The last few weeks have sparked a flurry of announcements from the world of Transformers. Along with the reveal that the fifth film in the franchise would be titled Transformers: The Last Knight, news that production is getting started in Cuba was released, along with a look at Optimus Prime's new face that sparked some fan speculation about his new purple eyes being indicative of a change of loyalties for the Autobot leader to the villainous Deceptions - with the promise that more would be coming soon.
Paramount Pictures has remained relatively mum on the specifics regarding the new film. Outside of a few casting announcements, little is yet known about the latest in the financially successful (though divisive) blockbuster series. The hype train continues to roll steady onward, however, with the release of yet another viral marketing teaser on behalf of Paramount.
The official Transformers Twitter account, along with director Michael Bay’s Instagram account, have teased the new face of Decepticon big bad Megatron. Much like his counterpart Optimus Prime, Megatron boasts a new look that varies drastically from his previous incarnations, and could suggest major changes coming to the Transformers universe.
In addition to the promise that “a battle is coming,” the new video also reveals that production will begin in earnest on the project in June, which suggests that The Last Knight crew is currently getting things ready for next month's true beginning of principal photography. Either way, whether you like it or not, Transformers: The Last Knight is officially underway for its release in 2017.
Bay returns to the director’s chair once again after previously stating that the last movie, 2014’s soft reboot Age of Extinction, would be his last time helming a Transformers project. The news was less than pleasing to fans who feel that Bay neglects the nuance of narrative the series is capable of, instead choosing to use it as an excuse to present huge action set pieces that fail to take the series to any meaningful places.
Despite these criticisms, the movies have been box office monsters, with the previous two movies each breaking the billion-dollar mark in worldwide ticket sales. The success of these films has led Paramount to create a sort of shared universe for the franchise, with prequels and spinoff movies now in development
For now, however, The Last Knight is the next movie to look forward to from the franchise. With its release still over a year away, and Paramount staying tight lipped on the plot specifics, there’s little to go on for what the film might be about. The end of Age of Extinction, however, found Optimus Prime leaving earth to search for the Transformers' Creators. It was also hinted that both the Autobots and Decepticons were so obsessed with fighting each other that neither side was truly living up to their full potential.
What that intent might be is anyone’s guess, but it’s possible The Last Knight will delve more deeply into this bit of lore and reveal the true purpose of the Transformers as a race. It would be nice if the series focused more on its titular characters than the shoe-horned in romances of the previous four movies - but given that most of the announcements so far have focused on the return of Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel, it seems like the human side will still be playing a major role in the latest story.
However, there’s no denying that Megatron is looking exceptionally awesome in the latest teaser, and the promise of a coming battle is sure to titillate those who appreciate the movies for their wild action scenes. Like it or not, Bay does well with absurd action, and Transformers certainly offers the opportunity for that. With the right script, this might be the Transformers movie to end all, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally get it right.
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.