Despite being box office titans, the Transformers films have not been beloved by critics or fans of the original property, and so far it’s looking like the next installment in the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t going to do anything new to bring those detractors over either. Granted I’m making that assessment based purely on the cast, vague title, and the fact that Michael Bay will be returning as the director of the film once again, likely to continue demolishing your favorite Transformers characters amongst a wave of explosions and nonsensical stories.
To his credit though, Bay has done a fairly respectable job at promoting the film throughout principal photography over the past few weeks, with the teases of new character upgrades in the film and the announcement of returning and new names to its lineup.
The filmmaker has revealed yet another image from the fifth installment as well, announcing the introduction of Onslaught in the film, a character usually featured as the leader of the Combaticons (via Twitter):
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) July 27, 2016
The Combaticons are a faction of Decepticon warriors who can all transform into military vehicles, and can even merge together to create a larger Transformer, called Bruticus, which the thought of Bruticus even appearing in this film is enough to give me a headache imagining the mind-numbing amounts of CGI Bay could create onscreen with him.
This isn’t official confirmation that the Combaticons will be appearing in The Last Knight though, and from Bay’s image, it looks like Onslaught may be a worthy foe to Optimus Prime by himself, even without his fellow Decepticons. Considering we still don’t even know who “The Last Knight” in question is though, I don’t think we’ll actually know which characters or story (if that’s even the right word for it) to expect from the film for quite some time.
If it’s anything like the previous four films in the franchise though, seeing it may still not be enough to understand its story or characters.
Transformers: The Last Knight is set to hit theatres June 23rd, 2017.
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