Highlights and Reveals From SDCC 2018’s Bumblebee Panel!

After yesterday’s toyline reveal at the Hasbro panel, the buzz around the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee just keeps on building with a ton of news from a panel focusing on the film itself! Among the news is two reveals about certain classic G1 characters who’ll be appearing, including one who might not be who you expect!

After a live performance of, what else but Stan Bush’s The Touch, director Travis Knight, who would later be joined by stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr., took the stage and the panel got under way. After a brief behind the scenes sizzle reel, Knight reiterated his common refrain from the press cycle for the film thus far, wanting to make sure everybody knows just how much he loves the original G1 incarnation of Transformers from his own childhood. He also revealed to the audience that we can expect to get some kind of a look of the Transformers’ home planet of Cybertron in the film!
With regards to the film’s villains, it was announced that, as theorized the two villains of Angela Basset’s Shatter (who is said to be based on the one-off G1 cartoon villain Nightbird) and Justin Theroux’s Dropkick were both Triple Changers. And on that front, we also got another surprising piece of Triple Changer news… The jet Transformer glimpsed at in the movie’s first trailer, who many assumed would be Starscream, is actually one of the original 1985 Triple Changers, Blitzwing! However, it was not specified if Blitzwing was a Decepticon here. At this point John Cena took the stage, and it was revealed he played “Agent Burns”, a human military commander the Decepticons have tricked into helping them hunt down Bumblebee.

Shortly after this, actual footage of the movie was shown, reportedly showing a fight between Bumblebee, Shatter, and Dropkick towards the beginning of the film. Not only that, but footage showing Bumblebee receiving an urgent, holographic message from none other than Optimus Prime was shown as well, complete with a new, G1 inspired design for the Autobot commander! In the Q&A portion after these clips, the voice of Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen closed the panel by jokingly asked Travis Knight where all his lines were and when he was finally going to get a movie all his own.
Though the Allspark wasn’t able to attend the panel ourselves, we’d like to thank @HybridNetwork, @PunchyCritic, JoBlo.com, and Entertainment Weekly for their write ups of the panel helping us put together our own!
With all this big news, if you need a place to vent your frustrations over Starscream getting snubbed or voice your elation at getting the G1 inspired Transformers movie of your dreams, head on over to the Bumblebee movie discussion thread on the Allspark forums or the Transformers TV and Movies channel on the Allspark Discord! And keep an eye either on our front page or our SDCC 2018 News Master List for the latest from the con!