Transformers 2 Update

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 6:49 am,

optimustrucksm Transformers 2 UpdateI’m really glad I held off on this, because a lot of new information has surfaced about Transformers 2, the sequel to last summer’s hit movie. Photos of three Mustangs that are Barricade in car form were spotted in L.A., followed by an eyewitness photo of Optimus Prime in truck mode.

Speculation was rampant that the start of production was imminent, though there wasn’t any further evidence pointing to that. Director Michael Bay said they couldn’t start shooting until at least May 2008, which got me to thinking about what actually may be going on.

barricadecarsm Transformers 2 UpdateIt’s not uncommon to start shooting scenes in movies with heavy visual FX before production begins, before even a script is finished, because the FX are so complicated. If Transformers 2 is to make its summer 2009 release, and to live up to the promise by Bay that it will be even bigger than before, I believe they’re starting work on FX now.

I think they will shoot various scenes, off and on, between now and the actual start of production, so the FX guys (I’m guessing ILM again) can get to work on various components. Heck, they shot the train sequence in Spider-Man 2 at least 4-6 months before the start of production, before the final script was done.

Onto other rumors: is claiming to have a casting breakdown of the movie, and that the Constructicons (and Devastator) will be in the movie. Three problems with that: a couple of Decepticons in the first film had Constructicon names (Devastator/Brawl, Bonecrusher), Bay has said they won’t make it into the sequel (he said the same thing about Dinobots–ME GRIMLOCK NO LIKE THAT!), and Bay also likes to tease us fans and movie news sites with false information.

On the plus side, misinformation could actually mean the Dinobots and Constructicons will indeed be in the film. Plus, we know that both Starscream and Barricade survived the last movie. Come to think of it, Barricade was last seen running point for Bonecrusher when he transformed on the highway, and that was it.

Source: Superhero Hype! (here and here; bigger versions of the photos, plus more of Barricade) and

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  1. I think you’re right about the FX shooting, Bay had written base script while the writers were on strike so they had something to work with when the strike ended. This means they know the general story, scenes and most especially the characters.

    So its easily believeable that they are indeed getting a head start for the crazy special effects required for a rather quick release next summer.

  2. Heath, I’m glad you’re covering this because despite the fact it made a gazillion dollars I couldn’t care less about “Transformers 2.”


  3. “to live up to the promise by Bay that it will be even bigger than before”

    Translation: “To live up to the promise by Bay that it will be even worse than before.”

    Personally, I’m hoping that the novelty of the first one was the only reason it did so well, and that the second will be the biggest flop of Bay’s unfortunate career. Considering how big a departure the first movie was from what Transformers is, and especially from what I believe it could and should be, I can’t bring myself to feel anything but utter contempt for this second movie.

    I will not be seeing it, and I beg all of the readers of this sight not to do so either.

  4. Wow. I really like Transformers. I’m looking forward to the sequel. Sometimes I think some of you people are just TOOOOOOO damn picky. Transformers was a FUN movie.

  5. “Transformers was a FUN movie.”

    Not for me it wasn’t. For me, it was nothing short of torture. I’d rather just be waterboarded than watch that movie, or it’s sequel, again. The characters were unrecognizable, either in appearance or characterization, and that’s when they got any characterization. As such, I had nothing to draw me into the movie, nothing to make me care about any of the characters, and when one of them died, I had no reaction at all. The movie was all style and no substance, and the second promises to be more of the same.

    As for being too picky, maybe so. Then again, I don’t just accept anything that’s thrown my way. I like my entertainment to have some substance to it, and I don’t like it to be dumbed down to the point where I have to be lobotomized to enjoy it.

    To borrow a quote from a show that started out dealing with this very issue: “There’s always been a struggle between art and commerce, and now I’m telling you, art is getting it’s ass kicked.” This movie series is, to me, a perfect example of that. The thing that I find most painful is it’s supposed source material is easily one of my favorite series.

  6. I don’t know what yall’s problem with Transformers is, because that movie freak’n rocked. To me it was proof that robot movies don’t have to suck. I loved it.