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WERD/ART – “TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight” Billboard Poster

Transformers has had a bit of a muddy run hasn’t it? Divisive even among die hard fans, and met with misplaced surprise at every subsequent sequel announcement (they make a lot of money – With a worldwide total of $3,778,471,557 and each movie averaging about $700,000,000, is it really surprising that they keep crankin’ them out? ) Joe takes a look at the billboard poster for the latest in the TRANSFORMERS franchise – The Last Knight…

I’ve got little to no idea what’s going on here, but I like it. Content wise, it looks as though there are elements of Cybertron sticking out on the top left and bottom right corners of the poster, but then there are elements of earth architecture at the bottom also. There also appears to be some kind of battlestation/weaponized satellite in the middle and extended reading shows that “The Last Knight” could wind up being set on Cybertron, but I must admit, it’d be a bit weird not including earth in some way, just because it’s been their battleground for the last four movies.

As for the goons on the right, Visually they don’t recall anything, but I’ve read that Prime might be facing the creators/Quintessons. So I wonder if this is some kind of mechanical construct of theirs.

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Aesthetically I’m absolutely digging what they’re doing with colour here, Prime looks like something out of an ABC Warrior strip, and everything else is tinged with a psychedelic acridness.  Compositionally there’s a lot going on here, but placing Prime in the foreground really emphasises him and his importance to the tale. There’s a certain whimsicality to placement behind him, which goes hand in hand with the colour scheme, and suggests that something is amiss, perhaps with Cybertron, and if Prime is really going up against the creators then I’m guessing they have the power to manipulate matter as they see fit – hopefully we get to see some stunning Cybertronian vistas as a result.

But really, I have absolutely no idea what’s going on here. It just looks extremely cool. 

Joe Crouch is a crusty mollusc with delusions of grandeur and pretensions of artistic endeavour. His tea is served between two and four. He tweets, infrequently @Grost and Instagrams his food @Sourcrouch.

 

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