1:46pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Rejoice: The Dinobots Will Rampage Through 'Transformers 4'
It's finally official: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed that Transformers 4 will indeed differentiate itself from its three predecessors by featuring the cinematic debut of the greatest of all Transformers concepts: the Dinobots.
Talking during an interview with China's Beijing News -- translated by the Tformers fan site -- di Bonaventura said that while he "cannot disclose the specifics," fans could be sure that arrival of the Dinobots will "bring new excitement" to the movie series.
The appearance of the five Dinobots -- Grimlock, Slag, Snarl, Swoop and Sludge, for those trying to remember their names -- in next year's fourth Transformers installment has been the subject of rumor for some time, but this is the first official confirmation that it will actually happen. Needless to say, this is a watershed moment for Transformers fans and professionals alike, as the simple concept of the franchise comes face-to-metaphorical-face with an idea that, while undoubtedly cool, completely undermines the entire concept in one fell swoop (No pun intended).
The Transformers, after all, are "robots in disguise" -- that is, robots that hide their presence on Earth by pretending to be everyday objects and vehicles that wouldn't arouse any suspicion from pesky humans. Dinosaurs, for all their awesomeness, do not really fall under the heading of "everyday objects."
There's mythology to explain this, of course -- traditionally, the Dinobots are Transformers who landed on Earth in prehistoric times and chose contemporary forms -- but all of that is undermined when the Dinobots show up in the present day to cause trouble, smash scenery and try to take out any troublesome Decepticons in the area. We can but hope that none of this troubles the movie itself, and that the on-screen Dinobots are a visual feast that crosses Pacific Rim with Jurassic Park and leaves audiences too dumbfounded by spectacle to give thought to any narrative doubts they may have. Hey, it (almost) worked for Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen…