A Tall Order: Bay’s Attempt to Top ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Michael Bay- What's in Store for 'Transformers 4'

It’s official: Michael Bay will be back to craft the fourth film of the Transformers series — which he says will be a darker, more serious film introducing many new actors, robots and plot lines that he hopes will please fans of the franchise.

A Change of Mind

After rumors of his reluctance to take on the project and instead work on “Pain & Gain” — an action/comedy film about law-breaking bodybuilders starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — the fan-favorite sci-fi action movie maker Michael Bay decided to return. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he explains some of his compelling reasons for coming back. “I thought I was done,” Bay says In the interview.

“Then the [Transformers] ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and there were two-and-a-half-hour lines,” Bay added “And then you’re thinking ‘Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over’ and you start doing a lot of soul-searching.”

In an interesting plot twist, Bay confirmed that Wahlberg will join “Transformers 4” in the lead role vacated by Shia LaBeouf. Bay was quoted as saying, “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on ‘Pain and Gain’ and I’m so fired-up to be back working with him.”

Only One Man for the Job

To ensure the success of the first three Transformers films continues and plot lines and characters are built upon, the acclaimed director, Bay will be back to do it himself. But after the box-office success of “Transformers: Dark of The Moon,” just how should Bay go about trying to make an even better Transformers movie?

Writers and directors usually face difficult challenges when trying to exceed or meet the audience’s expectations and not ruin a successful franchise with a sequel. Given this challenge, which new cinematic elements will enhance “Transformers 4” to make it a worthy addition to the franchise that pleases hardcore fans while still drawing casual fans and families to the box office?

Potential Crowd-Pleasers

Here is a list of potentially show-show stopping additions that could make the new installment quite pleasing:

New Robots

Robots are cool. What’s even cooler is watching never-before-seen robots with shiny new gadgets and weapons. Let’s see some cool new robots!

New Cast Members

The first three Transformers films were fortunate to have the acting chops of Shia LaBeouf and John Turturo, among many other talented actors and actresses. The next crop of actors have some big shoes to fill, but with a fresh script, good directing and some great new special effects, they should be just fine.

An Expanded Universe

In much the same way “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” coexist separately and together in the Marvel cinematic universe, it would be great to see other sides to the Transformers storyline not yet explored. Expanding the universe, so to speak, means new locales, new characters and new relationships through a different point-of-view.


Will Bay decide to set the film on the war-ravaged home planet of Cybertron? This would fall in line with the “expanded universe” idea that would allow viewers to see a new side of the Transformers world.

Keeping Optimus Prime

It’s difficult to imagine an entire Transformers film without Optimus Prime as at least a supporting character. But is it time to expand beyond this fan-favorite robot, and move into uncharted territory?

If Bay delivers on his promise of a more serious version of the series and adds some exciting new features, the fourth edition should be a movie that makes a trip to the theater worth making.


Article by Scott Turner: Scott is a sports enthusiast, comic book fan and social media guru who hasn’t missed a Comic Con since the first one he attended in 1995.


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