Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third installment of the Transformers film trilogy and was released on June 29, 2011.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Characters
- 3 Quotes
- 4 Pre-production
- 5 Errors
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Production
- 8 Transformers references
- 9 Real-world references
- 10 Notes
- 11 Box office
- 12 References
- 13 External links
|Do not break the fourth wall.|
The movie opens, telling the story of the war that the Transformers fought on their home planet of Cybertron, and how Neil Armstrong finds the legendary Autobot spaceship, the Ark, on the Moon, which has crash-landed there with a secret and very important load: Hundreds of Pillars, which are to be used to open a Space Bridge.
Having been dumped by Mikaela Banes Sam has met another girl, Carly Spencer, on his visit in the White House, where he was awarded a medal for helping to save the world twice. Sam falls in love with Carly, and they move in together. He tries hard to find a new job, so Carly helps him, giving him an opportunity to work under her own boss, Dylan Gould. However, he was having rotten luck trying to get a job, with one person sealing the refusal when he learned that Sam got a medal from President Obama (the job he tried to apply for was primarily Republican in ideals) On the first day of his job, Sam meets his co-worker, Jerry Wang, who tells him about the Decepticons plan. Wang returns to his office, where his computer screen transforms into Laserbeak, who throws him out the window, killing him.
Sam then meets up with former Sector 7 (now 8) agent, Seymour Simmons. They work together, along with Simmons' new assistant, to try and to figure out what the Decepticons' next move will be. They meet up with some ex-cosmonauts who provide them with more info about the moon and reveal that some people are working for the Decepticons, including Dylan who later takes Carly hostage.
Sam has a fight with Carly about responsibility and safety, but he says he needs to help save the world and she drives off.
Realizing that humanity has held a secret about their race for a long time, the Autobots travel to the Moon and find a few of the Pillars and the pilot of the spaceship, none other than Sentinel Prime, the former leader of the Autobots, and prior Prime to Optimus. They bring the Pillars and Sentinel back to Earth, resurrecting him with the Matrix of Leadership, which Optimus now carries in his chest. The Autobots then learn of the Decepticons' plans as they see old images of the surface of the Moon. Something on the images, believed by the humans to be markings made by vehicles, are in fact all the pillars. In over 50 years the Decepticons have planned to use the pillars to bring back their home world.
On the Highway heading back to the NEST base, Bumblebee, Dino, Sideswipe and Sentinel Prime come under attack by the Dreads. Crowbar is the first to engage. He transforms and pulls Agent Simmons from his car. He then proceeds to knock a highway sign over. the Dreads use it as a ramp and transform while flying through the air. As they catch up to the Autobots, they brake sharply, making the Dreads fly over them. They then proceed to attack in stealth force mode. Dino catches Hatchet with his hooks and slings him into the on coming line of traffic, decapitating him. Further up the road Crankcase and Crowbar knock over loads of cars to try and block the Autobots route, they manage to get through.
Crankcase tips up a truck carrying gas tanks. Bits fly everywhere causing Bumblebee to quickly jettison Sam and quickly transform to fly over it. He catches Sam and puts him back inside his interior as he transforms, leaving Sam in hysterics.
At the NEST base Ironhide is released. And, now off the highway, the Dreads pursue Dino, Sideswipe and Bumblebee. Sideswipe transforms and fires at the Decepticons, and tells Dino he'll handle it, with Bumblebee following him. Ironhide drives past the two retreating Autobots at fall speed. He slams strait into the two cons, they all transform as they fly into the air. Ironhide lands on his feet, but Crankcase slams into the ground, and Crowbar falls onto a bus stop.
Sideswipe catches up, they all draw their guns, coming into a Mexican stand off. The Autobots force the 'cons to drop their weapons, Sideswipe and Ironhide do the same. But secretly, Crowbar reveals two spears, or spiked long-delay grenades, and throws one at Ironhide lodging it in his chest. He throws one at Sideswipe, but he jumps and dodges it, cutting it in half. Using his arm blade as a "Golf club" he chucks his gun to Ironhide who blasts Crowbar in the head. Sideswipe then attacks Crankcase, he wounds him twice before the 'Con kicks him off. Ironhide the rips the spear out of his chest, plunges it into Crankcase's head, tosses him onto a car and kicks it into a car shop, which then explodes into a ball of flames.
The Autobots then head back to NEST base. Sentinel Prime reveals he is a traitor, as he made a deal with Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, being forced to bring the Pillars. Sentinel then blasts Ironhide twice with his Cosmic Rust Gun, to stun him, then again with the rusting agent, killing the Autobot warrior. Sentinel then attacks Bumblebee before heading into the base, he goes on a killing spree. He blows up the interior of the N.E.S.T. base and starts killing humans, he breaks open the NEST vault and retrieves the Space Bridge pillars.
He then flees, meeting Megatron at the Lincoln memorial. Megatron blasts Lincoln off his chair so he could sit on it. Sentinel activates the Space bridge over the Reflecting Pond in front of it. The activated bridge transports an army of Decepticons and Cybertronian spaceships hidden in the Moon to Earth. They flood into the city assuming new forms. One takes the form of a police car, another scans a Garbage truck.
The Autobots arrive with Colonel Lennox and NEST. Optimus goes after Sentinel and tells the others to retreat, Sentinel tries blasting him with his rust gun. Optimus tackles Sentinel and tries to reason with him, Sentinel shoves him aside and beats him up, but lets him live. Sam and Carly try to evacuate using Carly's car, but it actually turns out to be Soundwave in his vehicle mode. Soundwave throws out Sam and traps Carly inside in vehicle mode. Dylan and the other Decepticons' human collaborators come explaining that they had decided to join the "winning side" of the war in order to keep their freedom while letting the entire human race to be enslaved or massacred in genocides. Dylan puts a Decepticon wristwatch on Sam. Sentinel sends a broadcast message across Chicago and orders the Autobots to be exiled.
The Autobots are blamed for all of this and are exiled away from Earth with a specially designed space shuttle. Sam and Seymour come to the harbor of the shuttle the Xanthium. Optimus states that the conflict is his fault because he told the humans to trust Sentinel Prime, not knowing he was a traitor. He tells Sam that the Autobots have no plan, claiming "You may lose their faith in us, but never in yourselves. From here, the fight will be your own". When the Xanthium starts to lift off, Starscream shoots it down from space before it has time to escape Earth's atmosphere and Sam and all others are left to mourn that no one can help them in the war. During one scene, Dylan forces Carly to get into an airplane heading for Dylan's apartment keeping her as a prisoner and as his future wife.
The Decepticons attack the city of Chicago. They seal off the entire city and prevent any aircraft or UAVs from getting anywhere near the city. N.E.S.T. tries to infiltrate the city but their drones are continuously shot down. Sam, Epps and his N.E.S.T. buddies try to enter the city on foot but they are attacked by a Decepticon piloting a small ship. Just as the fighter is about to deliver the final shot the Autobots appear and intervene by shooting it down, rescuing them from the Decepticon. Optimus explains that they in fact never were aboard the shuttle, but rather in the first booster that detached from the shuttle. Sam asks Bumblebee if he can fly the ship, and he isn't too sure of himself, but after some time, he gets the hang of it.
