What exactly is going on with Transformers: The Last Knight is a question inside an enigma and smothered in secret sauce. We know that the film will feature characters from all four previous live-action films, and that it will also feature King Arthur and Merlin for some reason. As non-sequitur flashbacks got, it’s not as bad as having the Transformers in Ancient Egypt, but Medieval times is still an odd place to find ROBOTS THAT TURN INTO CARS AND PLANES!!! The next level oddness is that The Last Knight will also seemingly flashback to World War II, but in the process of shooting that scene Michael Bay has stepped on some highly vaunted toes.
It goes like this: The Sun recently released some photos of a Nazi flag-draped estate in England where Bay is shooting his World War II scenes for the movie. It’s probably not an unfamiliar site, as its unlikely that this is the first WWII movie shot in England, but what did make the situation unusual, not to mention controversial, was the fact that the estate belonged to Winston Churchill. No big deal right? He did just lead England through the darkest period of its history and on to victory over the Third Reich, what could possibly go wrong throwing a bunch of Nazi flags up around his old house?
Well, Bay was forced to respond the uproar by going on the BBC to explain himself, and in the process he displayed a tremendous amount of humility and… Just kidding!
There’s a thing I saw in the paper today about Blenheim and I just want to say people were not fortunate enough to read the script and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero. And Churchill would be smiling about last night.
Well, when you see the movie you’ll understand and I’m for one, probably more than any director in the world, shot more veterans and more active military men and women in my movies. And you can actually look it up. OK? I would do nothing to disrespect veterans.
So there you go, Michael Bay would never disrespect Churchill because he’s the most patriotic director of all time! Now many of Bay’s movies, especially the Transformers ones, could euphemistically be described as “military porn,” and there’s more than enough patriotic imagery in them to make the ‘MURICA subreddit lose any sense of irony, but there had to be a better way to explain himself that beating his chest and humble-bragging. How about saying, “I understand where people would take offense, but I promise that when people see the movie, it will all make sense”? No, that’s too subtle for Bay, like having a Transformers movie with lots of time travel. I guess we’ll see how it all comes together.
Transformers: The Last Knight will be in theaters everywhere on June 23, 2017.
Source: Screen Crush