It’s certainly a crowded summer when it comes to big tent pole movies, but the super heroes can’t have all the fun.  Optimus Prime and his fellow Transformers are roaring back into theaters in something of a reboot of the franchise, helmed by the franchise’s longtime director Michael Bay.  But the majority of the human cast has been replaced, with Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer taking leading roles.  But I doubt anyone will be going to see this movie for them.

Following the devastation of Chicago in the last movie, ‘Dark of the Moon‘, Optimus Prime and the other Autobots are keeping a low profile, but when danger threatens, they must return to action… with fresh makeovers.  Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura states that the new looks are Bay’s way of staying “conscientious about the need to keep topping ‘the last one’.”

Bay himself explained, “A lot of people are like, ‘What does that mean, Transformers 4?‘ It’s like Batman with a new suit. We needed to change the look from top to bottom.”

A series of photos has been released, revealing the freshened up Optimus and Bumblebee, as well as a glimpse at Wahlberg’s character Cade Yeager (sounds like a soap opera  character… or a porn star) with Prime in his “disguise” mode and a closeup of Grimlock, the tyrannosaurus Dino-Bot.

So, that’s all cool, right?   Well… *sigh* sadly, the same cannot be said about the latest poster that’s been released to promote the film.  Are you ready?

I’m sure this sounded much cooler in someone’s head.  It might look badass airbrushed on the side of a disco van.  Or on the back of a jean jacket.  But as a poster for a million dollar movie?  It’s just a tad… cheesy.  Do you agree or disagree?

Okay to be fair, Optimus riding Grimlock looks much cooler in action.  Below is a video touting the theme song by Imagine Dragons and features several impressive shots from the movie including the “riding” sequence.  Check it out below:

Whatever the storyline, at least the visual effects will be on point.  What do you think?

At any rate, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on June 27th, 2014.  Will you be tuning in to the latest ‘Transfo4rmers’ epic?