Prepare Yourself For A 'Dark' TRANSFORMERS 4

If you want less jokes and a more serious tone in the next Transformers film, you may be in luck. Mark Wahlberg says you're on the right track when it comes to the two adjectives people often use to describe a new entry in an existing film franchise.

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By Mark Julian - 3/7/2013



So far, we know Transformers 4 will have a time-skip, picking up four (or five years depending on who you ask) after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Joining Mark Wahlberg will be relatively new Hollywood faces, Brenton Thwaites and Nicola Peltz in a film that's been described as being smaller than its predecessors. There's also unconfirmed talk from the Hasbro side of production that even the Autobots and Decepticons could undergoe slight redesigns. Besides these tidbits little else is known about the film. In the recent issue of Total Film Magazine, Mark Wahlberg reiterated some things that were previously known like the film is a reboot and that he's excited about it and that the film will be something special. But when the followup question was if the film will be darker and grittier, Wahlberg let slip, "Yeah...I don't want to get fired before I get started, but you're on the right track!" While I think a lot of moviegoers may be nearing "dark and gritty" fatigue, this might actually be a good development for a Transformers franchise that's given fans some pretty silly comic relief and one-punch humor. Is this the direction you'd like the Transformers franchise to go? Sound off in the comment section below. You can read more from Wahlberg in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine out now.



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ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 3/7/2013, 3:07 PM
a dark transformers? what happens optimus prime nukes hollywood and michael bay? now thats dark and [frick]ing gritty.
NoJobBOB - 3/7/2013, 3:09 PM
I'd rather it be dark and gritty and the shit they've put out before. The lame jokes and lame humor really bothered me.
TheSuperguy - 3/7/2013, 3:12 PM
I'm hoping this is a semi-reboot of the series, where they don't mention the old movies and start a new trilogy.
marvel72 - 3/7/2013, 3:13 PM
i like the action scenes of the transformers movies,its just the humor,acting & stories that suck.
sephiroth211 - 3/7/2013, 3:14 PM
Indeed, get rid of the dogs humping and crap and maybe we can talk. Who am I kidding...this is Michael Bay we're talking about. However I do like Wahlberg, so I wish him the best in this endeavor.
MrYurMomm - 3/7/2013, 3:17 PM
Hell yes. I want Optimus and the rest of the gang to go blood lust (energon lust?) crazy for taking his arm, and to avenge Iron-Hide's death. That'd be epic as hell.
CPBuff22 - 3/7/2013, 3:23 PM
"Dark & Gritty" is so 2008. This is 2013, The Avengers have landed... lets try for "Epic" now.
shiverman20 - 3/7/2013, 3:23 PM
always with the darker and grittier... how about trying 'good' for once
TheBeard - 3/7/2013, 3:33 PM
why did wahlberg say its a reboot, but yet it pick's up 4- 5 yea........ah [frick] it just give us the DINOBOTS damnit!
Gnyah123 - 3/7/2013, 3:41 PM
no more transformers...give me BEAST WARS!!
ExAmaxis - 3/7/2013, 3:42 PM
Nothing matters! I gave up on statements like this from actors supporting their movies a long time ago. I want to judge it by myself with my own two eyes (and ears...)!
And yes i agree with @shiverman20, enough with the "darker and grittier" trend! A good, enjoyable and memorable movie is all i want!
Ramiel - 3/7/2013, 3:43 PM
Why bother with this movie? You killed off Megatron, Soundwave, Star Scream, and Shockwave. There's no one left.
soberchimera - 3/7/2013, 3:45 PM
Oh Revenge of the Fallen was pretty dark, I know I felt like slitting my wrists while watching it.
ChanceX74 - 3/7/2013, 3:52 PM
Will it also be "gritty" and "edgy"?
GUNSMITH - 3/7/2013, 4:08 PM
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THEM NOT LOOK LIKE YOU SMEARED PEANUT BUTTER OVER A HUMANOID BODY AND ROLLED THEM AROUND IN A JUNKYARD FULL OF SCRAP METAL AND CRAP...

