Bumblebee And Optimus Rumble In TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT Super Bowl Ad

Bonus: an open letter from Michael Bay himself.

I guess this is just how it is now. We get all our Super Bowl commercials early. Here’s one for Transformers: The Last Knight:

I’m surprised how little is here. I mean, at the end of the day it’s just a TV spot. There’s not a lot of oomph to it compared to the actual trailer, though I suppose we do get to see a tiny bit more of Optimus and Bumblebee’s fight.

Is that a turn of events that really has people excited? I can’t picture anyone lamenting a falling out between these two particular comrades. Optimus Prime’s whole deal is that he kills the shit out of things. It was only a matter of time before he got pissed at his mute sidekick. Especially now that they can no longer bond over mutual Sam Witwicky annoyance.

But this trailer isn’t all we have. It comes with an open letter from Michael Bay to his fans, announcing his retirement from the Transformer series:

I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.

It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers: Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind); Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Zak Penn (Ready Player One); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider); Christina Hodson (Bumblebee); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil, Smallville); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost); and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).

Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan’s dream room.

We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.

I can safely say that there’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight.

It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.

It’s a final chapter and a new beginning. Here’s the writers’ log line:

The hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.