The opening scene of Paramount's solo Transformers film Bumblebee took audiences back to the days of the war for Cybertron, as Autobots and Decepticons waged a desperate battle filled with laser beams and explosions.
The sequence was especially notable because it offered classic, G1-inspired designs for all of the characters taking part in the battle, such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Soundwave. But there was one fan-favorite character absent from the scene that was originally supposed to take part in the fight: Megatron.
"I stuffed the scene with so much," director Travis Knight told Entertainment Weekly. "The way that I originally pitched it was essentially it’s the opening moments of the ’80s cartoons fused with Saving Private Ryan. I wanted us to feel like we are in the battle with the robots at that time. I had this whole thing that I boarded out myself where I had Megatron in there. He comes into the scene just absolutely leveling sh--, just laying waste to everything in his path like Sauron in The Lord of the Rings."
Not only was Megatron considered to appear, his design was partially established. "We had a [new] design and a partial build and everything," Knight added. "I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to do it, but then as we started going through, it was going to be too expensive and really did fly in the face of continuity with the [Michael] Bay films."
Knight went on to say that this "created issues for people who were unfamiliar with the franchise. I wanted to make sure this film was a tribute to the live-action films as well as the cartoon, that there were layers of enjoyment for fans of both."
When Bumblebee was first released, it was being billed as a prequel to the Transformers film series. However, since then, Hasbro has confirmed that the movie is a reboot that opens up "a new storytelling universe."
Directed by Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny, and is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.