It’s a (Grim)Lock: Dinobots Confirmed For Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction

In retrospect, we can all say we saw it coming. I mean, seriously, how long can we – an audience of attention-deficient explosion junkies – gawk at at that robotic ballet spinning pirouettes of mayhem and wreaking titanium destruction without refreshing the flagging serial with a brand-new beefcake, not to mention a whole slew of prehistorically-modelled dinobots?.

dinobots transformers 4But the vast chorus of “I knew it”s was finally launched by a confirmation this week, first in the form of Marc Wahlberg’s titillating dissembling, followed by the real deal, from a Beijing News (via Empire) interview with ‘Age’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Like this: “I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about.”

If you can trust the translation and source (Beijing?), and blissfully ignore the lack of specifics, then what we have right there folks is an incontrovertible confirmation. Dinobots will be making an appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction, scheduled to release June 27, 2014.

Do I hear the rustlings of twenty-million Dinobot fans making ready to leave their lairs in anticipation if the release date? That is, will the appearance of a popular Transformer subset with a stably and loyal fan base be enough to revitalize a dwindling audience? Let’s hope so, for fans who’d like to see Michael Bay bring it again and again and again.

Not to mention the storyline complexity that will ensue: a chapter of “When Dinobots” Attack” will inject a refreshing bit of ambiguity into an otherwise overwhelmingly black and white moral universe. Are they good? Are they evil? Are they biological? What does a mechanical dinosaur look like? That sounds like a question for Kool Keith if I ever heard one (links to video).

Let’s hope that dinosaur isn’t just another meat pushed through the summer blockbuster grinder, sacrificed for the sake of bucks and butts in seats and butter in buckets.

What do you all think?

Will Dinobots be the kick in the pants the Transformers franchise needs?

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