Transformers: The Last Knight will be the film that sets up a whole Transformers cinematic universe and we still have little information regarding its actual plot. There has been news concerning the cast, which includes Mark Walhberg, Anthony Hopkins and now Tyrese Gibson. The film will also feature many familiar Transformer characters and even a few new ones. Overall, Michael Bay’s latest film has presented very little concrete information so far.
But given all the little details and images coming from the production over the past few weeks its safe to assume there must be some kind of teaser in the works, which could debut with one of Paramount’s upcoming summer films, like Star Trek Beyond or Ben-Hur. That said, it looks like many have already gotten their first look at the Autobot leader in action.
Thanks to the folks at Seibertron, new photos taken in Time Square have revealed the first billboard for The Last Knight. The image depicts Optimus Prime brandishing his sword and facing off against what appears to be a three-headed robotic adversary, calling to mind King Ghidorah from the Godzilla films. Also notable is the tattered Decepticon flag, random alien ships in the sky and a damaged Chicago in the background (these films really love destroying Chicago).
While The Last Knight is currently filming in Chicago, Detroit, London, and Cuba, there is now at least more to go on. Some have speculated the narrative will take place in space, given where the last film left off, but the new billboard seems to imply more of the same earth-based action as in previous entries. At least it means there is hope of seeing more inventions from Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager.
One of the interesting thing about this billboard reveal is the nature of Optimus Prime’s enemy. Age of Extinction gave audiences Dinobots (eventually), so obviously Bay and his team of writers needed to top that. As a result, it looks like rivaling Godzilla was the answer. Whether or not this will be as visually appealing to the same crowd that lost it over Dinobots remains to be seen.
There is a lot of heavy lifting still needed to be done though. While crazy new robot monsters is cool and all, this is also the film that needs to set up yearly releases of other Transformers films. This may be Bay’s last “giant robots battling” movie, but that’s still quite a task.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.