Watch Optimus Prime ride a robotic T-Rex in Transformers: Age of Extinction
The fourth installment in Michael Bay's blockbuster franchise looks more ridiculous than ever

Michael Bay knows what you want. Yes, the Super Bowl commercial for Transformers: Age of Extinction gives us a few shots of Mark Wahlberg, who is taking over the franchise from Shia LaBeouf. But the 30-second glimpse of the upcoming blockbuster dispenses with our new protagonist as quickly as possible in favor of the real draw for Trans4mers: robot dinosaurs.

Yes, we have entered the Dinobot era of the Transformers franchise — and it is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. "Oh, you like Bumblebee?" asks the commercial. "Then what do you think about a two-headed robo-pterodactyl that's trying to eat him? Sure, Optimus Prime is pretty cool. But what about Optimus Prime, holding a sword, riding the back of a robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex?"

Truly, these are ideas that could only have been conceived by a second grader on a juice box binge. But Michael Bay has boldly taken robo-dinosaurs, which are generally seen as doodles in the margins of elementary-school math textbooks, and thrown them into a $165 million summer blockbuster. Will audiences respond to his gleefully insane more-is-more approach? We'll find out when Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters in June.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.


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