Michael Bay is doing a stunning job of keeping Transformers fans up to date with the latest goings on during production of the fifth installment to the franchise, The Last Knight. While the bombastic director regularly takes to his own website and social media pages to show off images and videos related to the impending blockbuster, he's given the honor of revealing that Decepticon Barricade is returning for The Last Knight to Josh Duhamel, who himself is reprising his role as William Lennox.
However, Michael Bay made sure not to give Josh Duhamel all the glory, because he soon took to his website to give moviegoers a more high-res look at the dastardly automobile.
Barricade is one of the most popular Decepticons in the Transformers universe, mostly because of his hugely abrasive attitude. Even though he is a Decepticon scout that uses his ability to transform into a Saleen S281E police car, Barricade is considered aggressive even by his fellow evil robots. This has led to some rather fractious relationships with other Decepticons, however he's at least consistent with his hatred towards Autobots who he thinks should all be killed and then crushed into tiny metal cubes.
Barricade has already appeared in two of the Transformers films so far. He was actually one of the first Transformers to come into contact with Shia LaBeouf's Sam Witwicky, as he confronted him about his knowledge of the long-lost AllSpark, before Bumblebee then sped in to save the pathetic bag of flesh and bones.
In Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Barricade then helped the Decepticons to take over Chicago. However he was ultimately killed after he was shot in the face repeatedly by human troops that were trying to win back the city. Because of his, you know, death, Barricade was absent from Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which now raises further questions about how he'll return for The Last Knight.
While Transformers films are often sneered and looked down upon by movie connoisseurs -- even though the first film is a genuinely enthralling and impressive roller coaster ride of blockbuster cinema -- there is a healthy amount of intrigue and excitement regarding The Last Knight. Mostly because Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning scribe of A Beautiful Mind, recently led a screenwriting think-tank of around 11 other writers that have overseen the building of a new Transformers universe.
We'll get to see if they've made a difference when Transformers: The Last Knight returns next summer on June 23, 2017.