The Transformers Writer Behind Optimus Prime Has A Problem With Michael Bay

Have you ever noticed Optimus Prime in Michael Bay’s “Transformers” films isn’t really all that heroic? To be fair, he doesn’t start that way in Bay’s original 2007 “Transformers” film.

There, he tries to keep the fights between the Autobots and Decepticons away from densely-populated areas and, when that’s not possible, makes an active effort to minimize casualties.

Optimus even implores Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf) to place the AllSpark (ie.

the film’s MacGuffin) in his chest during the climax, knowing it will kill him but will also prevent his arch-nemesis Megatron and the other Decepticons from wreaking havoc on the universe.Of course, Sam sticks the AllSpark in Megatron’s chest to kill him instead, and Optimus and the Autobots return in the 2009 sequel, “Revenge of the Fallen,” now working with humanity to hunt down the remaining Decepticons.

By this point, however, Optimus has basically morphed into Judge Dredd, anointing himself judge,…

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