They fly off to Dylan's apartment. Sam with a gun provided by Epps and his team confronts Dylan, but is attacked by Dylan's Decepticon bodyguard Laserbeak, who is then killed by Sam and Bumblebee. Carly is rescued by Sam and the two flee. Meanwhile the Autobots are fighting back the Decepticons and Sentinel Prime, who have placed the pillars all over the world, releasing them, starting the process of Cybertron’s teleportation to Earth. Cybertron then appears in the atmosphere.
Wheelie and Brains sabotage the largest of the dropships, sending it crashing down into the Chicago River. On top of a building, Sentinel throws off Megatron, telling him that he wanted his home world back, but Megatron won't rule it. During the battle, Starscream, Soundwave, Que, Barricade and Shockwave are killed. Sam manages to get the control pillar near the streets, but he is attacked by Dylan who tries to stop him. Sam throws Dylan into the pillar, killing him in a burst of a electricity. Ratchet shoots the Pillar before Bumblebee tackles the pillar, smashing it to pieces in the process, sending Cybertron back through the Space Bridge, collapsing and crumbling into millions of pieces.
Carly finds Megatron sitting up against a wall, and she starts telling him how he'll be under Sentinel's control if he doesn't rise up to where he believes he should be, ready to take over control of Cybertron. Optimus appears, attacking Sentinel, but loses his right arm in the fight. Soon, Megatron saves Optimus by shooting Sentinel in the back and beats him up and tears him apart. Megatron has Sentinel on the verge of death when Cybertron is destroyed. Megatron offers Optimus a truce saying he just wants to be in charge again and asks "Who would you be without me, Prime?" To which Optimus replies, "Time to find out" and an axe to the face. Optimus rips off Megatron's head and slams it to the ground, revealing the large axe in the middle of it. He then turns to Sentinel and disregards all of his pleas for mercy with the claim that Sentinel hadn't betrayed him or the Autobots, but rather himself. Optimus picks up Megatron's gun and shoots Sentinel in the back and head, killing him.
The movie ends with the Autobots accepting that they might never return to Cybertron, and accepting Earth as their new home.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Carly: "My hero needs to wake up."
Sam: "What is that?"
Carly: This is your new lucky bunny."
Sam: "It's a beautiful thought Carly, but I don't think this is the whole uhhh, bunny this lucky. You see this section here, this is just a rabbit foot, this is just lucky."
-Sam saying that rabbit feet are luckier than the rest.
Brains: "Well you tell her, we are not your pets, we are not your toys! We are an advanced, genius race, just looking for a home."
-Brains on how Sam and Carly treat him and Wheelie.
Judy Witwitcky: "I think its darling. It kinda reminds me of Bumblebee, if Bumblebee were a sad piece of shit."
-Judy on Sam's new car.
-Shockwave mutters one of his only comprehensible lines.
Mearing: "Okay, what's wrong with him?"
Dino: "He's in a bad mood. He's a not talking to anybody today."
Mearing: "What is this, a silent treatment?"
Ironhide: "We've seen that. And this is not that."
Que: "Definitely not."
Ironhide: "This is worse. Prime, make something of your self! He's pissed. "
-N.E.S.T tries to figure out why Optimus Prime is in a foul mood.
Megatron: "You did me great honor tracking that ship to the moon. Your human collaborators have served their purpose, Soundwave. It's time to eliminate loose ends."
Soundwave: "Laserbeak; kill them all!"
Laserbeak: "With pleasure."
-The Decepticons plot to kill their human allies
Wheelie: "Yeah, enjoy your next job with 7-11, dickhead!"
-Wheelie to a soldier accosting him and Brains.
Dutch: "Oh and I had this man, Witwicky, who keeps calling me 5 times today."
Simmons: "The kid! What's he want?"
Sam: "I called because the Decepticons are back and I wanna know why and I need your help."
Simmons: "They're back? Wow, that's good business."
Sam: "What if I told you a 50-year old secret that nobody ever told you."
Simmons: "Do not tempt my addiction. I've gone for withdrawal kid. Dutch, is this line secure?
Simmons: "Protect your risk. Risk? Why should I? Do not relapse, I won't! Do not let the demons win."
Simmons: "What kind of, secret?"
Sam: "Apollo, moon, aliens, cover-up, future tech, assassinations, that kind of stuff."
Simmons: "Ohhhh, Apollo..."
-Sam and Simmon's chit-chat.
Ironhide: "Is there a problem?"
Sideswipe: "Whoa, little Mexican stand-off we got here."
Ironhide: "Weapons down..."
Sideswipe: "...And we'll let you escape with your dignity."
-The Mexican stand-off with the Dreads.
Starscream: "Ah, my master, such a brilliant scheme!"
-Starscream being sycophantic
Megatron "Here we are. Fight us now."
-Megatron, sitting atop the Lincoln Memorial as his invasion begins.
Optimus Prime "You may lose your faith in us, but never in your selves. From here, the fight will be your own."
-Optimus to Sam as he prepares to leave Earth in The Xantium.
Sentinel Prime "I have deigned to work with you, so that our planet may survive! I will never work FOR you!"
-Sentinel Prime lays down the law to Megatron.
Optimus Prime: "Shockwave can't hunt all of us at once. Wreckers, we need a diversion."
Roadbuster: "Let's get some!"
Leadfoot: "You got that right!"
-The Wreckers get ready to do some wrecking.
Epps: "Why do the Decepticons always get the good shit?!"
-Epps complains about the greater arsenal of the Decepticons.
Gould: "Prisoners? You're taking prisoners?"
Gould: "You need to teach them about respect. This was all business, but now it's personal, do you understand me?"
Soundwave: (laughs) I understand. No prisoners, only trophies!"
-Dylan convincing Soundwave to take trophies.
Optimus Prime: "Get down here Sentinel!"
Sentinel Prime: "Optimus, you forget your place... I bring you Cybertron, your home! And still you choose humanity."
Optimus Prime: "You were the one that taught me freedom was everyone's right."
Sentinel Prime: "I will re-trigger that pillar!"
Optimus Prime: "Then, you'll have to go through me."
-Optimus and Sentinel begin to battle.
Megatron: "Now, we need a truce. All I want is to be back in charge. Besides, who would you be without me, Prime?"
Optimus Prime: "Time to find out."
-Megatron offers a truce to Optimus. It didn't go so well.
Sentinel Prime: "Optimus, all I ever wanted was the survival of our race. You must see why I had to betray you."
Optimus Prime: "You didn't betray me. You betrayed yourself!"
Sentinel Prime: "NO, Optimus!!!"
-Sentinel tries to justify his actions to a pissed off Optimus.
'Jerry Wang:"You messed with the wrong Wang today!"
-Jerry Wang as he held Lazerbeak at gunpoint.
Dylan "You think you're the hero? YOU THINK YOU'RE THE HERO?!"
Sam "No, I'm just the messenger"
-Sam's best line from the movies
- Wouldn't it be much more efficient to have Transformers rebuilding Cybertron instead of humans?
