The trailer is out for the next Transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen.
Looks interesting, but that depends on which Transfan you ask. Some fans don’t like the radical departure in design, even those who understand why they did it. Some..I’m not sure what they’re looking for, actually. The first movie was the set-up of a trilogy, and while there were a few scenes and one plot idea (the “outside” hacker, for example) that could have been dropped in favor of giving the characters a bit more “screen time”, including the Autobots, the approach was using the humans to draw the audience into the universe being created.
Granted, those of us who have kept themselves in the Transformers Multiverse all this time feel the changes more than the casual fans who may have drifted away when they got older. The people behind the movie are trying to get a wide range of audience, not just the rabbid fanbase that have been following the various TF series since the original. I don’t have a problem with that. I worry about the “everything for meeeeeee” fanbases, and some of them are getting the more violent, older-target TF they wanted. Violent enough that I’m of the impression that the toy’s target age group got left behind, which is a shame.
Weighing all factor, I enjoyed the first one enough to see it twice, and own the DVD. I like the IDW comic stories set in the Movieverse. (When they get shipped!) If fans are honest with themselves, Transformers has always been a multiverse, and who is to say which “G1” universe we should go with? There’s never been one “set in stone” universe, like Star Trek. The toys came first, the cartoons and comics (which were never set in the same universe) came afterwards, and that’s how it was approached.
Which one to choose? The one where Shockwave is Megatron’s loyal lapdog who waited four million years (a long time, even by Cybertron standards, I would think) for his Master to return, or the one where he took over the Decepticons shortly after waking, or the one where he took over shortly after Megatron disappeared, or the one where he’s currently a prisoner of some government organisation? The first two (cartoon and Marvel comic) existed at the same time! Somebody’s going to be disappointed somewhere.
Also, it’s a series about giant, shapeshifting, alien robots fighting a neverending war on Earth. It’s not exactly a “classic war picture”. It’s status as “action movie” is practically in the design (although not the “cosmic space fantasy epic” Simon Furman keeps writing). So I don’t know what fans are looking for there, either.
Paramount’s version of Transformers is meant to be a trilogy (although if they were smart, they’d go for francise, like the Spider-Man people should have). The first movie set things up. Let’s see where the second is headed. Personally, I can’t wait for it to come out, and I may end up seeing it twice again, if I have the opportunity. That depends on things on the homefront go.