Starting from February, Transformers fans will have access to two of the franchise’s most daring films on Netflix. The second and third films in the series, Revenge of the Damned and dark of the moon, will join the Netflix catalog on February 1, 2022. Here’s a reminder if you want to start a binge watch.
Blockbuster adaptations of children’s media make up the biggest box office market these days, but it seems safe to say that there wouldn’t be an MCU as we know it without Transformers first. The live-action franchise began in 2007 under director Michael Bay, who directed Revenge of the Damned (2009) and dark of the moon (2011) as well as the two that followed. The franchise has been rightly criticized for many things, but for those interested in pop culture analysis – or giant robot battles – they’re worth revisiting.
Die-hard fans didn’t like Bay’s point of view Transformers from the start for its many deviations from the source material – a cartoon created to promote a line of toys sold by Hasbro. Where the cartoon, its spinoffs, and subsequent comics were often whimsical, Bay’s films focused heavily on the earthly military significance of the Autobots and Decepticons.
Still, with the sci-fi adaptation market not being as saturated in the early 2000s, fans gave these films plenty of chances and some came to profit by delving deeper into the lore. The first movie introduced the main characters and established a world where humans knew Transformers, and Revenge of the Damned resumes in this world with the Autobots given their options.
The film takes quite a few creative liberties with an exposition that isn’t canonical in other Transformers media. That alone is worth it, whether out of morbid curiosity or genuine interest. It also includes the first live-action rendition of some fan-favorite characters like the Constructicons and Devastator.
dark of the moon takes these changes even further, and it adds the complication of even contradicting the movies’ continuity in some ways. As a bonus, it’s the first film without Megan Fox, who was fired after publicly criticizing Bay and being bluntly replaced with little explanation. That might be enough to grab the attention of a celebrity gossip fan who isn’t necessarily interested in the franchise, so if you’re trying to pitch this binge to a housemate or significant other, this might be the way to go.
Whichever way you look, you’ll have to wait about two more weeks. Transformers (2007) is streaming now on HBO Max and is available on most major digital stores for rental or purchase. You can stream Revenge of the Damned and dark of the moon with a Netflix subscription starting Tuesday, February 1, and you can finish with The age of extinction and the last knight on Paramount+.