- Possibly because the Cybertronian Civil War turned the planet into a barren wasteland, it possible the population was decreased or scattered across the universe. It was lack of manpower that they needed billions of humans to rebuild Cybertron.
- It's also possible that the plot of building an army from the first movie was tied into the Sentinel-Megatron alliance, to have the army be the labor force to rebuild with earths resources.
- The personal jet inside the space center has the identity number: 4500X, the same number as Blackout's helicopter form. It also has an Autobot logo on.
- Silverbolt was supposed to be a confirmed character, this could be him.
- Sentinel Prime claims to use humans to rebuild the planet. However, after arriving Chicago, they start a massacre on the civilian populous. While there are possible answers of various likelihood, the inconsistency is unexplained.
- The Decepticons needed to assert their authority over Earth, as well as establish a secure base of operations, devoid of any possible internal threats, besides, they have the rest of the planet full of humans, killing of Chicago's citizens wouldn't really have much affect.
- Megatron and Soundwave ordered Laserbeak to kill off all Decepticon human collaborators with Dylan an exception (though not explained). However, dozens of Decepticon human collaborators (maybe not all of them) were still working for Dylan and following the orders to put out the Space Bridge pillars. Bumblebee had to shoot them down as revenge for kidnapping Carly so Dylan can marry her. Even so, Soundwave said, "Laserbeak, kill them all"."
- Sentinel Prime said, "How doomed you are Autobots. You simply fail to realize, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." However, he's talking about only hundreds of Decepticons to be served by 6 billion humans.
- It is possible that he was referring to the fact that there are few Autobots while there are many Decepticons.
- Or it is also likely that, at this point, he considered humans to be only slaves, and thus property. Not worthy of status as equals.
- This quote, is in direct opposition to the same quote by Leonard Nimoy's famous character Spock from Star Trek, who was the original speaker of the quote — before his death literally. However, Spock's death in that movie was to save others, not at their expense.
- In the beginning, it shows John F. Kennedy planning the Man on the Moon, which was in 1969. Richard M. Nixon was the president of USA when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. He couldn't have been there. (OR HE'S A 6 YEAR ZOMBIE!)
- This film is obviously fiction.
- Decepticons have an interesting idea of strategy, as they seem to devote a large portion of their troops for decades to a strategy which hinges upon a mythical item that only the Fallen from the previous movie seems to know about — the Matrix, an item they are not even looking for until 2009, between 50 and thousands of years after they implement the strategy. Meanwhile their core elite and commanders are being wiped out over the course of these years. It is a good thing real world military don't try this rather chronologically backwards strategy.
- It's possible that the Decepticons did know about this, but used the Fallen as a plan B. This would make sense. If they were going to use the AllSpark to build an army for labor force in the first film, and had the cube destroyed, they had to go with a plan B. If the Fallen's plan failed, they would take it to their advantage and use the Matrix to revive Sentinel and fulfill the original plan with a few edits made during the second and third film.
- Laserbeak did not use guns to shoot down Sam Witwicky the same way he did with Alexi Voshkod, even with perfect opportunity.
- The possibility of bringing him in for interrogation falls into place. But not the second time when Sam came in to threaten Dylan to release Carly.
- Laserbeak probably wanted to prolong Sam's knowledge that he would die, plus dishearten Carly who had just arrived. Besides, firing a gun attached to your physical anatomy in a confined space would most likely cause the shot to go astray, possibly hitting Dylan.
- Why didn't NEST go underwater just like Navy SEALs? If the NEST soldiers aren't good at diving, at least they can get an underwater vehicle to ship them into the city. Availability may be an issue but still remains unclear in media.
- Lack of the existence of such a vehicle is probably the reason they didn't use that route. The SEALs were probably airdropped with a Zodiac far out on Lake Michigan and moved closer until they could swim in. Another consideration is that SEAL teams are small, eight men is standard, compared to Lennox's Osprey-borne force, which considering the number of planes used probably originally numbered somewhere closer to 150 or 200, assuming all of them were loaded with troops instead of some of them being decoys.
- Sam's fight with Starscream leaves several questions:
- Why did Sam not just take off his equipment when he is swung by Starscream?
- Sam's equipment seems to attach itself to his arm, due to the fact that it is a climbing equipment.
- With the violence of Starscream's motion, how did Sam avoid broken limbs?
Well, that's just the magic of the movies.
- Why did Sam not just take off his equipment when he is swung by Starscream?
- Why doesn't Optimus Prime just use his blade to cut off the cables when he is tangled?
- Possibly because he was tangled in the cables and unable to reach the blade to cut the cables.
- Carly's clothes are too clean after the final battle.
- When the Autobots arrive on the battlefield, in the first shot where Ratchet is in humanoid mode saying "Mortar that bridge", his vehicle mode can be seen in the back in the following shot with Sam and Carly.
- In the first movie, Megatron travels to Earth in search of the AllSpark. However, in this film, it is mentioned that Earth is the rendezvous point for him and Sentinel Prime. This is confounded by the fact that no Transformers in the first film seem to have knowledge of Earth up to this point.
- It is possible that Megatron had intended to meet Sentinel after retrieving the AllSpark and then have Cybertron bridged to Earth in order to restore it.
- The comic adaption says that Sentinel was supposed to find the last Solar Harvester to fuel their empire's expansion before the rendezvous with Megatron.
- Even if they retrieve the AllSpark, they can simply restore it on Cybertron and revive the planet instead of enslaving humans to rebuild the planet.
- Probably since the planet "happened" to have intelligent life there, it is possible that the Decepticons took the opportunity to enslave them.
- Seymour Simmons was thrown by a Dread and got a broken leg in the highway chase. When he comes with Sam to watch the Autobots' exiled, he is on a wheelchair with his leg bandaged. However, after Sentinel Prime killed Ironhide, Seymour is seen with Lennox ordering him to evacuate all the remaining soldiers not killed off by Sentinel back to the NEST base. This cannot be possible because Seymour should not have been at the site where Ironhide died and Dutch should have taken him to the hospital. Seymour would then be wheelchair bound for the rest of the film, so this makes the question why was he injured, then uninjured, then wheelchair-bound?
- In 1963, the Decepticons on Moon started to move energon pillars out of the Ark. However, Megatron, who arrived at Earth ten thousand year ago, woke up in 2000s. So who gave the order to take energon pillars out of the Ark? Especially confusing as in Dark of the Moon, this seems to be a long standing plan to which other Decepticon Leadership such as Starscream have been kept in the dark as to the disposition of a large portion of their own troops.
- Megatron and Sentinel Prime's deal should be secret between them. A possible reason is that Megatron has told all or part of the deal to his lieutenant, who later ordered Decepticons go to the Moon.
- Or simply the Decepticons found the Ark and decided to steal the pillars.
- Soundwave seemed to be aware of the plan and Dylan Gould said he and Laserbeak were responsible for the human collaborators shutting down the space programs. He could've easily given the order.
- In the comic adaption, Megatron states that "While I lay prisoner in that wretched dam, Soundwave was watching over this planet.
