Why Michael Bay Will Never Direct a Marvel or DC Movie
We're just mere hours, perhaps even minutes, away from the big Transformers: The Last Knight trailer reveal. While we await that exciting footage, we have some interesting new thoughts on the superhero genre from none other than the director of Transformers 5 himself, Michael Bay. While he seems to enjoy watching the DC and Marvel icons battle on screen, don't expect to see him coming aboard a future project for either studio.
The director was recently interviewed by Collider, where Bay divulged his admiration for certain superhero movies, such as the original Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. While he's interested in watching movies like Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman, he has no vested interest in trying to make such stories come to life himself. And he has a pretty good reason why.
Transformers: The Last Knight is not only the fifth movie in Paramount's lucrative robots in disguise franchise, it is the fifth consecutive movie Bay has directed for the studio. And it could be considered part of the superhero genre, especially since the Hasbro toys launched with their own afternoon animated series back in the 80s alongside their own monthly Marvel comic. Though the Transformers movies have been critically derailed, they still make a ton of movie. And Michael Bay can pretty much do whatever kind of movie he wants after he's finished with the series.
But don't look to Marvel or DC to come courting him to take on one of their projects. He's too much of an individualist when it comes to his branded style of filmmaking. And as we've seen one too many directors come in go, exiting upon the exclamation of "creative differences", neither venue sounds fit for the king of cinematic explosions. He does stuff his own way, and Marvel and DC both make movies as a team effort.
About being such a huge superhero fan, Michael Bay had nothing but huge praise for the movies he's had time to watch. He says this about some of the most recent ones.
"I really liked Civil War. I like a lot of the Marvel movies. When I saw Iron Man, it broke a lot of new ground for me, and it was a great character. Funny, witty, I liked that about it.. I wonder where [superhero movies] are going to go. [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War had] almost the same setup."
That's when talk turned to the director jumping behind the camera for one of the impending Marvel or DC releases that is currently without a director. Bay says that is never going to happen. He explains.
"I wouldn't want to, it's not my thing, it's just not my gig. I don't ever wanna take someone like a third of something or second of something. I gotta do my own thing, because the most fun is when a real director creates the world. You know, you talk to Ridley Scott, one our favorite things to do is to create the world. Steven Spielberg, create the world. That is what it's about. If I were to do something I would have to redo it my way."
Transformers: The Last Knight is supposed to be Michael Bay's final Transformers movie, but he said that about 3 and 4 as well. The next Transformers movie will be a Bumblebee spin-off that delves into that popular robot's origin. It's very unlikely that Bay will direct this first standalone movie in the series. But we don't put it past him to return for Transformers 6. Though, it sounds like we can definitely take him out of the running for DC Films' The Flash, which is currently sitting without a director attached despite its looming early 2017 start date.