Izabella, the Transformers: The Last Knight newcomer, knows she fights like a girl and she’s cool with it. Because it makes her awesome.
The new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight gives us a front-and-center look at Izabella, played by Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner. She might be a (15-year-old) kid, but she wants to fight and doesn’t give star Mark Wahlberg any choice in the matter. Izabella looks to be part of a gang of kids who’ve been orphaned after the Robocalypse, definitely leaning into the “Kids, They’re Just Like You!” part of the franchise. Gotta sell those Transformers toys.
The fierce survivor is a refreshing change of pace for the long-running Michael Bay series, which has often reduced its female characters to glorified blow-up dolls. Of course, there’s always the chance she’ll succumb to the “Badass in Distress” trope, where she’s strong and capable until that point where she eventually needs to be rescued by a man, but hopefully it doesn’t come to that. Fighting like a girl is a good thing, after all.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23.