- For a "secret" deal between Sentinel and Megatron, an aaaaaawful lot of troops sure seem to know about it. Decepticons must have some pretty impressive discipline if not a single troop, message, or other hint of this plan is leaked by anyone in 50 years, if not, 10,000+ depending on your theory.
- Sentinel Prime explained his true plan in having made a deal with Megatron just behind Ironhide, yet Ironhide doesn't react to this. Ironhide should have turned around and act surprised to what Sentinel just said, then angrily demand an answer for this. He was just standing there acting as if he didn't hear what Sentinel said. Therefore, he did not realize Sentinel was about to shoot him with his Cosmic Rust Gun.
- The Driller was able to capture Optimus Prime's trailer why didn't it destroy the trailer?
- The Driller serves only as Shockwave's hunting pet, protector and main way of transportation. The Driller might not be smart enough to recognize the trailer as any important material for the Autobots, and Shockwave was too busy trying to hunt down the Autobots.
- In the novelization, Shockwave leaves it as part of a trap, setting Decepticon guards to kill Optimus, but they fail.
- So, apparently Megatron is able to be incapacitated by the cold temperatures of the Arctic, which can get as cold as -50 degrees Celsius in the first movie — but Optimus, Ratchet, and a whole hoard of Decepticons can survive on the Moon unaided. The temperature of the Moon can get as cold as -153 degrees Celsius.
- In the first film, Bannacheck said that his navigational systems were screwed up when he hit the atmosphere, sending him off course and "unexpectedly" crashing into the ice. In Dark of the Moon, they are intending to go to a cold environment so they probably had some kind of heating system in them or they could stand it for a certain time period, but the Decepticons there were under the surface, as seen when Sentinel activated the space bridge to the moon, which could have kept them "warm" enough to still live consciously or they could have been in stasis until the activation.
- Also, it is possible that the presence of the ice imprisoning Megatron, not just the cold temperatures, is what incapacitated him.
- So, a bunch of the Decepticons just stay on the Moon instead of coming to Earth to support their leader in the last two battles when such force would be equally decisive? This is especially confusing since the Decepticons have traveled across whole star systems to arrive at Earth then wait right next door for a space bridge.
- Bumblebee saves Sam and Lennox, but is somehow captured with the others by Soundwave seconds later. However there was a minute gap before we saw him again, it's possible that he was captured off screen, possibly trying to free the others.
Not actually an error
- Why did the Decepticons try and destroy the Ark in the beginning of the movie if they intended on using it to rebuild Cybertron?
- Not every Decepticon knows that Sentinel Prime has secretly compromised with Megatron. In the novelization, it's stated that it was Starscream who shot down the Ark, which would work because during the Washington invasion, Starscream asks Megatron what exactly was the plan, meaning he wasn't fully aware of the alliance with Sentinel.
- Sentinel Prime can speak English right after being revived?
- In the novelization, it is explained that, through Optimus already knowing the language, this knowledge was transferred to Sentinel through the Matrix which is used to revived him.
- Agent Simmons is thrown by a Dread but only got a broken leg.
- While that does seem rather impossible, real people have survived worse circumstances.
- There is a television series called The Indestructibles for crashes and survivals from that kind of circumstance.
- While that does seem rather impossible, real people have survived worse circumstances.
- One of the characters had expressed disapproval of sending away "9 Autobots" on a spaceship to leave the Earth. Some may argue there are 11 Autobots, including two former Decepticons: Wheelie and Brains.
- Perhaps, because Wheelie and Brains have never done much to physically help their cause, they do not consider them as much use as the others.
- Skids and Mudflap do show up in the background of a few shots in the NEST base. When the convoy comes in, they are right on the tail end but the scene cuts as they come into a clearer view. When Ironhide is testing his new weapon, Mudflap can be seen in humanoid mode in the background. Their deaths are shown in the novel.
- When the Autobots attack Sentinel Prime in the Battle of Chicago, why didn't Sentinel use his Cosmic Rust Gun to kill them like he did with Ironhide?
- It is possible that Sentinel can only find it easy to use his rust gun on those who are too slow, which meant Major Lennox's men and Ironhide, which is why he resorted to shield and sword instead.
- It is possible Sentinel viewed Ironhide more of a threat to the Decepticons than the other Autobots; after all, he WAS the Weapons Specialist.
- Where were the other Autobots when Sentinel destroyed the N.E.S.T base?
- Lennox mentioned that the Autobots "have a habit" of sneaking out on their own and do not strictly obey the orders of the NEST authorities.
- Lennox did tell everyone not to engage Sentinel, most likely to limit casualties to both humans and Autobots. They may have left soon after Sentinel started destroying the base.
- Optimus Prime continues his strange beheading fetish by ripping off Megatron's head, pulling out Shockwave's eye, and shooting Sentinel's top of head. Apparently this is possibly because the Transformers can still live if their limbs were cut off, but will die when their heads are cut off and cannot be resurrected with any reviving device.
- Because the film at the last minute changed names, Mirage was referred to as Dino (pronounced Dee-no) while Wheeljack was referred to as Que in the film. This is likely because the writers at first decided to name them after Generation One characters before deciding to establish them as separate, new characters.
- The Autobots make a strange change in this movie. In the previous two, they had tried to avoid human casualties at all costs. However, in this movie, they — not just Ironhide — are rather careless when it comes to avoiding collateral damage. Bumblebee may have even killed a few humans in the scene when they attack an illegal nuclear arms site, and Dino intentionally slams Hatchet into a passing car.
- Dino did show little respect for human lives in the Dark of the Moon video game.
- As the movies have progressed, a trend appeared where the Autobots were depicted as progressively more human and the Decepticons as progressively more alien/monstrous. Dark of the Moon brings this trend full circle. The Autobots now look, sound, and act very human while the Decepticons have separated from any human-like qualities they might have had.
- A change has been made in this movie concerning the weapons of the Transformers. In the previous two films, all of their weapons formed from their hands/forearms, but in this one, many of the Transformers have actual weapons that they hold and carry on their back. Examples include Megatron's new blaster, Optimus Prime's sword and axe, Ironhide's heavy weapons, and Sentinel Prime's Cosmic Rust Gun.
- Sentinel Prime is the primary antagonist, Megatron is the secondary antagonist for the most part, but a crucial plot twist has him rescuing Optimus Prime's life and helps him fight Sentinel Prime, with Dylan as the tertiary antagonist.
- Optimus Prime was using new equipment similar Jetfire's parts from Revenge of the Fallen while battling with the Decepticons.
- Before NEST starts attacking Shockwave, a Decepticon protoform said, "Holy s***!" before getting shot by gunfire.
- Shockwave was supposedly intended to be the main antagonist in the early development as mentioned by Michael Bay in USA Today. However, Shockwave only received partial screen time like every Decepticon and was only a supporting character who played a minor role.
- This misinformation was obviously intentional so as to leave viewers utterly surprised to learn of the real main antagonist.
- Megatron had less screen time than in Revenge of the Fallen and the first movie. Nobody in the film seems to consider him the threat in the movie, very few people actually mention his name, mostly because he is physically rotting away.
