'Transformers 4': Check out the new title and hints about the movie's new characters(Read article summary)
'Transformers 4' recently got a full title and a hint from the producer about new characters in the film.
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[UPDATE: It's Official - Prepare forÂ Transformers: Age of Extinction!!!!]
Transformers 4Â has been surrounded in secrecy during its production. Director Michael Bay returned to the franchise in order to launch a new (semi-rebooting) chapter of the Transformers saga, which he will then (allegedly) pass off to a new director and creative team. So far we have new human characters in the form of Mark Wahlbergâs gear-head/inventor character, Flynn Vincent; Flynnâs hot rod enthusiast daughter played by Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) and her speed-racing love interest played by Jack ReynorÂ Â (What Richard Did). We also know that in addition to returning favorites like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, the actual Transformers might see new additions like Slingshot and Drift, Hound â possibly even Nemesis PrimeÂ or Ultra Magnus.
But what about those lingering rumors that the fan-favoriteÂ Dinobots could be inÂ TF4Â - and what is the official subtitle to this fourth film? Todayâs update may help answer questions on both those fronts.
Over the weekend,Â FusibleÂ picked up on a story involving the brand protection agency that oversaw the registration of the domain name TransformersDarkoftheMoon.com when the third film was released. The studio is allegedly once again registering various domain names in anticipation of theÂ Transformers 4âs release next summer, with the following candidates being listed by Fusible:
HOWEVER, Transformers World 2005Â also makes the claim that the following subtitle has ALSO been registered with Hasbro:
- Transformers: Age of Extinction
Of the the three, I personally find âAge of Extinctionâ to be the most likely. The fact that Bay has repeatedly made it clear thatÂ TF4Â is a new beginning makes âApocalypseâ or âLast Standâ feel a bit off the mark â with âLast Standâ seeming particularly troublesome, given its proximity to that similarly-titled Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback vehicle that flopped at the box office early this year. Of course, there is another factor to consider: The Dinobots.
Weâve heard continued rumors and speculation that the Dinobots will make a major appearance inÂ TF4Â - and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently added major fuel to that fire when he toldÂ Beijing NewsÂ the following when discussing Chinaâs role in the movie:
âI can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the joining of the Dinobots will give the audience new excitement. In addition to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, the appearance of these classic roles changed, today the worldâs coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinaâs vehicles, whether you are a car enthusiast, you will feast your eyes and be shocked by them.â
Is that confirmation that the Dinobots are in the film? Certainly sounds like it. Others are also pointing to some recent set photos (SEE them HERE) which have the production crew sporting hats with TF4Â logos â logos which seem to have claw marks in them, presumably teasing the Dinobotsâ appearance. Given all that evidence that Dinobots will be in the film â and leaked alleged plot spoilers that fit in line with the clues weâve seen so far â it seems that âAge of Extinctionâ would be a most fitting title for two reasons:
- âAge of Extinctionâ could refer to a history involving the Dinobots (who would be resurrected from long dormancy or death).Â
- The subtitle could also refer to the rumored deaths/transformations that certain characters (like Megatron) could go through â a âchanging of the guardâ for the franchise.
Resident Evil alreadyÂ has its âApocalypseâ and Schwarzenegger already has his âLast Standâ â so when the dust settles and official confirmation is out, donât be surprised if âTransformers: Age of Extinctionâ is soon covering billboards and TV screens in your area.
Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.