Until now, the weaponized Nascars have been dubbed stunticons, omnibots and rallybots, all three names have been rejected by MichaelBay.com’s Nelson. Nelson has since confirmed that they are actually called Wreckers. Wikipedia provides some background on the characters:
The Wreckers are a sub-team of Autobots in the fictional Transformers Universe, functioning essentially as a commando unit.
Filming last week on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, the Transformers 3 crew were using more cardboard head cut outs. This time, lowfatoreo’s YouTube video has highlighted a new character, red faced and angry looking this could be the robot mode of the Ferrari, Rollbar or a Wrecker, my personal guess is that it’s the red Wrecker. Hat tip to Transformers Live for picking this one out.
Until now it’s been presumed that the Mercedes was the latest incarnation of Jolt, however Nelson has dispelled these rumors on the official Michael Bay site, pointing out instead that the Mercedes E550 is the alt mode of the Einstein lookalike robot, that is called Q (“like in James Bond”).
During the BotCon awards Michael Bay presented some new footage of the Transformers sequel. Seibertron described the new footage:
With our anticipation at its highest level, the attendees of Botcon roared into cheer as the first clip of the movie started. The footage started with John Turturro and Sam’s roomate in the middle of a construction zone looking on to a group of construction vehicles surround them. The constructicons were revealed when Mixmasters Decepticon symbol is shown and Scavenger begins to transform. At the same time the other constructicons move closer to form Devastator!!!
Scavenger literally forces all the other constructicons into the gestalt ala Scorpion in Mortal Kombat [I think he means that “Come Here!” with chain grab move — ed]. Tuturro then runs with Sam’s roomate when the scene cuts to Sam and Mikaela running from Rampage.
Rampage begins chasing Sam’s father when Sam jumps in front of him to draw his attention. Sam then says “Wait, it’s not them you want. It’s this, the MATRIX!” He then holds up an item and continues to coax Rampage when Bumblebee arrives. The battle begins.
Rampage and Bumblebee fight ferociously with Bumblebee getting the better of Rampage when Ravage enters the fray. Using his hip cannons he blasts Bee and jumps on his back. Bumblebee then forces Rampage to the ground when Rampage lunges for Sam and takes Ravage and tears him apart piece by piece.
Bumblebee then rips Rampage’s arm off and decapitates him.
The biography for Ravage states that he enters the earth’s atmosphere and suggests that he takes the form of ‘soft’ creatures that inhabit the planet. Perhaps this implies Alice (Isabel Lucas)? We also get to see confirmation of the toy’s rather weak ‘re-entry’ mode which doesn’t resemble much of anything, I personally prefer the bird like transformation that TF08 concocted.
Bulleting down through the atmosphere at better than 15 times the speed of sound, Ravage considers the data he has already amassed, on the small, soft creatures that inhabit this planet. They seem weak and fragile, yet they are the ones that destroyed Megatron, that is a fact he will keep in mind as he penetrates their most sensitive installation, against such an unpredictable enemy, stealth will be his watchword.
A grainy in-theater version has leaked early, given the quality of these things, this one is pretty watchable. Lots of new footage and a lot more of the storyline in this trailer. Including a shot of Devastator climbing up a pyramid.
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UPDATE: Changing video source to one that works, though sound is out of sync:
- Opens with Sam telling Bumblebee he’s not coming to college
– “Look at this place, I feel smarter already”, Sam’s parents at college
– Sexy panning shot of Megan Fox straddling a bike
– Sam has a ‘mental meltdown’ in the middle of his class (as reported from the Princeton filming), seeing symbols, marking them into the ground
– Sam meets Optimus in a cemetery (cemetary filming set report)
– More of Bumblebee and the Twins in the dessert, some of that GM promo footage too
– Finding the symbols on something ancient, presumably behind that painting
– Megatron returns! We see him rising from the depths of the ocean and rising up behind Mega nFox
– “Megatron wants what’s in my mind“
– “Fate rarely calls on us at a moment of our choosing“
– We see Sam and Mikaela jumping rooftops
– Bumblebee ducks a swinging arm from Demolisher
– Explosions in a library
– Silver Saturn Astra (as seen at Princeton) flying through the air with presumably Shia falling out and Megan Fox calling after him
– Optimus Prime attacking the character with rotor blades on his back, possibly Blackout
– Prime flying through the air after Megatron attacks him
– Bricks floating in circles around one of the pyramids, F-16s fly past, Devastator climbs up the side of the pyramid (same angle on the pyramid as seen in the official shots)
– Jetfire stoops down
– Devastator crushes a vehicle before he starts sucking up sand with his giant vortex mouth
– We see a robot, possibly Mudflaps being sucked towards the vortex
A Japanese blog, Eiga, has posted details suggesting that the World Première of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen may be in Tokyo on June 8th, four days prior to the US, at TOHO Cinemas, Roppongi Hills. Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox will all be in attendance.
The rather jumbled translation:
[Eiga.com Movie News] 07 to the hit record published in the SF blockbuster, “Transformers” sequel, and four days earlier than the United States will be published June 20 in Japan, the world’s fastest “Transformers / Revenge” . The world première will be at the unveiling of the world’s first film, in Tokyo June 8 TOHO was decided at the Roppongi Hills SHINEMAZU. According to this, director Michael Bay, Shire of RABUFU star, Megan Fox, who plans to visit Japan.
July 3 is the original 1907 opening date is in 1900 North America 300 million dollars, all in world record 700,000,000 grossed 800 million dollars. In the same year in Japan was published in the August 4 date, fun revenue and 41 billion yen was a big hit, DVD has sold 64 million copies.
“Transformers”, was released TAKARATOMI 85 years, the original toy robot that transforms into various vehicles, such as. The latest “Transformers / revenge” of the Transformers toys come from TAKARATOMI May 30 will be released on Sunday.
Steven Spielberg’s and accomplished, following the original recently, and coach bay is said to have seen a rush of people in this film, in doing so, to further scale-up from the original content, “if this SUGO it! “divulging that exclamation. The previous total of 12 transformers of the body appeared in the film is more than five times over 60 new and original from 5000 and cost 100 million dollars, twice the number reported three billion dollars.
The blockbuster that sort of “place of birth” will be unveiled the first in Japan, but is likely to receive attention from around the world.
This post contains spoilers, beware. The May edition of EW contains a Transformers 2 article with excerpts from Michael Bay, it’s main focus is on Shia’s hand injury and the troubles of incorporating it into the movie.
To summarise the piece:
- To build Shia’s injury into the movie the screenwriters added a scene showing Sam Witwicky being injured by a “Space Bridge“
– Shia was given a custom made protective and photogenic cast after delaying surgery
– The Pyramids in Egypt are the setting for the final battle
– Bay likes to blow things up, nothing has changed: “A fish tank, a helicopter, concrete tubes. We blew up a library. This set you’re looking at? This will all be gone.“
– Using CGI to cover up Shia’s injury was too expensive and “a pain in the neck”.
The bridge is from the G1 cartoons and was built by the constructicons:
The space bridge appears in several universes. The exact properties of the space bridge vary, but typically they serve as a more convenient means of moving Transformers from one planet to another than the traditional means of space travel. [e.g. Cyberton to earth]
The final issue of the Defiance comic, a prequel to the new movie — bridging the gap between the two, has hit American news stands. The issue goes into some depth about the origins of The Fallen, the power of the AllSpark, how to restore that power and the first cybertronians created using the AllSpark. Continue reading if you are open to the plot spoilers…
As summarised by Seibertron:
The Fallen and his “brothers” were born on a terrestrial world where the Allspark was located. They learned that the energies of the Allspark were limited, and could only be restored through the destruction of a sun. In order to help them, the Allspark created workers who would go out and search for suns that would help to fuel the Allspark. These workers were the first Cybertronians. (Among which is Jetfire.)
The Fallen decides he wants the power of the Allspark for himself, but was trapped in his sarcophagus (the ancient relic discovered by the Transformers in Defiance #1), where he is to remain until the sun harvester is located and reactivated once more. [We’ve seen Devastator do something like this in the coloring book]
Yesterday Paramount and Dreamworks officially announced that Transformers 3 shall be landing in cinemas come Friday July 1st 2011, Variety:
Paramount and DreamWorks are forging ahead with “Transformers 3,” dating the movie for release on July 1, 2011.
It’s the first word of the three-quel, although Paramount insiders downplayed the importance of the move.
They said the studio wanted to claim the date before a competitor did, considering that the 2011 summer release calendar is filling up.
No deals have been inked with director Michael Bay or franchise stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Nor has a writer been hired for the third installment.
I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 — they asked me on the phone — I said yes to July 4 — but for 2012 — whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.
Looks like someone messed up here. No date set for now — but we know Transformers 3 is definitely planned.