Paramount Pictures has confirmed Hot Rod will be in Michael Bay's fifth Transformers movie, and of course he looks nothing like we remember.
That shouldn't be a surprise since Bay has hardly stuck to proper Transformers continuity, but we may see him acknowledge it in some way here. See, once Prime was killed it was Hot Rod who gained possession of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and transformed into Rodimus Prime. With Optimus off on Cybertron searching for the Quintessons and this possibly being his "last" battle, could we see Hot Rod take over as the new leader?
With Bay moving on this would be a good time to start over fresh with a new Autobot leader. Transformers: The Last Knight opens June June 23rd 2017.