[SPOILERS AHEAD for Terminator: Genisys.]
A newly-unveiled Terminator: Genisys international TV spot maintains an air of mystery surrounding a new Terminator that ends up coming after young Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), and their aged T-800 counterpart (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the rebooting sequel. Of course, it's somewhat for naught, seeing as that cat's already been let out of the bag by the second U.S. trailer for Genisys, released earlier this week.
Yes, we can now confirm that one of the big twists in Genisys - one that could make or break the Terminator movie franchise - involves humanity's future savior, John Connor (Jason Clarke) becoming some kind of cyborg - one who's actually quite keen on Judgement Day happening, it would appear. There may be more cards up this film's sleeve (see: Matt Smith's character), but for now it seems Paramount has placed its Ace on the table.
Jason Clarke was effectively evasive in his explanation of what makes his John Connor different from previous iterations (such as Christian Bale's from Terminator Salvation), when he was interviewed about the matter during our Genisys set visit. Naturally, Mr. Clarke was more forthcoming when interviewed by EW after the new Genisys trailer dropped - saying the John Connor twist adds "a bit more complexity" to the humans vs. machines dynamic in the Terminator franchise.
Here is the actor's reply, when asked how it felt to play "the good and bad" of John Connor:
Not just the good and bad of one man but the good and the bad of man and machine. Technology has become more and more engrained inside of us and John becomes the ultimate realization of that. It was a lot of fun to play and it was a lot of fun as a group to work out what the boundaries are of that. A lot of it they are still designing.
Genisys is far from the first science-fiction movie to examine what happens when the line between human and machine starts to blur; even Salvation dealt with the idea, so it's not even a first for the Terminator property. Jason Clarke, during his EW interview, advised the concerned fans "Don't turn off too soon or you'll miss the ride," when it comes to that aspect of Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor's Terminator film.
So far, a number of people - including the Screen Rant Underground Podcast team - seem to be taking that wait-and-see approach, despite their reservations. Then there are elements such as the caliber of the film's cast and comments - such as those from Oscar-winning costar J.K. Simmons - which indicate the Genisys script co-written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) may well handle its various plot twists and Terminator mythos tweaks well.
If not then, well, Paramount might want to give those new Terminator trilogy plans a second thought...
Terminator: Genisys opens in U.S. theaters on July 1st, 2015.