It looks like there will be two versions of Bumblebee in the forthcoming Transformers 4. A few weeks ago, director Michael Bay released an image of “a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS,” and now the 48-year-old director released a new image of a Concept Camaro from Chevrolet. It’s odd that Michael Bay would feature two Bumblebees in the new movie. Maybe Bumblebee die, only to be resurrected later in the film.
Or perhaps it’s a case where Bumblebee will transfer over to a sexier car like the Autobot general did in the first Transformers film in 2007. But on his personal website, action auteur Bay posted a new image of the Concept Camaro with the caption, “Trumpets please . . . Bumblebee, a 2014 Concept Camaro! . . . the final jewel in the Transformers 4 crown.” It certainly is a fine-looking automobile!
The latest car image released is the tenth image Michael Bay posted on his personal website. It’s curious to think if Bay would release images of every Autobot and Decepticon featured in Transformers 4 while the film is still in principle photography.
Out of the 10 images released so far, only one is a suspected Decepticon: the Freightliner Motormaster. The rest of the vehicles have been Autobots, including a redesigned Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and SideSwipe. The new additions to the Transformers franchise are the Autobots Hound, Drift, and a new car version of Slingshot, who has been traditionally a jet plane.
A new Sonic RS Rally Car has also been added to the Autobot roster, which is believed to be belong to Australian actor Brenton Thwaites’ racecar driver character. Bay also added a new and very expensive Pagani Huayra to the vehicle line-up.
Most of the new vehicles featured in Transformers 4 are brand-new additions to the film franchise. Last year, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner explained that, despite large box office grosses, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was a disappointment to the multinational toy and board game company. With toy sales down for the first time for the Transformers toy line, Hasbro felt that Transformers 4 needed to have new Autobots and Decepticons to boost falling toy sales.
According to Michael Bay, Transformers 4 will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. There are a few rumors that suggest the new Transformers film may also feature the epic civil war between Autobots and Decepticons back on Cybertron. The Transformer civil war has been mention throughout the entire film series, while it also played a small role in the third film in the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, in 2011. It would be great to see more of the violent conflict that brought the Autobots and Decepticons to Earth.
There is also a possibility that Transformers 4 will introduce fan-favorite villain Unicron into the film franchise. Honestly, if Transformers 4 only featured Autobots and Decepticons with no humans, that would make many Transformers fans (including myself) very, very happy.
The fourth installment in the Transformers series will also feature actors Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, and Kelsey Grammer as the film’s human villain.
Transformers 4 will hit theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX. Check out the first version of Bumblebee in Transformers 4 below: