Hi Ryu X Chun-Li Fans!
It’s been a while, but we’re back on the blog! Now, let’s talk Transformers.
We have new respect for movie director and producer Michael Bay. Is it because his latest movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has already made more than $100 million worldwide in only its second day of release in the U.S.? No. We have new respect for Michael Bay because in a recent interview with MTV, Michael Bay called the bluff of all the haters of his Transformers work:
They love to hate, and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re still going to see the movie!
Michael Bay has his idea of what the Transformers universe is, and he’s sticking to it. It’s the story he wants to tell, and he doesn’t care what any of the haters say. Critics universally panned his latest Transformers work, saying it’s worse than “Revenge of the Fallen”. But the movie is still here and people are going to see it (100 million dollars already earned remember?). Even more crazy is most haters have to go see the movie if they want to hate in an informed manner, which helps the movies box office even more. Oh the irony!
Meanwhile, Hasbro hasn’t stepped up to stop the movies from being made. In fact, a Hasbro presentation from Vilsco Textiles revealed that a fifth Transformers film is in development and has a planned 2017 release. Paramount Pictures’ Rob Moore stated that there have been talks for a fifth and sixth instalment.
Most angry fans just blow air.
And fans have done nothing. We’re in our fourth Transformers movie now, years of opportunity for fans to get organised, and no hater or critic has done anything save vent their frustration in reviews and rants.
These fans and critics could do what we do. We love Generation One animated Transformers. Do we wish there was a movie more faithful to it? Yes. But at the same time we accept Bay’s work as an alternate universe. A “What if…?” We hated “Revenge of the Fallen.” We can’t even bring ourselves to own it on DVD. But we don’t take it out on Michael Bay or anyone else via the internet because, in truth, we can’t be bothered to do anything to change the situation. Transformers doesn’t matter enough to us to do something significant to stop the current run of Transformers movies and force a reboot, or even make our own fan work about it.
Ryu and Chun-Li on the other hand… There’s where we take action!
Of course, we are producing our book not because we are unhappy with the current status quo in the Street Fighter story universe. We love CAPCOM. We love UDON. We simply want a Ryu/Chun-Li story of quality to exist: a story fans of the pairing can go to and get their Ryu/Chun-li fix and be satisfied, or better yet be inspired to produce a work better than ours.
We are not criticising. We are doing something! We are being productive! Meanwhile, what have all the amateur and professional critics done to stop Bayformers? Four movies and nothing’s changed. In fact if you go by the critics, things have gotten worse.
So if all this criticism and hate hasn’t changed anything, and no Transformers fan or united group of Transformers fans has done anything to change the situation since Michael Bay started his work in 2007, then Michael Bay is right: Haters love to hate. Why else do it when it is completely ineffective?
Haters of Bayformers, as seven years of history has clearly shown us, can’t be bothered to do anything significant to change Michael Bay’s course. And if Michael Bay’s Transformers have taught us anything, it’s that even the most professional critics with their “universal panning” cannot stop Michael Bay from doing what he wants with the Transformers franchise. Therefore, the only reason for a person to hang onto hate for Bay’s work is because the person makes money doing it, loves the attention he gets from producing the hate, or takes some other weird pleasure from criticizing. And if for someone it is the latter, we recommend…
More next time!