Ark from the trailers and the one from the original animated series.

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The one redeeming quality of Revenge of the Fallen was how they amped up the bad-ass factor of Optimus, emphasizing him as not only the poster bot of the franchise but the greatest warrior of the Aubots. In this trailer, that idea is taken to an entirely new level as Optimus seemingly comes from nowhere againt all odds, to wreak havoc on a group of Decepticons (parts of this seen were shown in the Super Bowl teaser). In this sequence, he’s again augmented with additional parts which allow him to fly, like we saw when he merged with Jetfire (an old Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird) in the last movie.

The set pieces are much more massive and bring the story much closer to home, as they tear apart the City of Chicago. From a visual standpoint, Michael Bay has taken the franchise to an entirely new level and from this trailer alone, we can recommend this as an IMAX experience worthy of the extra dollars.

Some quick observations of note are that they don’t really hone in on any of the new autobot characters, and we know there are many from the set pictures that surfaced during production. That’s not at all a bad thing, and it actually allows them to slowly reveal more as we approach July. The less they show before the film hits, the better. You’ll also notice that Megan Fox’s replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley doesn’t speak a word.

Story isn’t the selling point of the Transformers films but it’s important that it’s at least compelling and enjoyable. What are your expectations now for TF3?

Transformers regulars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson return for Dark of the Moon along with our favorite Autobot heroes and are joined by series newcomers, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. Let us not forget that Leonard Nimoy will be voicing the mighty Sentinel Prime.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits regular theaters and IMAX on July 1st, in 2D and 3D.

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  1. Yes, it can’t be denied how awesome and epic this looks, but then so did the trailer for the second film etc, When Transformers is concerned ‘looking awesome’ is the easy part. Trying to make it compelling so that we care about what’s going on – that’s the hard part.

    Still it looks a lot darker in tone, especially the scene with Sam pointing a gun, suggesting they’ll be more edge to his character. No offence to Rosie, but it’s probably a good thing that she’s not as attractive as Megan Fox. I thik that was purposefully done, and it’s perhaps the biggest sign that substance is more important than superficiality this time around.

    To think how this will look in 3D is quite scary. I’ll make sure to stock up on the aspirins, post viewing that’s for sure.

  2. Bedore trailer everyone said i don`t want watch transformers 3 but after the trailer everyone is saying that its epic,amazing,wow and i am sold!

  3. I’m not sold. It may be an improvement over 2 but i’ll agree, seems like some of the same ol, same ol. I’ll wait to see what the word of mouth is on the movie but highly doubt i’ll pay to go see it. There are too many other movies out this summer that seem worthy, plus Bay has pulled the wool over our eyes before.

  4. Transformers, and transformers revenge of the fallen were great movies, this one looks awesome as well…as far as steven spielberg if he was to direct transformers movies…he would have ruined them, he is not a great director… michael bay did a terrific job with transformers

    • Really? One of the greatest, if not THE greatest, directors of our generation would have ruined a Transformers movie…Really?

    • yeeeaaaah i have to agree with 16bit on this one. Pat i dont know what world you live in but saying steven spielberg would have ruined the movie is blasphemy and you should not be allowed in a movie theater ever again.

    • Yeah, Pat, if only Uwe Boll or maybe Brett Ratner would have directed these – THEN they’d be awesome. 8)


      • I disagree with you that if brett ratner directed flm than it wud have been better michael did it perfect he has perfect visual style i now he sometimes does it over but when does something then they something big steven and michael make gud team for them who watched cartoon they only now that its perfect…well i know everyone says that transformers movies r plotless movie too much action they r wrong what else wud be awesome with robots its action what only matter on robotic movie not plot or gud dialogs this not chris nolan it will have gud plot or sumthing!!!

        • Dude…. that was a joke, man.


          • Its as if some people never learned that Sarcasm is a real language… *eye roll*

          • It looks like they’re keeping the comedy to a minimum in this one hope it’s a good sign.

          • yeah got to be joking..:)

          • Nice joke though…i Transformers movies the it is..


        • yeah! i agree with you…

          robots do not speak, and they don’t fit will in dark knight type of scripts,,,, ROBOTS ARE MEANT FOR ACTION… thats what michael bay doing and everyone liking except some pathetic web insects….

          • Yeah that`s right robots r meant for action!!!

          • Are you saying they can’t make a serious movie about robots? Really?

    • @ pat—> if senor spielberg had directed my beloved transformes then this topic would be going in a diffent light cause it would have been awseome and mr. steven would have made it work. mr bay however used EXPLOSIONS EXPLOSIONS EXPLOSIONS to justify his work cause we all know that trans 2 shoulda been a decepticons movie.

  5. @16 bit

    Very well said, Spielberg is the greatest director of our generation without question. Of course both Transformers would be a superior if he was at the helm. They would’ve been even more exciting films as Spielberg would’ve created characters that we would care about. Just look at how he merged both awe and spectacle with tension and peril in War Of The Worlds. That mobie alone proves how good he would make Dark of the Moon.


    Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I think any comments trahsing Spielberg should be flagged for moderation for sure

  6. Someone is giving Bay way too much credit.

  7. Loved the 2nd trailer. Is it just me or does Optimus’s body look more like his 80′s animated counter-part? At the sametime it looks as if Bay gave him abs.

  8. The new trailer looks very promising, although i wont hold my breath. now in MY OPINION just by looking at these teasers it seems that total chaos will now insue which is good considering his last CGI crapfest revenge of the fallen (come to think of it where was the revenge??) should have been a decepticons destruction flick, but no optimus dies then comes back then sam dies and comes back (just bring in buster witwicky he already has history with them) and my beloved starscream is turned into a coward WHAT THE HELL… anyhoo before i pop my tumor for ranting.. for the moment it seems that mr. bay might have something, but at the same time i will not get my hopes up. although i wouldnt mind another bad boys movie i actually enjoyed those flicks.

  9. One aspect that I’m really wondering about is the new girl in it; is she the same character as Megan Fox, or a new love interest for Shia? I mean, one of the underlying plots from the second movie was how neither said “I love you” until she was in tears when Sam died, and then he came back to life…while somewhat cheesy, it did carry SOME emotional weight, and I’m curious to see how they have written her out of the script and given Sam a new girlfriend just like that (if indeed she is a different character).

    • From what Bay has said, Mikaela and Sam just broke up. Yeah…it’s weak, but does it really mattter how they explain it?

  10. Great! What does this guy have with looks over talent as the female lead? This blonde pouty lips chick who, just like the other girl, never seem to have a single out of place blemish on their perfectly made up faces or a single string of perfectly groomed hair in disarray despite being involved in laser, gun fire, smoke, dirt, grit, $h!t hitting the fan, chaos!?

    Come on man! Give your viewers a little credit and make the suspension of disbelief a little more achievable.


  11. This movie will have some pretty good plot twist

  12. No way I’ll watch this.
    I’ve already been fool enough to see the first two parts and they were so shallow that I thought my brain is going to explode… Or more like fall into a coma.

  13. megan fox has turned blonde, even more pouty and plastic looking…

  14. The fact that this movie is Jiggabot free it’s going to own the last one!

  15. All I can say is “SHOCKWAVE”… OH YEAH. :)