Ever since Michael Bay snatched up the big-money Transformers franchise and began churning out sequel after mediocre sequel, there’s been a bit of a resurgence in the ‘Giant Robot’ genre. Fame may have gone to Bay’s head over the subject, as apparently he made some off-hand comments about other big robot flicks being little more than attempts to copy the success of his movies. And while the story is that he was speaking of the crappier big robot offerings, such as the god-awful Battleship, the statement rankled Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro. Check out what del Toro had to say in response, below:
We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion. For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison.
The fights don’t occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments. They occur in the middle of a raging sea storm or in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated.
I doubt Bay was trying to piss in del Toro’s cornflakes about Pacific Rim, however. I mean, even with all his money, Bay has to realize that he doesn’t come anywhere near to having the level of directorial skill that del Toro possesses and that Pacific Rim is going to make Transformers look like… well, it already looks about bad as it can, so I guess that doesn’t matter.
Still, the media felt the need to report it, and so shall we relate it in turn to our fair readers. I’m sure you’re all smart enough to know what the better big robot movie is, so Bay’s words are pretty much a moot point.
Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.