If you thought a Transformers film featuring King Arthur was a head-scratcher, prepare for that same film to also contain Nazis.
According to The Guardian, set photos from Transformers: The Last Knight have revealed that Winston Churchill’s home, Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire has been transformed into the headquarters of Adolf Hitler.
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Set photos show that Churchill’s home has been draped with Nazi flags, along with extras in costume as SS stormtroopers. In response, veterans have voiced understandable outrage for how they feel this disrespects the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In an interview with The Sun, Colonel Richard Kemp, who was a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan had this to say:
“I know it’s a film, but it’s symbolically disrespectful to Churchill. He will be turning in his grave.”
It had already been known that time travel would play a role in the next Transformers film with King Arthur set to make an appearance, but now that we know that the era of World War II will also be visited, it makes one wonder what other figures from history can we expect to be announced to make appearances in the film?
Also confirmed to be making an appearance in the film are mini-dinobots, companions to the regular dinobots we saw in Transformers: Age of Extinction. This confirmation was made in a Facebook Live video by the star of Transformers: The Last Knight, Mark Wahlberg.
At 2 minutes 15 seconds into the video, Wahlberg mentioned that there will some cool new mini-dinobots that he thinks “fans will go crazy for.”
Update: Michael Bay has responded to the criticism over the use of Nazi flags in the film.
In an interview with the BBC today, Michael Bay was defending the use of Nazi flags in the next Transformers film.
“I just want to say, people were not fortunate enough to read the script, and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero. And Churchill would be smiling about Last Knight. They haven’t seen the movie, they don’t know the ending, and they don’t know how Churchill is a hero in this movie. So, as the staff said, ‘He’d be smiling right now.’”
Michael Bay, who is no stranger to directing films that portray members of the armed forces like Pearl Harbor and 13 Hours, further added:
“When you see the movie, you’ll understand. I for one, probably more than any director in the world, have shot more veterans and more active military men and women in my movies. I would do nothing to disrespect veterans.”
Transformers: The Last Knight will be released in theaters on June 23, 2017.
Source: The Guardian