- Alexi Voshkod, Jerry Wang and the other Decepticon human collaborators by Laserbeak
- Several soldiers on Ospreys and other soldiers off-screen by Starscream
- Megatron, Shockwave, Sentinel Prime, Driller, Barricade and several Decepticon protoforms/ones from the Moon by Optimus Prime (the most amount of kills)
- Ironhide by Sentinel Prime
- Hatchet by Bumblebee and Dino(and Sideswipe since he had his Stealth Force mode on)
- Crowbar and Crankcase by Ironhide with assistance from Sideswipe
- Starscream and Dylan Gould by Sam Witwicky (First time he kills a human)
- Que by Barricade
- Soundwave and at least one Decepticon protoform by Bumblebee
- Laserbeak by Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky
- Every other Decepticon by NEST and other Autobots.
- Nearly all of the Decepticons are killed off, including Starscream, Soundwave, Barricade and Megatron. Apparently, Igor may have survived according to the novelization.
- Megatron gets killed off again, this time by Optimus himself.
- Maybe this one will be permanent.
- If it isn't, this won't be the first time someone survives decapitation.
- Maybe this one will be permanent.
- Optimus kills Megatron by slamming his battle-axe into his head, ripping it off along with his spine. However in both the Junior Novel and movie adaptation, Megatron offers a truce and Prime accepts it while in the movie Optimus refuses it. Megatron then leaves with the remaining Decepticons to Cybertron, which isn't destroyed in the novels.
- While both Roadbuster and Leadfoot spoke in Scottish and Cockney accents, Topspin didn't speak at all.
- Laserbeak is shown to be a shape shifter; shown changing into a smaller pink version of Bumblebee, an office printer, a flat screen T.V. and a desktop computer monitor.
- The fate of Wheelie and Brains is untold in the film. It is mentioned they survived the crash in the novelization.
- Dylan states that he "inherited" the job of working with the Decepticons when his father died.
- The Wreckers are shown to be more brutal killers than Optimus, Ironhide, Bumblebee, and Sideswipe all combined as shown when they ripped apart a Decepticon fighter pilot in pieces alive and played with his body parts. Leadfoot is shown playing and chewing on his head.
- Mearing has some of Theodore Galloway's personalty traits, as both believe that the Autobots are too dangerous. However, Mearing eventually becomes more supportive of the Autobots, unlike Galloway, who kept his point of view the same through out the whole film.
- In the scene where the missiles are fired, there is apparently a reuse of movie from Revenge of the Fallen as the guy who says "Target Acquired" is the same guy in the same way that said it when the destroyer, USS Kit in Revenge of the Fallen, blew up Devastator.
- Barricade makes his return since his unexplained absence from the last battle in the first movie, which makes him the only Decepticon to appear in both the 1st and 3rd movies besides Megatron and Starscream.
- Despite being a confirmed character, Silverbolt never made an appearance.
- Maybe he is the jet inside the space center (read the errors section in this article).
- Transformers continues featuring a song by Linkin Park at the start of the end credits with "Iridescent".
- Unlike the previous films, Dark of the Moon showed more than one on-screen Autobot death in which the Autobot stayed dead (Optimus and Jetfire die in Revenge of the Fallen, though Optimus is resurrected).
- Ironhide and Que/Wheeljack being the seconds.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon was one of the most difficult movies produced by Hollywood and Industrial Light & Magic, even probably the single most difficult movie made using computer technology. Very similar to the animated broadcast cartoons including the Generation One cartoon and Transformers Animated, there were many errors in animating the robots. Similar to the first two films, live-action vehicles or objects had to be computer-animated for the Transformers which was challenging similar to the traditional animated cartoons. One example is that 10,000 parts were computer animated to design Optimus Prime and the most complex Transformer design was Driller's which was made of 70,000 parts. The production crew apparently had headaches in producing most of the film's length, especially during the Driller attacking the skyscraper scene which involved complex mastery of architecture. Not only was the Computer-Generated Imagery a challenge, but IMAX 3D and real 3D versions had to be made due to the promotion of films using the latest 3D glasses technology. Many accidents using vehicles were damaged as well, such as the Bumblebee Camaro crashing into a non-stop police car that broke off his tip. Ratchet sure had a busy day. 
As a preemptive measure before the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Lucchi and Paramount Pictures announced on March 16, 2009, that a third film would be released in IMAX 3D on July 1, 2011, which earned a surprised response from director Michael Bay:
"I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3—they asked me on the phone—I said yes to July 1—but for 2012—whoops! Not 2011! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots."
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who had worked on the two previous Transformers films, declined to return for the third film, with Kurtzman declaring that "the franchise is so wonderful that it deserves to be fresh, all the time. We just felt like we’d given it a lot and didn’t have an insight for where to go with it next". Revenge of the Fallen's co-writer Ehren Kruger became the sole screenwriter for Dark of the Moon. Kruger had frequent meetings with Industrial Light & Magic's (ILM) visual effects producers, who suggested plot points such as the scenes in Chernobyl.
On October 1, 2009, Bay revealed that Transformers: Dark of the Moon had already gone into pre-production, and its planned release was back to its originally intended date of July 1, 2011, rather than 2012. Due to the revived interest in 3-D technology brought in by the success of Avatar, talks between Paramount, ILM, and Bay had considered the possibility of the next Transformers film being filmed in 3-D, and testing was performed to bring the technology into Bay's work. Bay originally was not much interested in the format as he felt it did not fit his "aggressive style" of filmmaking, but he was convinced after talks with Avatar director James Cameron, who even offered the technical crew from that film. Cameron reportedly told Bay about 3-D, "You gotta look at it as a toy, it's another fun tool to help get emotion and character and create an experience." Bay was reluctant to film with 3-D cameras since in test he found them to be too cumbersome for his filming style, but he did not want to implement the technology in post production either since he was not pleased with the results. In addition to using the 3-D Fusion camera rigs developed by Cameron's team, Bay and the team spent nine months developing a more portable 3-D camera that could be brought into location.
In a hidden extra for the Blu-ray version of Revenge of the Fallen, Bay expressed his intention to make Transformers 3 not necessarily larger than Revenge of the Fallen, but instead deeper into the mythology, to give it more character development, and to make it darker and more emotional. Unicron is briefly shown in a secret Transformers 3 preview feature in the Revenge of the Fallen Blu-ray disc. Ultimately, the producers decided to forgo a plot involving the planet-eating transformer, and no further comments were ever made on the subject. Having been called Transformers 3 up to that point, the film's final title was revealed to be Dark of the Moon in October 2010. After Revenge of the Fallen was almost universally panned by critics, Bay acknowledged the general flaws of the script, having blamed the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike prior to the film for many problems. Bay promised to not have the "dorky comedy" from the last film. On March 19, 2010, the script was said to be finished.
