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Exclusive (Spoilers): What classic characters are set to appear in Transformers 4?

May. 21, 2013by: Paul Shirey

SPOILER WARNING: The below scoop, while a "rumor," contains potential spoilers for TRANSFORMERS 4. If you read on, know that you've given up the right to bitch and moan about spoilers, as you've been justly warned. Now, let's get on with it, shall we?

So, today we have a bit of a scoop explosion, which comes from a reliable source who relayed a hefty amount of info on some big upcoming projects, gleaned from a recent marketing event. One of those projects is TRANSFORMERS 4, which entails some information that, if true, will likely alter the perception of many who are fatigued with the franchise.

Your first hint is below:

That's right, folks, our source has confirmed that TRANSFORMERS 4 will feature none other than the famed Dinobots, including fan favorite Grimlock. No word on whether he'll retain his neanderthal voice, but one can only hope he does as that's a true staple of the character. One of the villains of the film will be a character named Lockdown, who has a ship full of decommissioned Transformers, including the dinobots, which are somehow brought back to life by a captured Optimus Prime. Prime is joined by returning autobot Bumblebee and at one point both characters (and potentially others) will "ride" the Dinobots into battle in Hong Kong (which fits well within the announcement that the film would film partially in China), with Prime on Grimlock and Bumblebee on a Pterandon, presumably Swoop. 

Additionally, the autobot Hound will make his debut, as well as a former "Samurai" Decepticon that wants to regain his honor and become an Autobot (UPDATE: Source confirms this is Drift). And what about Megatron, who is presumed dead after the last film? Well, fans of TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE will be happy to know that not only will the dinobots be making their debut, but also Galvatron, who is basically Megatron "reborn" (and originally voiced by the first Spock, Leonard Nimoy).

If it checks out, then I think having both the Dinobots and Galvatron in TRANSFORMERS 4 will likely sway a lot of folks back into the fold. There are already plenty of naysayers who will no doubt guzzle the Baytorade and that's fine. It's kind of expected. However, for those who want to see these classic characters grace the big screen this could end up being a righteous development.

TRANSFORMERS 4, directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, and Sophia Myles is set to get prehistoric on June 27, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think? Are Dinobots and Galvatron enough to get you excited for Transformers again?
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:21AM on 05/21/2013

the news sounds cool, but its rumor

just have to wait and see what happens, all i want is some robots that dont look so damn complicated, simplify them a bit, might help figure out what the hell is going on durong a fight scene and less focus on love between humans. i really didnt care for shia or megan, or Jason Stathams girlfriend, nice to look at, but not what we want in a transformer movies. i wonder how these films will turn out if Cameron, Abrams or Nolan was filming,
just have to wait and see what happens, all i want is some robots that dont look so damn complicated, simplify them a bit, might help figure out what the hell is going on durong a fight scene and less focus on love between humans. i really didnt care for shia or megan, or Jason Stathams girlfriend, nice to look at, but not what we want in a transformer movies. i wonder how these films will turn out if Cameron, Abrams or Nolan was filming,
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2:06PM on 05/21/2013
@MickLoud

Abrams- You do know Abrams only produced cloverfield right? He didn't write or direct.

Nolan- Cause as we all know Inception was totally realistic

Cameron- Have you seen Terminator 2?

I know you can't change a hater's mind but come on, at least try and make your points relevant and not totally useless by a one sentence counterpoint.


@Tearlis, interesting thought, other than the fact they'd be nearly completely different movies under any one of those directors. Only
@MickLoud

Abrams- You do know Abrams only produced cloverfield right? He didn't write or direct.

Nolan- Cause as we all know Inception was totally realistic

Cameron- Have you seen Terminator 2?

I know you can't change a hater's mind but come on, at least try and make your points relevant and not totally useless by a one sentence counterpoint.


@Tearlis, interesting thought, other than the fact they'd be nearly completely different movies under any one of those directors. Only thing I think that would stay the same is maybe the action scenes, I dunno, in some fight scenes I had no problem figuring out what was going on unless they were over complicating things with certain characters (the worm in TF3 or Devastator)
12:21PM on 05/21/2013
Well, if Abrams made Transformers - we'd never actually see the transformers or have a consistent plot. It would be the responsibility of the audience to infer what Transformers look like and figure out character motivations for themselves.

