5:28pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Transformers 4's Official Title, Poster Revealed: 'Age of Extinction'
Sorry, everyone who wanted it to be called Trans4mers -- and I count myself amongst your number. The title for the fourth Transformers movie has been officially released by Paramount, and it's the far more disappointing Transformers: Age of Extinction.
While the title would appear to offer up a dual meaning -- referring to both the presumably extinction-level threat that would bring newcomer to the franchise Mark Wahlberg together with Optimus Prime and the other Autobots as well as the now-extinct dinosaurs that the newly-confirmed Dinobots are modeled after -- Age of Extinction lacks the lyricism of the last movie's Dark of The Moon or mystery of the second installment's Revenge of the Fallen. Instead, as a title, it's just kind of… there.
Accompanying the reveal of the title on Yahoo! Movies was the first teaser poster for the movie, featuring the movie's now-familiar combination of the number 4 with the Decepticon insignia, partially covered by sand. Could this be call-out to a possible location for the movie? A tease for some kind of archeological discovery in the movie? A sad farewell to summer? Perhaps all three.
We'll have to wait for more details about the movie -- which opens June 27, 2014 -- for some idea of just what to expect from this latest age. At the very least, we can hope that the 5th Dimension's "Age of Aquarius" makes it into the first trailer. After all, if Guardians of the Galaxy can get away with using "Hooked On A Feeling" in its Comic-Con footage, that gauntlet's already been thrown.