Coming Soon has gotten hold of a huge new banner for Paramount Pictures July 1st threequel Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. The image shows Optimus Prime in a killer pose with a big-ass gun and his signature blade drawn. In the background, a near demolished urban environment (which may or may not be Chicago, where the film shot the bulk of its action sequences last summer).
I'm a fan of the franchise, if only for its nostalgia tied into my childhood. The first film was fun, the second not so much. But director Michael Bay says that he's making amends for Revenge of the Fallen with Dark of the Moon: "This one is a more mature storyline, definitely darker, more emotional in the end. You feel the stakes are higher because it takes place in an American city. You're not disconnected with Egypt and the pyramids. I'm very happy with the movie," adding that it's a more "intimate" experience: "There's no cavalry coming. I've said this to Ehren [Kruger, screenwriter], we were talking about concept, we used the term 'Black Hawk Down.' We try to make the cavalry unable to come. And it's more fun to watch our heroes in this epic ending with just a small group."
I can't wait to see the spectacle that Bay has prepared for us in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (in 3D), so to tide myself over I've decided to run this image of Optimus looking as bad-ass as ever. Check it out below and click on it for a (much) larger and clearer version.