If Nolan made this movie (which would never happen), we'd have basic cars, which may or may not talk but could communicate with humans. Because the movie needs to feel as real as possible and cars transforming into robots is not realistic at all.

If
Well, if Abrams made Transformers - we'd never actually see the transformers or have a consistent plot. It would be the responsibility of the audience to infer what Transformers look like and figure out character motivations for themselves.

If Nolan made this movie (which would never happen), we'd have basic cars, which may or may not talk but could communicate with humans. Because the movie needs to feel as real as possible and cars transforming into robots is not realistic at all.

If Cameron filmed it, it would be in 3-D the whole time and new technology for the sake of new technology that doesn't actually add anything to the story. And beyond that, the story would just be ripped off of some historic fable or fairy tale. But the action sequences would look amazing.
10:25AM on 05/21/2013
The dinobots would be great to see, but I hope they're more comedic and not a bunch of bumbling stooges in this.
The dinobots would be great to see, but I hope they're more comedic and not a bunch of bumbling stooges in this.
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12:41PM on 05/21/2013
Almost forgot about that, well we can only hope it doesn't come to that.
Almost forgot about that, well we can only hope it doesn't come to that.
12:03PM on 05/21/2013
You forget who you're dealing with. The height of comedy to Michael Bay is giving Transformers incredibly racist personalities. The Dinobots will probably sound like Tonto.
You forget who you're dealing with. The height of comedy to Michael Bay is giving Transformers incredibly racist personalities. The Dinobots will probably sound like Tonto.
10:28AM on 05/21/2013
Oh yeah, if this is real, bring on Dinobots. Me want Grimlock!
Oh yeah, if this is real, bring on Dinobots. Me want Grimlock!
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10:30AM on 05/21/2013
With the same creative team behind it there is nothing to get me excited about this movie. The first one was just OK. The second was one of the worst films I've ever seen, and the third was little better.

They said the characters would be redesigned this time around, but if those pictures of Hound are correct it looks the same as in previous films, which were never terribly compelling. I'll pass.
With the same creative team behind it there is nothing to get me excited about this movie. The first one was just OK. The second was one of the worst films I've ever seen, and the third was little better.

They said the characters would be redesigned this time around, but if those pictures of Hound are correct it looks the same as in previous films, which were never terribly compelling. I'll pass.
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5:24PM on 05/21/2013
Could not have said it better myself.
Could not have said it better myself.
11:24AM on 05/21/2013
"a former "Samurai" Decepticon that wants to regain his honor and become an Autobot" Prowl, I guess. Since Lockdown is there as well. From the description, maybe he's gonna be reimagined as a reformed Barricade?
"a former "Samurai" Decepticon that wants to regain his honor and become an Autobot" Prowl, I guess. Since Lockdown is there as well. From the description, maybe he's gonna be reimagined as a reformed Barricade?
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11:25AM on 05/21/2013
They will "ride" the Dinobots? Did I read that right?
They will "ride" the Dinobots? Did I read that right?
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11:28AM on 05/21/2013

much

more gooder bay much more gooder
more gooder bay much more gooder
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12:02PM on 05/21/2013
This is already turning out to be my favorite Transformer film. I just hope Bay takes down the comedic element and makes the film more serious (the most serious you can make with giant robots fighting one another).
This is already turning out to be my favorite Transformer film. I just hope Bay takes down the comedic element and makes the film more serious (the most serious you can make with giant robots fighting one another).
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12:44PM on 05/21/2013
The first movie is about as good as Transformers will ever get, with Bay in creative control at least.
The first movie is about as good as Transformers will ever get, with Bay in creative control at least.
12:22PM on 05/21/2013

