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Michael Bay Bailing on TRANSFORMERS?

News on G.I. JOE, BATMAN 3, IRON MAN 2 and More

By Rob M. Worley     June 18, 2009
Source: Mania

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Michael Bay says he's done with 'Transformers'. Plus: 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' posters online. Olivia Munn appears in 'Iron Man 2'. Goyer talks 'Batman 3'. 'Smallville's Metallo revealed and more. Walking like an Egyptian, it's your Comics2Film 9.6.18!



SMALLVILLE Debut and Villain

The CW has announced that 'Smallville' will return to the airwaves on September 25th at 8pm. That's a Friday night, which is the new time slot for Season 9 of the Superman series.

In related news, TV Guide reveals that Metallo is on tap to be a recurring villain in the new season.

And who should play the Daily Planet reporter-turned-Kryptonite-baddie? 'Sarah Connor' alum Brian Austin Green, that's who.

TV Guide also says the role of Zod is uncast, but if previous patterns hold, we'd expect a Zod revelation in late July, timed with Comic-Con.



Rucka Clarifies WHITEOUT Trailer

Remember that 'Whiteout' trailer we showed you yesterday? Old news says comics writer Greg Rucka, who penned the graphic novel on which the film is based.

"It is not the official movie trailer, but rather the teaser that WB put together for San Diego the year before last. It's not bad, but it's not the trailer," Rucka writes from his blog. "I have been told that, if you want to see the Official 'Whiteout' Trailer, it will be shown before 'Orphan' when the film is released."

'The Orphan' is the new thriller from Dark Castle and Warner Bros, due out on July 24th.



Olivia Munn's Playboy cover has nothing to do with this story but we wanted to post it anyway.

Olivia Munn in IRON MAN 2

Fanboy Fave hostess with the mostess Olivia Munn has landed a role in Marvel's 'Iron Man 2' according to Variety. There's no word on what, exactly, the "Attack of the Show" host will do in the movie.




You already knew 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' was big. How big? Here are some stats and figures provided by the studio:

  • Robots
    • 14 robots last time, 46 robots this time (ILM only)
    • If you had all the gold ever mined in the history of man, you could build a little more than half of Devastator.
    • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
    • Devastator’s hand is traveling 390 miles per hour when he punches the pyramid.
    • The pyramid destruction simulation was 8 times bigger than the old rigid simulation all-time record holder at ILM.
    • All robot parts laid out end to end would stretch from one side of California to the other, about 180 miles
    • Devastator’s parts stacked tip to tip would be as tall as 58 empire state buildings.
    • If all the texture maps on the show were printed on 1 square yard sheets, they would cover 13 football fields.
  • Disk space
    • TF1 took 20 Terabytes of disk space. Trans2 took 145 Terabytes. Seven times bigger!
    • 145 terabytes would fill 35,000 DVDs. Stacked one on top of the other without storage cases, they would be 145 feet tall.
  • Rendering times
    • If you rendered the entire movie on a modern home PC, you would have had to start the renders 16,000 years ago (when cave paintings like the Hall of Bulls were being made) to finish for this year’s premiere!
    • A single imax shot in the movie (df250) would have taken almost 3 years to render on a top of the line home PC running nonstop.
    • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!
  • Imax
    • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
    • Imax frames take about 6 times longer than anamorphic to render.
    • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!
  • ILM screen time
    • ILM Screen Time is about 51 minutes.
  • Devastator
    • Devastator is as tall as a 10 story building.
    • Devastator has more than 10 times the number of individual parts found in an average car.
    • Laid out end to end, Devastator’s parts would be almost 14 miles long.
  • Devastator totals
    • Number of geom pieces: 52632
    • The total number of polygons: 11,716,127
    • The total length of all pieces: 73090 feet
    • The total length of all pieces: 13.84 miles



New G.I.JOE Character Posters Online

Several websites have been given first dibs on posting new images from 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'. IGN, Collider, Movieweb, Latino Review and Cinematical exclusively revealed posters featuring Snake Eyes, The Baroness, Duke, Storm Shadow and Ripcord.

Check 'em out!

Snake Eyes poster from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Baroness poster for G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Duke Poster from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Storm Shadow poster from G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA

Ripcord poster for G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA



Goyer talks BATMAN 3

Yesterday's big rumor cast doubt on whether or not director Christopher Nolan would return to his fantastic Batman franchise. IGN was able to follow up with filmmaker David Goyer, who helped Nolan craft the stories for 'Batman Begins', 'The Dark Knight' and is working on 'Batman 3'.

When asked about the rumors, Goyer responded, "Well, I believe he said if we can find the story that he's happy with, that he would return. And unfortunately, respecting Chris… You know, talk to him after he finishes 'Inception', which he's shooting right now. That just started shooting."

Goyer, who is out promoting his new TV Series 'Flash Forward' confirmed that he has been talking with Nolan about story ideas.




