Based on all of the reveals and images released from Transformers: The Last Knight so far, it’s looking more and more like Michael Bay’s “last” outing in the franchise is going to be introducing a whole wave of new characters, whether it be to appear only in the new film or to have larger roles in the rest of the franchise.
After already announcing new characters like Onslaught and possibly Predaking for the film as well, it looks like one of the biggest fan favorite characters from the Transformers lore will finally be making his live-action debut in The Last Knight.
In keeping with the movie’s near-constant promotional campaign from the past several months, Paramount and Bay have announced that the upcoming fifth installment will feature the introduction of Hot Rod to the franchise, a character most fans will remember from his pivotal role in The Transformers: The Movie from 1986.
Get your first look at the character’s live-action design below:
In the 1986 film, Hot Rod takes control of the Matrix of Leadership from Optimus Prime, and becomes the next leader of the Autobots, changing his name to Rodimus Prime, which could be the same direction The Last Knight could take, since it’s looking more and more like Optimus will be the titular Knight in question.
If so, then The Last Knight could act as a suitable break from the Michael Bay-dominated era of the property into a new one, featuring all kinds of spin-offs and crossover films, all of which are a product of Paramount’s solid writer’s room they assembled for the franchise last year. The last we saw of it, the Matrix was still in Optimus’ possession in the live-action films as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes back to play in some way in the new film, especially if they’re going to be introducing a character as closely linked to it as Hot Rod is.
In addition to all of the new characters set to be introduced in The Last Knight though, the film will also feature the return of several characters from previous films in the franchise, including Drift, Barricade, and the leader of the Decepticons himself, Megatron. Hopefully The Last Knight will live up to the potential of its character lineup, and act as a send off for Bay even better than his previous work on the franchise deserves, but at this point with these movies, it just feels foolish to have any real expectations for it. If only these characters could get the kind of live-action adaptations they deserve.
Transformers: The Last Knight is set to hit theatres on June 23rd, 2017.
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