@ The_Soloist

"This is already turning out to be my favorite Transformer film." Based off of what? A Rumor.. I am totally convinced that The_Soloist is a group of people using the same account. Sometimes he makes statements that sound logical, other times he sounds like a little kid and sometimes he sounds like he just landed on this planet. IDK
"This is already turning out to be my favorite Transformer film." Based off of what? A Rumor.. I am totally convinced that The_Soloist is a group of people using the same account. Sometimes he makes statements that sound logical, other times he sounds like a little kid and sometimes he sounds like he just landed on this planet. IDK
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5:01AM on 05/23/2013
the beauty of the Soloist is everything is THE BEST all the time. his wide-eyed wonder makes me smile...as i downvote the shit out of him
the beauty of the Soloist is everything is THE BEST all the time. his wide-eyed wonder makes me smile...as i downvote the shit out of him
4:27AM on 05/22/2013
Part of me wants to stop downvoting The Soloist and part of me wants to see if he can break the -100 barrier. I suppose I should downvote him for even suggesting that they can make a good Transformers movie without Megan Fox. Well, maybe if Sasha Grey took over the role of Megan Fox in the first two movies that would work. ;)
Part of me wants to stop downvoting The Soloist and part of me wants to see if he can break the -100 barrier. I suppose I should downvote him for even suggesting that they can make a good Transformers movie without Megan Fox. Well, maybe if Sasha Grey took over the role of Megan Fox in the first two movies that would work. ;)
1:32PM on 05/21/2013
I guess just the possible inclusion of a character is enough to sway soloist's opinion, just how every new movie he/she sees is "the best movie of the year".
I guess just the possible inclusion of a character is enough to sway soloist's opinion, just how every new movie he/she sees is "the best movie of the year".
12:22PM on 05/21/2013
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12:22PM on 05/21/2013
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12:25PM on 05/21/2013
I kind of take this one with a grain of salt. I can't find the article, but it was reported that the dinobots would appear in Transformers 2 as well and that didn't pan out.
I dunno, it's cool that they're going to add more characters. But really, considering they only give screen time and plot development to Optimus Prime and Bumbelbee, what's the point? These characters will only be cool if Bay does what he says he's going to do and spend more time developing the transformers as
I kind of take this one with a grain of salt. I can't find the article, but it was reported that the dinobots would appear in Transformers 2 as well and that didn't pan out.
I dunno, it's cool that they're going to add more characters. But really, considering they only give screen time and plot development to Optimus Prime and Bumbelbee, what's the point? These characters will only be cool if Bay does what he says he's going to do and spend more time developing the transformers as characters instead of focusing on silly human stories the whole time.
And No one wants to see Optimus Prime riding a Dinobot. That sounds fucking retarded!
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1:35PM on 05/21/2013

bad idea

If bay can make 2 completely new characters (the twins) one of the most stereotypical, over the top, racist, annoying characters of all time. Imagine how bad/non badass/annoying the dinobots are gonna be.

They were comedic relief (at least grimlock was) in the cartoon. Multiply that by 1000 and add more stupidity in a Bay movie. This is what I fear you're going to get in TF4. Really hoping i'm wrong.
If bay can make 2 completely new characters (the twins) one of the most stereotypical, over the top, racist, annoying characters of all time. Imagine how bad/non badass/annoying the dinobots are gonna be.

They were comedic relief (at least grimlock was) in the cartoon. Multiply that by 1000 and add more stupidity in a Bay movie. This is what I fear you're going to get in TF4. Really hoping i'm wrong.
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2:00PM on 05/21/2013
If they have Walberg sing the Theme Song (already done in Boogie Nights) Then this would be epic.
Another set of Combiners or Omega Supreme thrown in for good measure.
If they have Walberg sing the Theme Song (already done in Boogie Nights) Then this would be epic.
Another set of Combiners or Omega Supreme thrown in for good measure.
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2:39PM on 05/21/2013

Hound and lockdown?!!