Megan Fox was originally attached to the film, and Patrick Dempsey's role as Dylan Gould was to be the employer of Fox's character, Mikaela Banes. According to various published sources, Fox's absence from the film was due to Bay ultimately choosing not to renew her role in light of her comparing him and his work ethics to Adolf Hitler, although representatives for the actress said that it was her decision to leave the film franchise. Bay later revealed that Fox's comments particularly angered executive producer Steven Spielberg, which affected Bay's decision to remove her. "I wasn't hurt," Bay stated, "because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I'm sorry, Megan. I'm sorry I made you work twelve hours. I'm sorry that I'm making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy." With Fox not reprising her role, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was chosen to play Sam's new love interest. Ramón Rodríguez was initially planned to be in the film, in a role bigger than the one he had in Revenge of the Fallen, but he was dropped during early production. Shia LaBeouf stated that this would be his last film in the series, also concluding that director Michael Bay will not return for a fourth installment. Though it was later confirmed that Bay would return as director in the fourth film. A few well-known actors such as John Malkovich and Frances McDormand also gained selected roles for the film. Malkovich explains: "I play a guy called Bruce Brazos, who's just a loudmouth, kind of business man who's Shia's character's boss. Who's just a jerk, and a kind of a loud one. But a fun character. Nice. It was fun. Very, very enjoyable, just with Shia, Rosie a little bit, and with John Turturro. So, for me, it was a blast." Another well-known actor, Ken Jeong, was cast as an eccentric co-worker and stalker of the film's protagonist. Jeong described the film, "Yeah, it's a small role in Transformers but yeah. I had an out of body experience working on that one because I just couldn't believe I was there. Still, that was not a thing where oh, I'm going to be a part of a blockbuster franchise like Transformers 3 or even now Hangover 2 for that matter. So I can't believe I'm a part of these franchises in any way. It was amazing. Michael Bay is brilliant and it'll blow your mind."
Themes and inspirations
Unlike the two previous Transformers installments, which were based solely on the script writers' endemic story, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was based on a novel called Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday, written by Alan Dean Foster. The novel is a prequel to the 2007 film Transformers. It follows the same story structure as Dark of the Moon, being set in 1969, the year of Apollo 11. The story structure differs slightly, though, because the novel was written merely as prequel to the first film.
Due to the critically panned Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay decided to remove the characters called the Twins entirely from Dark of the Moon: "This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings. One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy. [The twins are] basically gone." Due to fan rumors that the Twins would actually be in the film, the director made a public $25,000 "bet" that the Twins would not be seen in Dark of the Moon.
Bay acknowledged that Revenge of the Fallen was "disappointing to the fans" and stated that he "doesn't want the third one to suck". Bay stated that he wanted Dark of the Moon's final battle to be more geographic and feature a "small group of heroes" like Ridley Scott's war-drama Black Hawk Down. Bay also decided to include Shockwave because he considers the character "bad" and "He's got a much bigger gun [than Megatron and is] a little bit more vicious." In accordance to The A.V. Club, the film had several minor story inspirations from the 80's cartoon The Transformers, including the usage of a Space Bridge, and the "kicking the Autobots out".
Similar to the previous two installments, the film was told in the human point-of-view to engage the audience. Bay wanted Sam to have a girlfriend like in the first two films. Actor Shia LaBeouf said that Sam and Mikaela had become "one character" and, although he would "miss" Megan Fox, with this change "you have discovery again from a new perspective." LaBeouf also stated that the additions of Huntington-Whiteley and new characters allows Dark of the Moon to keep the "magic" of the first film.
Dark of the Moon also had numerous Star Trek references, partly because scriptwriter Ehren Kruger was a "big Star Trek geek", but also as a nod to the fact that new character Sentinel Prime was voiced by Leonard Nimoy, who originated the iconic role of Spock on Star Trek and voiced Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie. The first Star Trek reference is when refugee robots Brains and Wheelie, who live in Sam and Carly's apartment complex, are watching TOS episode "Amok Time"; Wheelie comments "I've seen this one. It's the one where Spock goes nuts." The second reference is when Sam meets his girlfriend, Carly Spencer at work, and is being introduced to Carly's employer, Dylan Gould, Sam marvels at their workplace: "It's a beautiful building you guys have. Like the Starship Enterprise in here." The third reference is when Bumblebee says goodbye to Sam at Cape Canaveral: the words "my friend" are sampled from Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ("You are...my friend. I am and always shall be yours."). The fourth and final reference is when Sentinel Prime activates the Control Pillar, quoting Spock's maxim in Star Trek II and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".
Transformers: Dark of the Moon's production cost was reported $195 million, with the cost of the 3-D filming accounting at $30 million of the budget. Preparation for filming began on April 7, 2010 in Northwest Indiana, specifically around Gary, which portrayed Ukraine in the film. Principal photography commenced on May 18, 2010, with shooting locations including Chicago, Florida, and Moscow. The first six weeks were spent in Los Angeles: locations included Sherman Oaks, Fourth Avenue and 5. Main. The next four weeks were spent in Chicago. Locations filmed in Chicago included LaSalle Street, Michigan Avenue, Bacino's of Lincoln Park at 2204 North Lincoln Avenue and around the Willis Tower. The scenes set in Michigan Ave featured a substantial amount of pyrotechnics and stunt work. Filming in Detroit was planned to take place in August but the Chicago shoot was extended until September 1. In late September the production moved to Florida, just before the launch of Space Shuttle mission STS-133.
While filming in Washington, D.C., the crew shot on the National Mall, and Bay stated that there would be a car race on the location. Two further locations announced were the Milwaukee Art Museum and the former Tower Automotive complex on Milwaukee's north side, then under redevelopment for mixed use as well as the city's equipment yard. Filming was scheduled to take place there after work was done in Chicago. On September 23, scenes were filmed at the former city hall in Detroit. On October 16, a scene in the later 1960s was shot at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, utilizing extras with period fashion and hairstyles. One day of shooting was also spent at the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. Other planned filming locations included Africa and China. Though about 70 percent of the films live action footage was shot in 3-D using Arri Alexa and Sony F35 cameras, more than half of the film still had to be converted into 3-D in post production to fix technical flaws 3-D filming produces. Other footage that needed to be converted into 3-D in post production was either entirely computer generated or shot in the anamorphic format on 35mm film. 35mm film was used for scenes filmed in slow motion and scenes such as closeups of faces or shots of the sky which required higher image quality than the HD digital 3-D cameras could provide. 35mm cameras were also used for scenes where the 3-D cameras proved to be too heavy, or were subject to strobing or electrical damage from dust. Principal photography officially concluded on November 9, 2010.
Dark of the Moon has been found to contain recycled footage from an earlier film directed by Michael Bay, The Island. Bay similarly recycled footage from his film Pearl Harbor in the 2007 film Transformers.