Michael Cera's checkered performance in a high school hallway set of SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD

SCOTT PILGRIM's Checkered Performance

It's been a few days since we uttered the title 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World'. There's not much new to report, other than the fact that director Edgar Wright continues to supply interested fans with daily photos. Here's one we thought was cool, showing lead actor Michael Cera in a high-school hallway set or location from the film, featuring lots and lots of squares and checkers. Is Scott Pilgrim just a pawn?



Bay: "I've had enough of the TRANSFORMERS"

With 'Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen' set to morph into theaters next week, director Michael Bay says it'll be his last film in the franchise.

Drawing from quotes attributed to the WENN site, IMDB reports that Bay is looking for a rest from retinal-burning summer noise-fests and critics who bag on his plot-free movies.

"It's easy to go shoot an art movie in a winery in the South of France. But people have no idea how hard it is to create something like 'Transformers'. They review me before they've even seen the movie," Bay is quoted as saying.

And while Paramount and Dreamworks will doubtless call for a third film in the cycle, Bay says they'll be doing it without him.

"After the three and a half years I've spent making these movies, I feel like I've had enough of the Transformers world," Bay allegedly said. "I need to do something totally divergent, something without any explosions."

Autobot scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman made similar remarks back in March stating that 'Fallen' would be their last work on the franchise as well, ceding the third movie to other writers.

And, of course, it's not the first time Bay has quit the franchise. A few years back the director also said he'd never do a second movie after Paramount refused to release the first one on Blu-Ray, opting for HD-DVD only. He reversed that decision in less than a week.

Editor's Note: This segment was corrected at noon ET as the reference to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD were transposed.



Shia has the TRANSFORMERS Touch

Honestly, this clip needs no setup...



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lemarcus03 6/18/2009 7:29:58 AM

Correction: Michael Bay had initially refused to do Transformers2 because the first movie was to be originally released only on HDDVD and not Blu-Ray .  He had wanted Blu-ray.  The Blu-Ray version didn't come out until HDDVD was history.

Whiskeymovie 6/18/2009 7:34:14 AM

Actually, they only released it on HD and NOT Blu-ray, which pissed him off, but being that HD is now a dead format, and the zblu-ray came out anyway it doesn't really matter. I am sure Bay will be back. After T2 makes crazy money, they will throw a lot of money his way to get him to return. And I can't wait to check this out on IMAX. It is going to kick-ass.....also can't wait for G.I. Joe....another kcik-ass action pic....haters be damned!!

Darkknight2280 6/18/2009 7:42:14 AM

Michael Bay..lets just be honest here. You arent going to make a movie without explosions. No one would take you seriousl if you went out and made a "serious" film. You make GOOD action movies, stick with what you know and are successful with. But really you arent planning to quit the franchise anyways..you just are looking for more money as if the $75 million you made on Transformers 1 wasnt bigg enough money. Just shut up and make me another transformers move to watch!

Nuff said

Darkknight2280 6/18/2009 7:45:38 AM

OLVIA MUNN IS FRAKKING HOTT!!! Was she nude in the playboy? OR was it just bikini pics? Anyone know?

ponyboy76 6/18/2009 8:09:48 AM

Yeah, I was going to say. There is no way in hell Bay can make a movie without explosions in it. I mean Micheal Bay without explosions is like Woody Allen sans New York or Harold Melvin without the Bluenotes. You never go platinum. I just hope if he leaves, they don't get McG, Rob Cohen, or Sommers to replace him. They all went to the school of "blow shit up University" but Bay seems to be the only one that didn't flunk out. 

Wiseguy 6/18/2009 8:24:43 AM

Money isn't the question with Bay. He's made ridiculous amounts on Transformers alone and even gets a cut from the toys. I take him at his word that he's probably tired of the franchise, 3 plus years on just Transformers would burn most people out. But a film without explosions from Bay sounds more unbelievable than giant robots

I only read the articles on Playboy, always skip the pictures, so I couldn't answer you that DK2280. Just kidding, No she's not nude. And I bet her role is as a small sexual conquest by Stark

Wiseguy 6/18/2009 8:52:44 AM

So this season Smallville will be Zod and Metallo, looking forward to it.

Brian Austin Green getting the Metallo role leads me to believe that he won't be seriously considered for Green Lantern, good news IMO. I like BAG but find him totally wrong for Hal's GL and he said he was going for it.

ponyboy76 6/18/2009 9:15:05 AM

Apparently, he gave up a full regular season status on One Tree Hill just to do this 2 or 3 episode arc as Metallo. He`s definitely a comic fan boy.

violator14 6/18/2009 9:27:34 AM

AWwwww Michael Michael Michael, are you sad?? i think he is just butt-hurt from the critics who are too overly-criticial and dont know hot to appreciate what they see, and not what they want to see in their own Ivy league educated naive arrogant nitpicking minds. Don't worry Michael, once you beat almost every box office record, you will be appreciated buddy!

kimbroo 6/18/2009 9:58:58 AM

Yeah.  Bay is good at the whole action thing which still leaves me to say he should be a 2nd unit director/coordinator of set pieces.  He does have a talent at that.  As long as they keep the visuals, I really have no problem with getting totally different people to direct and write.  Their roles in the first film isn't exactly the reason why I liked it. 

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