I used to watch everything from the transformers and was a big fan but those names dont sound familiar to me.
There are so many cool characters, why does he keep using made up bots or the lesser known ones.
Where are kup, hot rod, ultra magnus,springer, soundblaster, fortress maximus....
I used to watch everything from the transformers and was a big fan but those names dont sound familiar to me.
There are so many cool characters, why does he keep using made up bots or the lesser known ones.
Where are kup, hot rod, ultra magnus,springer, soundblaster, fortress maximus....
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7:53PM on 05/21/2013
Hound is a G1 character. I've never heard of Lockdown though.
Hound is a G1 character. I've never heard of Lockdown though.
2:43PM on 05/21/2013

Me Grimlock Stomp Bay

i like all the characters mentioned above but then again i also liked Devastator, Megatron, Skyfire, etc before Bay got his shit-coated hands all over them. i have no hope here.
i like all the characters mentioned above but then again i also liked Devastator, Megatron, Skyfire, etc before Bay got his shit-coated hands all over them. i have no hope here.
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4:23PM on 05/21/2013
I was already thinking even before reading the article, I bet it's the dinobots, but I was also thinking it could be Devastator. Who knows maybe Bay is finally starting to take it serious, but who knows? Did he learn a lesson from producing Ninja Turtles & is listening to fanboys for once? Always liked the Transformers movies anyway. It's really getting old how people hate on them & Bay so much.
I was already thinking even before reading the article, I bet it's the dinobots, but I was also thinking it could be Devastator. Who knows maybe Bay is finally starting to take it serious, but who knows? Did he learn a lesson from producing Ninja Turtles & is listening to fanboys for once? Always liked the Transformers movies anyway. It's really getting old how people hate on them & Bay so much.
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6:33PM on 05/21/2013
Interesting choices but I thought Bay said he'd never use the Dinobots. Granted I would love to see, hopefully all 5, it does feel pointless to throw them in. That aside, Lockdown and Galvatron are interesting choices. I would love to see more actual Autobots like Hound moreso than Drift. I mean, in 3 movies, we never got Prowl, Sunsteaker, Tracks, Smokescreen, Red Alert, I mean the list is pretty huge. I really hope we get some new classics back and this isn't just Optimus, Bumblebee and the
Interesting choices but I thought Bay said he'd never use the Dinobots. Granted I would love to see, hopefully all 5, it does feel pointless to throw them in. That aside, Lockdown and Galvatron are interesting choices. I would love to see more actual Autobots like Hound moreso than Drift. I mean, in 3 movies, we never got Prowl, Sunsteaker, Tracks, Smokescreen, Red Alert, I mean the list is pretty huge. I really hope we get some new classics back and this isn't just Optimus, Bumblebee and the Dinobots.
Guess we'll see.
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7:51PM on 05/21/2013
I just wish they actually made all these characters in a little more resemblance to G1, rather than all the crap that has come since then.
I just wish they actually made all these characters in a little more resemblance to G1, rather than all the crap that has come since then.
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9:39PM on 05/21/2013

I just want...

Rodimus! (Or Hot Rod as I used to know him)
Rodimus! (Or Hot Rod as I used to know him)
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5:37AM on 05/22/2013
Bring back Judd Nelson and you've got yourself a deal!
Bring back Judd Nelson and you've got yourself a deal!
11:41PM on 05/21/2013

What about...

unicron ? Please bay please give us fuckin unicron.
unicron ? Please bay please give us fuckin unicron.
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8:25AM on 05/22/2013
If they include the Dinobots, it'll be interesting to see how they justify their appearance. In the original stories they looked like dinosaurs because The Ark (the Autobots ship) crashed on prehistoric Earth and it scanned what was the dominant lifeform for disguises. There's a whole lot of backstory that wasn't in Bay's first three movies that you'd probably need for the Dinobots to make any sense (not that that's Michael Bay's primary concern when making a Transformers movie). As much as I
If they include the Dinobots, it'll be interesting to see how they justify their appearance. In the original stories they looked like dinosaurs because The Ark (the Autobots ship) crashed on prehistoric Earth and it scanned what was the dominant lifeform for disguises. There's a whole lot of backstory that wasn't in Bay's first three movies that you'd probably need for the Dinobots to make any sense (not that that's Michael Bay's primary concern when making a Transformers movie). As much as I wish this series had been more faithful to the original Transformers, I'd still be up for some robot dinosaurs.
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12:17PM on 05/22/2013

Could be good if done right.

I would love to see the Dinobots but they have to be done properly. So far Michael Bay has not done it well.
I would love to see the Dinobots but they have to be done properly. So far Michael Bay has not done it well.
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