Filming was temporarily delayed on September 2, 2010, when an extra was seriously injured during a stunt in Hammond, Indiana. Due to a failed weld, a steel cable snapped from a car being towed and hit the extra's car, damaging her skull. The extra, identified as Gabriela Cedillo, had to undergo brain surgery. The injury has left her permanently brain-damaged, paralyzed on her left side and her left eye stitched shut. Paramount admitted responsibility for the accident and covered all of Cedillo's medical costs. Nevertheless, Cedillo's family filed a lawsuit on October 5, citing seven counts of negligence against Paramount, D.W. Studios, and several other defendants (not including Bay), with total damages sought in excess of $350,000. Cedillo's attorney, Todd Smith, said, "This was an attractive 24-year old girl who had dreams and aspirations involving acting, and this kind of injury may well have a serious impact on her dreams." The filed complaint reads that "Cedillo has endured and will in the future endure pain and suffering; has become disfigured and disabled; has suffered a loss of the enjoyment of a normal life; has been damaged in her capacity to earn a living; has incurred and will in the future incur expenses for medical services, all of which are permanent in nature." In response to the suit, Paramount released the following statement: "We are all terribly sorry that this accident occurred. Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Gabriela, her family and loved ones. The production will continue to provide all the help we can to Gabriela and her family during this difficult time." On May 2012, it was revealed that a $18 million settlement had been reached between Paramount and the Cedillo family.
A second accident occurred on October 11, 2010, in Washington, D.C.. While filming a chase scene at 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW, a Metropolitan Police K9 Unit SUV was accidentally rammed by the Camaro that portrays Bumblebee in the film. The area had been closed off by the Washington, D.C., police, and it is unclear why the SUV was there. Both drivers were uninjured, but the Camaro was severely damaged.
As with the previous Transformers installments, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) was the main visual effects company for Dark of the Moon. ILM had been working on the pre-visualization for six months before principal photography started, resulting in 20 minutes worth of footage. Digital Domain also rendered 350 shots, including the characters Laserbeak, Brains, Wheelie and the Decepticon protoforms concealed on the moon, the space bridge, and a skydiving sequence.
ILM's visual effects supervisor, Scott Farrar, said that "not only were the film's effects ambitious, they also had to be designed for 3-D", and explained the company's solutions for the new perspective: "We did make sure things are as bright as possible; Michael called up theatre owners to make sure they keep the lamps bright in the theatres... make everything a little sharper, because we know that through the steps, no matter what, when you get to the final screening things tend to go less sharp." On the last weekend of ILM's work on Dark of the Moon, the company's entire render farm was being used for the film, giving ILM more than 200,000 hours of rendering power a day—or equivalent to 22.8 years of rendering time in a 24-hour period. Farrar embraced the detail in creating giant robots for 3-D, making sure that in close-ups of the Transformers' faces "you see all the details in the nooks and crannies of these pieces. It's totally unlike a plain surface subject like a human head or an animated head." The supervisor said that Bay's style of cinematography helped integrate the robots into the scenes, as "Michael is keen on having foreground/midground/background depth in his shots, even in normal live-action shots. He'll say, ’Put some stuff hanging here!' It could be women's stockings or forks and knives dangling from a string out of focus – it doesn't matter, but it gives you depth, and focus depth, and makes it more interesting."
Considerable digital animation was required for the elaborate Driller as it comprised over 70,000 parts, significantly more than Optimus Prime's 10,000 parts. The most complicated effects involved the "Driller", a giant snake-like creature with an eel-like body and spinning rotator blades, knives and teeth. In Revenge of the Fallen, it took 72 hours per frame to fully render Devastator for the IMAX format, which is approximately a frame amount of 4,000. For the Driller, which required the entire render farm, it was up to 122 hours per frame. The most complex scene involved the Driller destroying a computer-generated skyscraper, which took 288 hours per frame. For said sequence, ILM relied on its internal proprietary physics simulation engine to depict the destruction of the building, which included breaking concrete floors and walls, windows, columns and pieces of office furnishings. ILM digital production supervisor Nigel Sumner explained: "We did a lot of tests early on to figure out how to break the building apart exploring a lot of the procedural options. A building that's 70 feet tall – to go in and hand-score the geometry so when it fractures or falls apart – would be a time consuming laborious process. The floor of a building may be made of concrete. How does concrete fracture when it tears apart? The pillars would be made of a similar material but made of rebar or other engineering components. We'd look at how a building would blow apart and then choose the best tool to help achieve the properties of that during a simulation."
The scenes in Chicago were mostly shot on location, as Bay believed the plates had to really be shot in the actual city. Farrar was always fascinated with the idea of shooting on location, and then blending the film with computer-generated imagery. The visual effects team used aerial plates of the city's actual buildings and added destruction elements such as smoke, fire, debris, fighter planes, war, battles, and torn up streets. Four ILM employees also travelled to Chicago and photographed buildings from top to bottom at six different times of the day in order to create a digital model of the city to be used in certain scenes. ILM's crew designed many major action scenes, with many of the Chicago battle concepts coming from the helicopter shooting of the aerial plates.
Animator Scott Benza said Sentinel Prime had a face "more human-like than any of the other robots", having a more complex frame and "a greater number of plates" so it could be more expressive. ILM had based most of Sentinel Prime's features on Sean Connery, and after Leonard Nimoy was cast to voice the role, the effects were altered to incorporate Nimoy's acting as well. Every robot would take approximately 30 weeks to build visually. Originally, the fight between Sentinel Prime, Optimus Prime, and Megatron was considered to be on water in the Chicago River, but the budget was cut and the ILM realized that they would not want to present that version of the final battle to Bay, so they decided to have the battle take place on the bridge over the river. For a sequence where Bumblebee catches Sam and Lennox while transforming in mid-air, a digital double of Shia LaBeouf was combined with footage of the actor in high speed so that the effects team could time it for slow-motion.
Since Bay shoots all his films in anamorphic format, Dark of the Moon's representation would be "squeezed in" to distort the image, and ILM would add in the robots and "un-distort" the image. The ample variety of filming formats used - single camera, 3-D stereo rigs with two cameras, anamorphic and spherical lenses - proved a challenge, specially as ILM had a deadline to deliver the 2-D plates to the companies responsible for the 3-D conversion. ILM made 600 3-D shots, and Digital Domain had under 200, while Legend3-D, the lead 3-D conversion company of the film, completed 78 minutes of work on the film and finalized the work of approximately 40 minutes of challenging non-visual effects and 38 minutes of visual effects shots.
Composer Steve Jablonsky, who had before collaborated with Bay on The Island and the first two Transformers films, returned to compose the Dark of the Moon score. The score soundtrack was released on June 24, 2011, five days before the actual release of the film.
The album was originally set for release in June 28, 2011, but Amazon.com listed the album as unavailable while the album was still being listed for release during the week of the film's global release. It was available for download on Amazon on June 30, 2011, and the score currently features 17 pre-recorded tracks that are featured in the final film. The score's length is approximately 59:47. The album for the film was released on June 14, 2011. It consists of singles produced by different artists and bands, and rock and alternative tracks. American rock band Linkin Park composed the lead single for the film, "Iridescent", as they did with the first two films: "What I've Done" was used in the 2007 film and "New Divide" for the 2009 film. The music video for "Iridescent" was directed by Joe Hahn. Two other singles were released specifically for the soundtrack, "Monster" by Paramore and "All That You Are" by the Goo Goo Dolls. Several other unreleased songs make their debut on the album, including "The Pessimist" by Stone Sour and "The Bottom" by Staind. My Chemical Romance's song "The Only Hope for Me Is You" also appeared and can also be found on their fourth studio album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and on the soundtrack. The song was not exclusively for the movie, and was featured in the credits.
