The highly controversial, but no less impressive, Terminator: Genysis seems to be pulling out all the stops for this third time’s the charm attempt to make a bigger, better franchise for the cyborg saga. The seemingly ambitious project looks to re-write Terminator history so that this fifth installment is neither a remake or a reboot, while at the same time it recasts the classic roles from the 30-year-old film to tell a new story that takes place inside the original film. Only Arnold Schwarzenegger remains of course, he will play the older, yet still bad ass, T-800. Here’s the weird thing, in the last trailer, the film revealed what looked like a pretty big spoiler. And now, in the new poster and TV ad, it seems as if Genisys is doubling and tripling down on the spoilage. The good news, at least in the case of the TV commercial, is that it’s Japanese. So you’re fairly unlikely to see it if you’re hoping to avoid spoilers.
If you’re still reading, I assume you don’t care about being spoiled or have been spoiled already. If not, continue reading at your own risk.
You’ll recall that in the previously released trailer it was revealed that no only does the John Connor (now played by Jason Clarke) from the era of the War Against the Machines go back in time along with Kyle Reese (now played by Jai Courtney), but he is now also some kind of bizarro next gen Terminator even more advanced than the T-1000. In fact, it appears that John is the antagonist of the film, looking to stop Kyle, Sarah Connor (now played by Emilia Clarke) and her protector the older T-800 (Schwarzenegger) from fighting the future.
What a zany twist! One that the producers of Terminator will be spoiling again with the following poster (courtesy of Yahoo) that will likely be hanging in theaters everywhere:
In addition, the robotic John Connor is a presence in the following Japanese ad uncovered by JoBlo, which also highlights some of the fight between the Schwarzenegger cyborg from the original Terminator, and the old Terminator played by the present day Muscles from Brussels.
My hope is that Genisys has something else up its sleeve other than Terminator John Connor, because that would have been a great moment in the cinema for the Robo-Connor to reveal himself as the movies biggest bad. I’m more intrigued by Genisys now then I was when it first went into development, and after one subpar effort with a decent ending and one complete fustercluck from McG, we could all use an awesome Terminator movie again. Can Alan Taylor and the cast deliver? I guess we’ll find out on July 1.