Hasbro Officially Confirms ‘Bumblebee’ As ‘Transformers’ Reboot

Bumblebee Transformers Hasbro Hailee SteinfeldIt’s officially been announced that Bumblebee will be a reboot of the Transformers film franchise.

The Transformers brand made some noise at the New York Toy Fair 2019 and probably its biggest announcement was Hasbro confirming that Bumblebee will be rebooting the Transformers franchise.

2007’s Transformers was the beginning of a five-film franchise directed by Michael Bay. Last year, a spin-off film by the name of Bumblebee directed by Travis Knight, though produced by Michael Bay, had fans questioning if the studio was really just spinning off from the franchise or rebooting it.

Hasbro made the confirmation today at their product presentation which should excite fans of the franchise who appreciated Bumblebee‘s tone being closer to the original cartoon series, as well as the robot designs themselves.

In the 2007 Transformers film, fans who flocked out to the theaters to see the big-screen spectacle saw the hero Bumblebee befriend Sam, played by Shia Labeouf, and makes no mention of him in this new film. Instead, the titular hero meets Charlie, played by Hailee Steinfeld, and embarks on the film’s adventure with her.

The film was also noticeably a way smaller scale, allowing it to feel more personal and give fans more character development, which can get lost in a franchise with morphing robots and explosions. Bumblebee released on December 21, 2018, and ended its movie theater run making over $475 Million at the box office. A sequel to the film has already been reported to be in development at Paramount Pictures.

What did you think of the first Bumblebee film and are you excited to see a sequel? If this is a reboot of the Transformers franchise, what characters would you like to see return? Sound off in the comments below!

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

Directed by Travis Knight from a script written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Ian Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.

Bumblebee will be available on Digital March 19, followed by the 4K UHD and Blu-ray release on April 2.

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Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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  • Surendra Kumbhar

    Hi, would like see Optimus prime & Iron hide, but in original version.

  • Anubis_Necromancer

    At lat Hasbro sse the future.
    NOW make a G.I. Joe franchise

  • edward pogi

    Hasbro knew that Bayformers will limit the story telling of Transformers and many fans hated it being far from the original G1 origins including the characters being off from their characters except just being the same name. Did Bay knew why Ironhide is called Ironhide? The Decepticons became cars. Soundwave lost his stealth ability and became a Mercedes lol. Shockwave was a shocking disaster. There was a reason why the Cepts had aerial advantages which Prime highlighted numerous times in G1 which is why the Bots had to be creative in battle. TKnight showed how powerful the Cepts are and they can freakin triple change versus the Bots. TK made me watch and buy the blue ray for Bumblebee.

  • mattcoz

    Well that just makes the decision to cut Megatron from the movie that much more disappointing, because they did it to maintain continuity.

  • Glen Bosiwang

    I’d love to see Megatron in his G1 form, not to mention a completely new orchestrated cover of the classic theme song!

  • Dylan Goodfellow Crichton

    Sequel needs more action

  • Dare Chia
  • AnnoyTF

    Bullshit article. Travis Knight already confirmed the continuity as being with Bay’s films as a prequel. There are several links through google if you want to read them where this was clarified. The author clearly missing the 1987 timeline setting it before the 2007 Transformers and yet tying into that future movie timeline through a good handful of references within this film. The film also grossed less than what is claimed here (shy of $460 million in fact) as it did not make $475 million

    • cruizerdave

      Does it matter? The Bayformers films contradicted each other from film to film, and sometimes from frame to frame. They didn’t pay attention to continuity at all, so it really doesn’t matter if Bee is a reboot or not.

      • AnnoyTF

        If you want to talk frame to frame continuity these you’ve got dozens of reboots in G1 long before the 90’s ever hit, but I think you’d have some of your own sense to utilize when talking animation even for the 1980’s. as most fan kids did. Bay’s films weren’t 5 stars but they weren’t contradictory as much as there were a lot of loose ends with no backstory. You can save the excess rebooting of popular media entries in film to Marvel and DC as they have no problem muddying up the identities and universes of their established characters.

  • RobinBoyWonder

    yeah, but it’s a GOOD reboot, meaning everyone will hate it and it won’t make it past the second movie before getting rebooted to be in a crappy cinematic universe as a wimpy sidekick played by Tom Holland

    • cruizerdave

      Are you trying to say the Amazing Spider-Man was a good reboot?

      Because it wasn’t.

      • RobinBoyWonder

        ^ I rest my case

  • Colleen Beamer

    I was actually surprised. I didn’t think I would like the Bumblebee movie as much as I did. It was kind of nice to see the tie to the first Transformers movie on how Bumblebee lost his voice and how he started speaking through the radio. I would love to see a sequel. As far as the Transformers reboot goes, I’m happy as a clam. I would like to see any of the original Transformers, Optimus Prime, Ironhide, and Ratchet. Wouldn’t mind seeing Jazz who was killed in the first Transformers movie, but that would depend on the timeline of the new Transformers movie. Although I watched Transformers on TV with my son when he was small, my preference would be to see the Transformers in their updated format, but I can live with either format as long as there are more movies.
    I love the Transformers movies! As far as actors go, I’d love to see Josh Duhamel back, but I guess that would depend on the time line of the movie too.