Michael Bay Fires Back Against Rumors Of Transformers: The Last Knight's Runtime

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We all know that Michael Bay's Transformers movies run a little long, but if recent reports are true the runtime for Transformers: The Last Knight is supposed to be 3 hours and 2 minutes long, and over 3 hours is generally reserved for epic movies like The Godfather: Part II (202 minutes) or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (201 minutes). However, the idea that the already-long Transformers movies might have the latest clock in at 182 minutes was a little bit intimidating. Luckily, director Michael Bay has been all too happy to fire back about the rumors, however. He said:

Reports of Transformers: The Last Knight being over 3 hrs is wrong. It's shorter than the last 3 movies by a lot.

So if you were hoping your butt wouldn't get to the point where it is numb from sitting for so long while watching the movie, we have good news for you. Michael Bay confirmed through Twitter that not only will the movie not be more than 3 hours in length, it will actually be quite a bit shorter than the four previous movies in the franchise. To recap, Transformer was 2 hours and 24 minutes, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is 2 hours and 34 minutes long and Transformers: Age of Extinction was the longest flick so far, clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes. No one would accuse these movies of being short, but they haven't been three hours long, either.

Since all of the previous movies kind of fall within roughly 20 minutes of one another, I'm not sure if Michael Bay just miscounted when he spoke of the movie being shorter than the last three--rather than four--movies, in which case The Last Knight could be shorter than 2 hours and 24 minutes. It's either that, or he meant it will be shorter than the last three movies, but maybe not the first, which would mean the movie falls somewhere between 2 hours and 24 minutes and 2 hours and 30 minutes. Either way, it sounds like we are likely to get a pretty similar deal in terms of length to the former movies in the franchise.

Now if Michael Bay comes out and tells me he managed to explain what the heck is going on with Optimus Prime in like and hour and a half, I'm going to start sitting up and paying attention because that would be some crazy-fast shit. The reason these movies are so long is because usually there's a lot of destruction and action sequences in them and if you want all that and any semblance of a real plot, plus new character introductions, you usually end up with a longer movie.

So, kids, word's still out on how long Transformers: The Last Knight will actually be. However, if you want to know actual hot facts about the upcoming movie, be sure to take a look at our full what we know guide. If you don't care about all that, we also have cute pics of Michael Bay and his dog, because they are the best.

Jessica Rawden
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