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The New Trailer For ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Wants to Know if You Fight Like a Girl

The new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight landed yesterday, focusing on Isabela Moner’s character Izabella. Izabella is a young girl who has been apparently spending a lot of her time in a junkyard with robots — I mean, that’s what I got out of the trailer at least.

Honestly, I think someone must have pointed out to Michael Bay that the Star Wars franchise has been doing really well with women in lead action roles, and as an attempt to market to young girls this is his “close enough.” I mean, she could be a great character if handled well, but I’m not sure how much I actually trust Michael Bay to do it.

I guess we’ll find out when Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.

The Bumblebee Spin-Off Transformers Movie Has a Director (Who is Thankfully NOT Michael Bay)

Okay, so we never thought Michael Bay would direct the Bumblebee spin-off movie, but it’s just nice to think about finally getting a Transformers movie without him. It’s a wonderful feeling.

Anyway, as for who is directing the Bumblebee film, it’s been reported that Travis Knight is taking the reigns. Knight is probably best known for directing the Oscar-nominated animated film Kubo and the Two Strings, and this would be his live action debut.

The Bumblebee movie, which is disappointingly just being called Bumblebee, is the first foray into the Transformers cinematic universe outside the main line of films. Should this be successful, we may see other movies made about standout characters in the series who aren’t Bumblebee, Optimus Prime or Megatron.

…though I can’t think of any off the top of my head.

Bumblebee comes out June 8, 2018.

Via Variety

This Year’s Geeky Super Bowl Ads You May Have Missed

Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.

That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.

Let’s get started then. Continue reading This Year’s Geeky Super Bowl Ads You May Have Missed

The First Trailer For ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Is Unsurprising

If you took footage from every science fiction and superhero from across the last twenty years and mashed them all up to create a single trailer which would both convey visual spectacle yet have zero depth… you’d get the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. And since Michael Bay’s Transformers movies thus far have usually been all visual and zero depth, I guess that’s unsurprising.

There was a time where I rejoiced at seeing Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen, and I really did enjoy the first couple of entries into this franchise. But the fourth movie was six parts boring to one part creepy, and it’s hard for me to get excited about yet another foray into this particular Transformers’ universe.

And, I’m loathe to admit this, I kinda miss Shia.

Whether we want it to or not, Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.

Episode 65 – Not Soon Enough

On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast, Trae and Nick are going it on their own (as Pher is unfortunately ill). We mourn the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, contemplate Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, consider Star Wars Episode VIII’s move to December 2017, skeptically consider Michael Bay’s future with the Transformers franchise, wonder where all the money is from TCE2, and talk about Yourminicon cancelling half of their conventions.

And I guess some other stuff. We rambled a bit.

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Michael Bay Says Transformers 5 Will Be His Last One, Totally Means It This Time

In an interview with Collider, director Michael Bay stated that that the upcoming Transformers 5 would be his final time directing a film in the franchise. After this one, he will be leaving the franchise to move onto other projects. He doesn’t want to spend one more additional minute chronicling the adventures of Optimus Prime. He’s totally done after this one.

…pardon me if I have a hard time believing him.

You see, we’ve heard this before. Like more than once. Since the third movie, it’s continuously been his “last” Transformers film. So, like I said last time, I guess I’ll finally believe him once a different director’s name is attached to Transformers 6.

Not buying it until that happens though.

Transformers 5 is scheduled for a mid-2017 release.

Via Collider

Episode 64 – No Ending in Sight

On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we tackle Toho’s new Godzilla design, CBS is suing the creators of Star Trek fan film Axanar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is crushing it at the box office, Hasbro can’t get things right with Rey, and No Boys Dorm just kind of kicks ass.

You should totally watch it.

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Hasbro Corrects Course, Will Add Rey to Star Wars Monopoly

Daisy Ridley’s Rey is, without a doubt, the central character of the seventh Star Wars film. I mean, it’s not a significant spoiler to say that she’s as central to The Force Awakens as Luke was to A New Hope. That’s why when Rey was excluded from the new Star Wars edition of Monopoly (which included Original Trilogy Luke, Darth Vader, Finn and Kylo Ren), there was not just confusion — but outcry.

No one buys specialized Monopoly games to play Monopoly, they buy them for the cool pieces you can display, play with, and look at. The board game is an excuse to stare at the characters for a few hours before you realize that you’ve been tricked into playing Monopoly again by that one guy’s friend named Andrew, and that this whole time you could have been watching the movie again instead.

Not having the central character included is kind of a big deal.

And I mean, if this had been an isolated incident, it would have just been annoying — Finn is still pretty cool on his own (and as much a main character in this movie as Han Solo was in the original films). But Hasbro has a history of intentionally excluding women characters from toys, making this seem like just another in a long string of sexist bad decisions by the toy company.

Hasbro initially tried to justify the decision, claiming it was to avoid spoilers, but that seems weird to me as it would imply that saying Finn was a main character somehow wouldn’t be one. The good news is that Hasbro has seen the light (or at least the money), and has decided to revamp future versions of the product.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hasbro will be adding Rey to the game. The version with her won’t be here until “later this year,” but that’s just mostly because it takes time to make a sculpt and mass produce a new figure (not to mention they want to sell off the copies of the game they’ve already produced).

So yeah Hasbro, maybe next time don’t assume no one will want the main character just because she’s a woman, okay?

Via EW

‘Transformers 5’ May Feature Unicron

Transformers 4 may have been so uninteresting that I actually, for the first time I can actually recall, left in the middle of it — but that’s not stopping Hasbro from making another one. The latest rumor about Transformers 5 is an interesting one for long time fans of the franchise though.

According to Mark Ryan, the voice of Jetfire and Lockdown, Transformers 5 will feature two concurrent storylines — and one of them will include Unicron himself.

Unicron, of course, was first introduced in the 1986 Transformers film, and was famously played by Orson Welles. The character has since gone on to appear in various incarnations of the franchise, and like “The Fallen” seen in the second live action film is a “Multiversal singularity” in Hasbro’s canon.

If you don’t know what that means, it’s okay — neither does Michael Bay.

The film will also include the Quintessons, who are my least favorite (and often retconned away) piece of the lore. Of course, that is assuming what was said by Ryan was true and not a misdirect.

Or something.

I don’t even know anymore.

Via IGN

An “Adult” Transformers TV Series Announced

Filed under “things I wanted fifteen years ago but I’m not actually sure that I still do,” Hasbro has announced that they and Machinima are producing a new series called Transformers: Combiner Wars which will be targeted at adult and teen fans.

Cue celebrations from the dark corners of the internet who want everything to be made from all-black plastic.

Cue complaints and whining from the same corners of the internet once the series actually debuts.

Look, I know this sounds like a thing that we want. I mean, it really does — the comics have been really good lately, but I’m a bit skeptical.

I guess we’ll find out either way.

Via AV Club