Geekery: The Transformers Get Medieval

Looks like we’re getting not one, but two movies about people that carried swords and sat at a circular table.

Paging Dan Brown. Dan Brown? Do you like giant robots? If so we have a franchise that wants you.

The official synopsis released with this new trailer:

Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager; Bumblebee; an English Lord; and an Oxford Professor.

I’m not quite sure if that plot point makes it worse or better.

Speaking of King Arthur movies… Guy Ritchie’s quasi modern take on the legend of Arthur and Vortigern got it’s final trailer recently. It’s the best of the lot – it manages to not make it look entirely goofy. Minus the Flash Dance-esque punching the air really fast thing. The first trailer was released in July of 2016, and the movie has been moved back on the release schedule twice. It comes out a week after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – either they have all the confidence in the world or none at all in it.

So this summer we get 2 Arthurian based stories and 11 (by my count) other franchise related films between now and the end of August. While I am looking forward to Guardians Vol 2, I am growing tired of the seemingly endless stream franchise based spectacles. Marvel is scheduled out to 2019, and LucasArts and DC to 2020. My hope is maybe we’ll get something new after that… maybe.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters May 12th, and Transformers: The Last Knight on June 23rd.

~If you HAD to see one, which would it be?

  • Matthew

    King arther. It looks dumb but in a dumb-fun way. Transformers looks dumb-painful.

    • Jared Swenson

      I agree. Guy Ritchie films are those pleasures to watch if you don’t take them seriously. With transformers, well.. Im just sick of michael bay’s bull$#!+

  • Roman Himmelhan

    it’s featuring Jude Law as the bad guy and Led Zeppelin as the good music makers. At least the soundtrack should be great, then.

    • dave long island

      Song stealers!… lol

      • euansmith

        Back in the 1970’s it is a wonder their could remember the songs let alone who wrote them 😉

        • dave long island

          LOL… True dat, Euansmith. Tis a wonder indeed! 🙂

    • euansmith

      Personally I’d have got Dougray Scott in to play Vortigern, or Jared Harris (he was great as Moriarty in the “Game of Shadows”), or, better still, the old Guy Richie favourite, Alan Ford, nah, there’s a propa villain, an no mistake.

  • Gustav

    I guess I can live with the King Arthur movie, but I’d be a bit more accepting of it if it was just a generic ‘Mega-medieval-Warrior-man’ movie. My literature/history background reels at the Lord of the Rings level of fantasy. Heck, call it Age of Sigmar and I’m good.

    • Deathwing

      Well the warcraft movie with its fantastically terrible 28% rotten tomatoes score is getting a sequel so who knows.

  • euansmith

    I’m calling BS on the “new Transformers’ movie being directed by Michael Bay; in a couple of those shots the camera was practically stationary!

    “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.”? This is the second Led Zepplin track I’ve heard attached to a trailer this week (Thor: Ragnarok). It looks like Zep have finally unlocked their back catalogue for the plundering, and they might become the new “B-w-haaaarm” sound track for trailer makers.

  • Khristopher Brown

    So far the best takes on the Arthurian legends are the 1980s Excalibur, and season 9 and 10 of Stargate sg1 in my humble opinion. Not a fan of the dark ages, we’d have this solar system colonized by now with gundams if it didn’t happen. But going to watch transformers because prime has been my hero since I was a kid