The new trailer for Bumblebee has unleashed a lot more Transformers than fans previously expected to see. The upcoming film directed by Travis Knight places the beloved yellow Autobot in a 1987 California beach town, where he befriends an 18-year-old woman named Charlie Watson (Academy Award-nominee Hailee Steinfeld). Designed as a more character-driven piece that addresses the problems with the Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay, Bumblebee was also believed to feature far fewer Transformers. To the delight of many fans, it turns out this isn't really the case!
It was suspected that Bumblebee could actually become a soft reboot of the entire Transformers movie franchise. The new trailer adds fuel to that fire by spotlighting a large number of Transformers in what could be flashback scenes to their conflict on Cybertron. What's more, the Transformers glimpsed are all of the beloved Generation-1 designs, which is bound to please fans who never cozied up to the way the Bayformers looked. However, this also goes against how the robots looked in Bay's films during the numerous times the Transformers were shown throughout history.
The Cybertron scenes aside, most of Bumblebee's action will be set on Earth, with Optimus Prime (via hologram) charging his most loyal soldier with the mission to protect the humans and their planet, albeit as a robot in disguise. However, the Cybertron scenes and the cast of robots inhabiting the war-torn planet has fans the most excited. Here are all of the Transformers confirmed to appear in Bumblebee (so far).
- Transformers on Earth: Bumblebee & The Movie's Villains
- Transformers on Cybertron: Prime, Soundwave & Seekers
The beloved yellow Autobot gets the spotlight to himself. Twenty years before he meets Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) as a Chevrolet Camaro (it remains to be seen if that continuity will be still be maintained), Bumblebee appears in 1987 as a Volkswagen Beetle, his Generation-1 guise. Bumblebee turns out to be an 18th birthday present by Charlie Watson to herself, but when he reveals his true robot form to her, they form a friendship. It seems like Bumblebee will fight the Decepticons on Earth all by his lonesome, with only his new human friends to help.
Four Decepticons are confirmed to be Bumblebee's main enemies in the film. From the latest trailer, it seems the evil Transformers have revealed themselves to the human agents of Sector 7, which counts Agent Burns (John Cena) as one of their leaders. The Decepticons lie to Sector 7 and frame Bumblebee as a criminal, enlisting the unwitting humans' aid in destroying the Autobot.
The first is Blitzwing (voiced by David Sobolov), a Decepticon seeker who transforms into a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jet. Due to his red and white colors, fans had originally assumed Blitzwing was actually Starscream, but it's been confirmed this is not the case.
Dropkick and Shatter
The main duo hunting Bumblebee are Shatter (voiced by Angela Bassett), a blue triple-changer who transforms into a red Plymouth Satellite and a Harrier Jump Jet, and Dropkick (voiced by Justin Theroux), a red triple-changer who also takes the guises of an AMC Javelin muscle car and a Bell AH-1 SuperCobra attack helicopter. Neither has a storied history in prior Transformers media, which frees up an alternative exploration.
Also reportedly in the film is Barricade, with voice actor Jess Harnell confirmed to be reprising the role. He previously appeared in the original Transformers, a Decepticon scout who was the first to fight Sam Witwicky and Mikaela Barnes (Megan Fox).
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- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018