Shamo - 3/7/2013, 4:12 PM
sounds good. hated that cornball humour. lets see Marky Mark and the Ottobots F shit up.
ibravosp5 - 3/7/2013, 4:19 PM
I liked the movies but dark and gritty is what is needed....Michael Bay needs to take a page of the serious from the fall of cybertron guys...wait.....why won't the person that made those games write the movie?!?!
Irohny - 3/7/2013, 4:21 PM
I just wanna see Optimus Prime going HAM. Literally, 120 minutes of Optimus Prime [frick]ing Decepticons up would completely satisfy me.
HelaGood - 3/7/2013, 4:23 PM
sounds good on paper. but if michael bay is involved... game over.
MrMartinMarvel - 3/7/2013, 4:24 PM
Prepare Yourself For A "Crappy" Transformers 4.
Pooh - 3/7/2013, 4:33 PM
I guess that's one way to save money. Paint the Transformers darker and call it a redesign. Still not interested.
Pooh - 3/7/2013, 4:43 PM
BboiBlack - 3/7/2013, 4:46 PM
EVERYONE THAT HATED THE CORNBALL HUMOR NEEDS TO GO TO BOYCOTT THE HANGOVER 3...oh wait, cornball humor isn't all bad.
TheBeard - 3/7/2013, 4:46 PM
@MAGNETOX

Starscreams spark is eternal/immortal, and can possesse others even humans.


I would love to see the dinobots metroplex,tripticon,etc.

at the end of the day though they should reboot and get rid of Bay.Then start with the first movie being all about the war for cybertron NO HUMANS! Then at the end of the movie have the autobots flee cybertron and crash on earth like in gen 1.
3XmenAndaBabyHope - 3/7/2013, 4:52 PM
When revenge of the fallen was coming out they said it would be darker than the first. Then with dark of the moon bay said it would be the darkest of the franchise...
LoudLon - 3/7/2013, 4:58 PM
After the atrocious first flick, I never bothered with the other two. I might give this one a fair shake, though, because I'm a fan of Wahlberg's as an actor. Dude doesn't get enough credit; anyone who's seen Boogie Nights or The Fighter knows he's got chops. And IMO he was the best thing about the otherwise mediocre The Other Guys.
Pooh - 3/7/2013, 5:16 PM

@LoudLon, The Italian Job was a great movie. (But you really need a good sound system at home to get the full effect.)

I think this Transformers movie might be the end of Mark Wahlberg's career though.
eleven59 - 3/7/2013, 5:20 PM
If you want less jokes and a more serious tone in the next Transformers film, you may be in luck"

i dunno.. id prob even just settle for less humans... and less director
valeriesghost - 3/7/2013, 5:20 PM
LOL @gunsmith, that's one way to put it
aztecRaingod - 3/7/2013, 5:32 PM
[frick], everything is going "Dark" these days. I am pretty sure that sesame street is coming out with a "Dark" spinoff series starting Elmo. Good thing Romney didnt get elected.
aztecRaingod - 3/7/2013, 5:37 PM
Man of Steel topping Avengers? Oh the comedic hubris...

MOS wont even be movie of the year, let alone come close to the majesty of The Avengers.

IM3 will top MOS, Thor3 might even top MOS.
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 3/7/2013, 5:43 PM
By "darker" do they mean "not a steaming pile of absolute dog shit" like the first three films?!?!
CaptainObvious - 3/7/2013, 5:46 PM
Didn't Bay already try the dark and gritty angle with the third movie but failed miserably? Well, if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try until you have ruined a popular franchise.
DCfan89 - 3/7/2013, 5:57 PM
If its a reboot, how is it transformers 4??? and how is it 4 or 5 years after the last one..... thats not a reboot..... confused.
Jer3miah - 3/7/2013, 6:01 PM
Nothing Bay does will save this franchise. But watch the foolish fans still purchase the tickets when it is released.
TheAbomination - 3/7/2013, 6:05 PM
If someone calls another upcoming blockbuster film "dark," "gritty," or "grounded" one more time, I'm gonna punch a goddamn baby in the face!!
skabeds - 3/7/2013, 6:22 PM
Comment 1: Undergo slight redesigns? Like there weren't any redesigns in the first three???

Comment 2: The only reason Bay took back Transformers 3 being "his last one" was because deep down he knows it was crap and everyone (mainly fans) knows its crap and was afraid that someone else would more than likely do a better job than him. And his Ego ain't got no time for that!

Comment 3: Was Energon ever even referenced in ANY of the movies? If I remember correctly, wasn't that was either side was fighting for control of for the most part in the original cartoons?
GhostKILLERgx7 - 3/7/2013, 7:01 PM
it's not going to be "darker" it will just dim the lights a bit.
croniccris - 3/7/2013, 7:13 PM
Beast wars would be b*tchin! And I think dark and grittier means more sarcasm and schick
sephiroth211 - 3/7/2013, 7:20 PM


If there is anyone out there reading these comments that's involved with this film please show these designs to your boss.
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