Production on Transformers: The Last Knight is underway, and director Michael Bay has already teased the return of Megatron with a new look. The Decepticon leader isn't the only one who will look a little different in the latest Transformers sequel, however.
The latest tease from Bay shows off a new look for Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot who can never seem to find his voice in the films. Fans of the classic VW Bumblebee might not like it, though, as the character's look makes him even more modern than he was in the previous movies.
Posting to his official Twitter account, Bay showed off a picture of the new car being used for Bumblebee in the fifth Transformers film. A custom-built 2016 Chevy Camaro, the car updates the character's vehicle-mode look from the incarnations shown in the previous movies. The new look is the biggest departure from the look that was established in Bay's first Transformers film to date, with the custom Camaro eliminating a number of the previous cars' hard lines and giving it an overall smoother and more futuristic look.
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) June 4, 2016
With the changes to Bumblebee's vehicle mode being so obvious in The Last Knight, there may be changes to his robot mode as well. Bay's post didn't elaborate on this, but the sleeker look of the new Camaro could translate to a more streamlined Bumblebee overall. Of course, it's entirely possible that the smoother lines of the new car won't be very noticeable in Bumblebee's robot mode so the differences between the new film's version of the robot and that of previous films could be negligible.
Some fans had a bit of fun at Bay's expense, noting that he tagged @generalmotors in his tweet even though that's not the handle for General Motors. The actual General Motors account is @GM; the one that Bay tagged is an account that's sat dormant since it was created in 2009. It's an easy enough mistake to make, though Bay might take a moment to double check the companies that he attempts to link in the future.
While fans of the old Transformers cartoons would likely have preferred Bumblebee to become a VW Beetle like his classic incarnation, that was unlikely to happen with the director and producers who made him into a Camaro in the first place. It's unlikely that we'll see Bumblebee as a Bug anytime soon, unless the franchise gets rebooted at some point or the classic look is included in the Bumblebee spinoff as an Easter egg. Until then, fans will have to make due with the new Bumblebee alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins and Freya, the UK's loneliest dog.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.
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