Every fan of the older cartoon series wanted to know why their favorite Autobot or Decepticon didn't make it into 2007's Transformers. Now that Transformers 2 is going into production, cries to see their favorite character appear have happened again, none quite so loudly as calling for Shockwave (the Decepticon who transformed into a tape deck). And now Robert Orci has confirmed to IGN.com that the sound-based character will be in the film.
In addition to the fact that Soundwave (and his sidekick, Ravage) will be appearing, Orci also talked a bit about what we might see from the plot of TF2:
We want to follow some of our lead characters which we thought were so successful. Shia's character; where is he two years later? His girlfriend, where is she two years later? But for fans, I guess I'll address this more for the fans, because I think if you didn't know Transformers
at all and you came in and you liked the first movie, you'll like the second one. However, some of the die hard fans, which we were a member of that group, felt, well, maybe it's a little light. Maybe it wasn't science fictiony enough. And I think the second one will deliver on a true Transformers
story. You know, the first one, we had a limited budget for what it was. Every second of Transformer time is a million dollars or whatever the heck it is, so this time, because we were able to prove through the whole thing that it's a viable live-action movie, we have a little more freedom this time to actually learn about the Transformers, see them, hear them. It's a better balance between the humans and the Transformers.
Directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf, Transformers 2 is scheduled for a June 26, 2009 release date.