The latest Transformers 5 news has once again lit up the internet. The filmmaker that action film fans love to hate is back in the director's chair.
There may be spoilers in this article, so you have been warned.
Michael Bay is back to direct the latest film about giant alien robots, although previous reports by the Inquisitr have revealed it may be set entirely in space. If this is true, it could be a radical departure from what Bay is known for, aside from the copious explosions.
What most fans have grown to despise about Transformers 5 director Michael Bay's style is his habit of centering the story around human characters instead of the titular aliens. However, this could be intentional. A good story is often told from the perspective of the most relatable character, and not many of us can relate to a giant alien robot.
The Transformers 5 plot has been said to take place in space, following Optimus Prime's mission to confront the "creators" (AKA the Quintessons) and get the answers that Lockdown hinted at in the last film. Their race was apparently created for a purpose that defies everything Prime stands for. This is why Age of Extinction ended with Prime flying off to space, possibly leaving an Autobot in charge we haven't seen yet.
This could lead to the Transformers 5 news that Ultra Magnus being among the new robots means a change in leadership. Ultra Magnus was the one that Optimus gave the Matrix of Leadership to in the 80s animated film, although it eventually landed in the hands of Hot Rod. Mirroring the animated film, we've already seen the rebirth of Megatron known as Galvatron, even though it was done with debatably lazy animation compared with previous forms.
Many self-appointed critics are already hating the Transformers 5 news that Michael Bay is back as director, but there is a fact that they are forgetting. Bay didn't want to direct this movie, possibly because he's getting tired of everybody hating him after a film he apologized for. Revenge of the Fallen was a rushed movie, and Michael Bay had decided to push and get it out on time to please everyone.
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— IGN (@IGN) January 5, 2016
Obviously, that didn't work. Revenge of the Fallen ended up being the point where critics had declared him a bad director, and Michael Bay had apologized for the movie turning out the way it did. The critics haven't let it go, though, and everything Bay has touched ever since has been declared cinematic crap before we'd even seen a trailer. The latest Transformers 5 news hasn't changed this.
Digital Trends reported that this movie was written by people who penned Iron Man and Black Hawk Down, so there is hope.
Apparently, no other directors wanted to take the helm, including J.J. Abrams, according to a quote from Cinema Blend.
"I'm doing Transformers... 5, is it? I've taken on a lot of work.... It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else. J.J. [Abrams] told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more."
It could be that this Transformers 5 news indicates no other directors want to take on the internet hate that Michael Bay has gained in case they can't deliver the next Mad Max: Fury Road.
Michael Bay had originally not wanted to direct this film himself, and even tried to walk away with a film about the Benghazi attacks. It isn't Bay's fault that he's back at the helm for this latest Transformers 5 news.
Much like Michael Bay has tried to do, it's time for the critics to move on and possibly wait for the movie to actually hit theaters in 2017 before we judge it and pile on the hate.
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