Transformers 3 production has moved to Trump Tower again, this time shooting at night and using “flame and smoke effects” on rooftops, according to ChicagoBreakingNews. It was more than just smoke and flame effects, this was “Bayhem” to its fullest, with ten or so rooftop explosions at multiple buildings. The action was filmed from a helicopter (and presumably from below as well) whilst police vehicles drove away from the action down below.
Transformers 3 has also been spotted on the south side, filming alongside the rail tracks, including Autobot chase scenes, scenes of pedestrians running away screaming, and a video showing all the vehicles lined up, including what’s presumably Skids and Mudflaps new look.
Transformers lined up on south side
Almost a full cast of vehicles here, including the Nascars, Bumblebee, Skids, Mudflaps and Jolt.
The next video shows the Nascar vehicles hotly pursued by the Autobots from an angle right in the thick of the filming, by johnnyism13 who happened to be in the right place at the right time:
This video, from the same location, shows people running away screaming whilst a shiny blue car calmly drives past.
This is another view of the explosions we’ve seen already, but from a ground view, much closer. Thanks to ReidCollins.
Transformers 3 production has continued working in Chicago, moving their sets to Wacker Drive. Scenes have included a seemingly heroic moment for Patrick Dempsey, as Shia and Rosie sit amongst the rubble.
On set, a new red 4x4 truck has also been spotted, glowing and undamaged, it stood out prominently from the miscellaneous burnt out cars. This has now been confirmed as Rollbar — his name is spelled out on the vehicle and he sports the autobot logo. Rollbar doesn’t have a big personality within the Transformers franchise (or much of anything beyond being many different toys), with this character Bay is free to recreate as he pleases.
Add to all this, the cardboard head of Megatron has been thrown into the mix.
The folks over at TFW2005 investigated the T B logo on the back and found that it stands for “Tommy Built”, the jeep wasn’t originally built for the movie and a clip on YouTube showed it with a mounted machine gun on the rear, Paramount pictures have sinced removed the video.
A member of the audience at SDCC captured the complete Joss Wheon Experience on video and kindly upload it all to YouTube — not a huge amount on The Avengers, but worth a watch. We’ve embedded a playlist below.
Whedon has also been talking to MTV about casting Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
The thing about Hawkeye, he’s got his bows and arrows, you need somebody who’s very very down to earth, who’s very grounded, and who’s going to be the kind of guy who, you see him, and you understand why he likes to be far away from things and then shoot at them.
Mark was my first and only choice for Bruce Banner. I’m stunned that we landed that, just stunned. He has what I remember loving about the show, that quality of, you just look at him and you go through it with him, he invites you in in a way that [no] other performer has since Bill Bixby. He is a guy who’s been beaten up by life, but not defined by that. That’s what I want from Bruce Banner, is a guy who’s still getting it done, even though he has his problem.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau has also commented on the recasting at Comic-con:
“It’s tricky,” the Iron Man director said. “I know Edward, and I dig the guy’s talent tremendously. He’s always been a very great guy… I’m sure that however this comes out, it’s going to be something that’s amenable to both the filmmaker and the studio. I know that we faced the challenge of recasting with Don Cheadle and Terrence Howard, and although I think breaking continuity is always a challenge and should be avoided whenever possible, it is the reality of the movie business that sometimes things don’t work out.”
In an interview with MTV, Chris Evans spoke a bit about his suit and shield, we don’t see his final Captain America suit until the end of the movie, and similarly, the shield keeps getting updated:
“But [the suit]‘s not bad. It’s a World War II movie, so I think a little bit of a cumbersome feel to it and something that’s a bit chunkier … not only serves the time period, I think it looks better. […] It’s not this sleek spandex suit. It looks like something you might wear in the ‘40s in the middle of a war.”
“There’s a couple stages and initially in the script, Steve isn’t Captain America right away. […] He gets the injection and isn’t asked to go to war right off the bat. He’s used in different areas, so he has different stages of the suit. I don’t think he actually jumps into the final suit until the third act of the film.”
[talking about the shield]
“Well, during the USO tour, there’s obviously a different shield. […] And he goes on a couple missions, he goes AWOL and kind of takes the USO shield. And he’s kind of allowed to be this soldier and they outfit him with the new uniform. They decide to outfit him with an updated shield.“
Warner Bros. have released 4 Comic-con Green Lantern character posters, showing Blake Lively as Carol Ferris, Mark Strong as Sinestro, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond.
MichaelBay.com has posted an official (and now extended) set report from Chicago, showing off Bumblebee’s Camaro, the weaponized Nascars, a scene under the bridge, lots of fans, the Ferrari and the Mercedes.
More of those cardboard cut-out heads, as opposed to a 20ft robot. One diligent snapper (mtoeset via TLAMB) caught an image of what is presumably Shockwave’s head (being a cyclops and all, with a slight purple tinge), next to Soundwave. Still no hints at his alt mode.