Transformers Producer Confirms Optimus Prime For ‘Bumblebee 2’, Plus ‘Last Knight’ Sequel

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Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has confirmed they’re working on a Bumblebee sequel that will feature Autobot leader Optimus Prime, as well as another installment directly following Transformers: The Last Knight.

The last time we saw the fearless Autobot leader Optimus Prime take the lead in a feature film was also the last time Michael Bay directed a Transformers movie. Transformers: The Last Knight was the fifth installment in the Michael Bay Transformers film series to hit theaters and, to no one’s surprise, it quickly tanked among critics and fans alike. Bay’s Transformers films felt outdated and hollow. It was clear they couldn’t care less about the stories they were trying to tell as long as the robot-destroying action kept flowing. That formula was probably good for the first film, but after that, moviegoers weren’t buying Bay’s storytelling anymore.

In comes Travis Knight with Bumblebee showing us that these films can have a strong plot with great characters and still have great action sequences, making critics and fans want more of these types of Transformers movies in the future. Well, Transformers producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has great news for all of us. While speaking to Japanese entertainment website Cinema, Di Bonaventura confirmed they’re working on a Bumblebee sequel featuring Optimus Prime and that they’re also working on a Transformers: Last Knight sequel as well. Here’s what he had to say:

“We are already working on two projects and both have scripts under development. One is the latest in the main family series following the events of Transformers: The Last Knight and the other is a sequel to Bumblebee. So, we are thinking of films where Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will be the buddies, but when Optimus and Bumblebee are the movies of the protagonists … how human beings get involved in their drama In the first place, the size is different between human beings and theirs …. It’s a worrying point (laughs).”

There’s still no word if Michael Bay will be attached to these projects, although it seems likely he will be just as he was with Travis Knight’s Bumblebee. Di Bonaventura spoke in the past about how hard it is to make a good Optimus Prime film and to adequately portray the legendary Transformer hero on the silver screen.

What stories do you think these sequels might tell? Sound off in the comment section down below!

Directed by Travis Knight from a script written by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee 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.

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.

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

Source: Cinema

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

Ben 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 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

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

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 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 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

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.