- The whole second part of the plot is a references to the The Transformers first season finale "The Ultimate Doom".
- This time, Optimus Prime immediately rejected the plan to give all of Earth's natural resources to Cybertron and was not the one who activated it.
- This time, the Decepticons have a human helper, too. This was also done before in the first two seasons of The Transformers.
- However, unlike the two G1 Decepticon human allies in cartoon, Dylan wants the best for Cybertron and tries to give all of Earth's natural resources to Cybertron through the space bridge pillar. Dr. Arkeville did not care for his own kind, but he was angry that the Decepticons planned to damage Earth, his home planet. Shawn Berger was not an intentional ally because he was used by Megatron through deception to enslave humanity.
- The Ark is a reference to the ship with the same name in the Generation One.
- Dark of the Moon introduces more characters from the Generation One cartoon than in Revenge of the Fallen and the 1st film. They are Laserbeak, Carly Spencer, Sentinel Prime, and Shockwave.
- The brand of Sam's car is Datsun, which produced the Datsun Fairlady Z (280 ZX), the vehicle mode for Prowl, Bluestreak, and Smokescreen.
- This isn't the first time the Autobots were forced by the Decepticons to ride a ship to leave the Earth which the Decepticons secretly planned to destroy with the Autobots inside but the Autobots used an illusion to trick the Decepticons to return for battle.
- Leonard Nimoy, who voiced Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie, once more acts as an antagonist, but this time the true villain of the movie and not an antagonist against a more evil antagonist.
- This isn't the first time Ironhide gets killed off in a movie.
- Megatron destroyed Abraham Lincoln's statue out of its chair so he could sit there, much like his Generation One counterpart did in the episode "Atlantis, Arise!".
- He also does this if you complete the game as the Decepticons in the video game for the first live action movie.
- The missile that damages the Ark in the opening sequence is very similar, albeit larger, to the missile used by Inferno to attack Cheetor and Dinobot in the Beast Wars episode "Law of the Jungle".
- Near the end of the final battle, Bumblebee transforms with the classic transforming sound.
- Another Starscream got killed on screen.
- Wheeljack gets killed in the film, just like his Generation 1 counterpart.
- Starscream thrashed around when both his eyes were destroyed. The same thing happened to Metroplex when his eyes were stolen when the ghost of Starscream's counterpart possessed Scourge.
- Like his Generation One counterpart, Sentinel Prime is the predecessor of Optimus Prime.
- Sentinel Prime got killed off just like his Generation One counterpart.
- A rich evil guy siding with Decepticons? Sounds familiar.
- When Brains and Wheelie are watching Star Trek: The Original Series, the screen features Mr. Spock, portrayed by Leonard Nimoy — who voices Sentinel Prime. They comment that it is "the one where Spock goes nuts", possibly a subtle nod to Sentinel's role in the movie.
- Sentinel Prime says "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." The voice actor said the same line in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as Mr. Spock. However in that movie, Nimoy's character dies a hero.
- When Bumblebee says his goodbyes to Sam, he uses a clip of Spock, saying "I will always be your friend.", another line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
- The final battle taking place on a bridge, with the protagonist's arm being cut off might be a reference to the final showdown of the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
- Crankcase, leader of the Dreads vaguely resembles a member of the Yautja species from the Predator series of films.
- When Mirage threw Hatchet on the car, it was the same crash scene as it is a stock footage from Michael Bay's 2005 film The Island.
- The final battle featuring blade battle with the line "There can be only one" may be a reference to the 1986 film Highlander.
- Que's name may be a reference to Mr. Q from James Bond novels and films. Que also gives weapons to NEST soldiers while explaining the advantages and abilities for the weapons much like Q does for James Bond.
- The way Optimus kills Megatron by ripping off his head with his spine still attached is very similar to the original Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat.
- The heated debate between Bill O'Reilly and former Agent Simmons references the anchorman's real life quarrel with real life conspiracy enthusiast Jesse Ventura , completed by calling the agent a "pinhead".
- Though there was some debate over if it be released in 2012, this is what Michael Bay has posted: "Well its official: We have a great Transformers 3 story. The release date is now July 1st 2011. Not 2012." He said this before the release date changed. Bay has stated that this will be the last film in the series. 
- The filming had dealt with many accidents and disasters, such as Bumblebee Camaro totaled by a police vehicle and an extra's horrible accident after which the filmmakers were sued.
- Part of the scene of the car-chase battle in Washington DC is "borrowed" from the 2005 film The Island, another film by Michael Bay. Bay admitted, stating it was nothing wrong for the energy saving and carbon reduction.
- On the 9th July 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, officially broke the record for the fastest ticket sales ever. It reached $500,000,000 in one week, in world wide sales.
- Extract from TFW2005: "Dark of the Moon surpasses both Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in how fast it took to get to $500 million worldwide, (They took 10 days, DOTM took 8). If Dark of the Moon can survive the upcoming hiccup, then it is very possible that Dark of the Moon will reach the $1 billion mark by the end of the summer of 2011, making it the 9th movie ever to hit the $1 billion mark."
- A deep growl is heard at the end of the credits.
- It was nominated for three Oscars: Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects; all lost to Hugo.
They spent too much time on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and not the Transformers or plot!
- On 10th July 2011, Dark of the Moon remains #1 in Weekend Box Office, and becomes 2011's Top-Grossing Movie.
- On 27th July 2011, Dark of the Moon has bypassed the $900 Million Barrier and is well on it's way to $1 Billion by the end of next week (3rd August 2011).
- On 3rd August 2011, Dark of the Moon has reached one billion in the box office.
- The film is currently (2011 Nov 1) the 4th Highest Grossing Movie of All Time.
- Mirage and Wheeljack, known by those names in the toyline and essentially all supporting media, are respectively named "Dino" and "Que" in the film. While Dino is simply credited as such, Que is listed in the credits as "Que/Wheeljack".
- Roadbuster is listed as "Roadbuster/Amp" in the credits, a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- Leadfoot is listed in the film's end credits as "Leadfoot/Target", a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- Roadbuster is listed as "Roadbuster/Amp" in the credits, a reference to his car mode's sponsor.
- Skids and Mudflap only appear during the convoy scene at the beginning of the film
- During the highway battle, Jimmie Wood's Bonecrusher scream from the first movie can be heard coming from Crowbar
- James Avery interview on Unscripted, January 2010
- "Transformers 3 Re-Uses Car Crash From The Island", IGN Movies, July 2011.
- "Official 2011" - The Official Michael Bay Forums
- Michael Bay : Used old clips for Transformers 3 ?
- Michael Bay Borrows The Island Footage for Transformers 3 | TheHDRoom
- Recycling Old Footage for Transformers: Dark of the Moon Gets Busted by Internet Users Michael Bay: I Did It For the Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction. at NOWNEWS (Traditional Chinese)