'Transformers 4' Retitled 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' Will Feature Dinobots

Dinobots

It looks like Michael Bay believes in evolution -- at least where Transformers are concerned. Following weeks of rumors, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (speaking with China's Beijing News) has reportedly confirmed that the legendary Dinobots will appear in the recently titled Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Introduced in 1984, the Dinobots -- a.k.a. Grimlock, Slag, Snarl, Swoop, and Sludge -- were built by the noble Autobots Wheeljack and Ratchet, who quickly discovered that their feeble brains and nearly indestructible bodies made them sort of dangerous; after the Dinobots nearly destroyed the Autobots, they were deactivated and locked away. It wasn't long, however, before a Decepticon attack convinced Wheeljack that he needed to upgrade the Dinobots' brains and turn them loose on the Decepticons, saving the day and introducing a whole new line of Transformers toys for Hasbro to make millions from.

Needless to say, while that paragraph might seem terribly silly to non-fans, the Dinobots are a source of consistent fascination for the faithful, and their introduction into the Transformers universe remains a watershed moment in franchise lore. All of which is to say that di Bonaventura's admission, coupled with a promise that the Dinobots' cinematic debut will "bring new excitement" to the Transformers movies, is big news.

On the other hand, it's still worth remembering that Michael Bay is directing, and that the human cast includes such occasionally ham-scented thespians as Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer...but hey, maybe the franchise's fourth time will be the charm with critics. And either way, you know this is going to make buckets of money for everyone involved, which is a good thing. Right?

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