“Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” hit theaters this week, and it probably comes as no surprise that the film is filled with nods to the classic Transformers cartoon, animated movie, and comic books. Of course, if you’re as much of a nerd for giant robots as I am, you’ll definitely want to keep watch for every call-out you can find.
Just like I did with “Green Lantern,” “Thor,” and “X-Men: First Class” this year, I’ve collected a list of five things to look for in “Dark Of The Moon” that will add a little extra fun — and Transformers savvy — to the movie-watching experience. Oh, and don’t worry: I’ve kept it all spoiler-free, so you can watch the video before you head to the theater.
And just in case you aren’t able to watch the video, I’ve compiled a quick breakdown of all of the elements to keep an eye out for below.
In the film, Rosie Huntington-Whitely replaces Megan Fox as the girlfriend of Shia LaBeouf’s character, Sam Witwicky. Rosie plays a character named Carly, and while the character is new to the live-action movie universe, she actually has a long history in the “Transformers” cartoons. In the original animated series, Carly is the wife of Spike Witwicky, who Shia’s character is based on.
2. THE ARK
A big element of the new movie is a mysterious spaceship that crashes on the moon. Early in the film, Optimus Prime calls the spaceship The Ark. In the original “Transformers” cartoons, The Ark is the name of the spaceship that first brought Optimus Prime and the rest of the Transformers to Earth, though it fills a slightly different role in the new film.
3. LEONARD NIMOY
You might recognize the voice of one of the new Transformers in the film, Sentinel Prime, as “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy. This isn’t Nimoy’s first time voicing one of the Robots In Disguise, as he provided the voice of Megatron’s successor, Galvatron, in “Transformers: The Animated Movie” way back in 1986.
4. SPACE BRIDGE
Without giving away any spoilers, a major element of the new film’s plot is the Space Bridge – a device that links Earth to the Transformers’ home world, Cybertron. Though the device is put to a slightly different use in the live-action movie, it’s been a longstanding part of Transformers history in the cartoons and comics, allowing them to travel between the two planets.
5. OLD NAMES, NEW ROBOTS
Along with the introduction of Optimus Prime’s predecessor, Sentinel Prime, in the new movie, there are also quite a few other well-known Transformers making their debut in Dark Of The Moon. They’ll be hard to miss, but keep an eye out for the debut of Autobots like Wheeljack (he looks like Albert Einstein) and Mirage (the red sports car), as well as Optimus Prime’s trailer. Fan-favorite Decepticon Shockwave also has a big role in the film, and so does the bird-like Lazerbeak – though he doesn’t transform into a cassette tape like his cartoon counterpart.
Of course, there’s going to be a lot more to discover in the film, so make sure you let us know what you find in the comment section or on Twitter!