Michael Bay has been making some of the biggest big-budget movies in the industry for decades now, and the landscape of tentpole filmmaking has only grown increasingly more massive since Bay broke onto the scene with Bad Boys back in 1995. There’s been an industry-wide shift in studio filmmaking toward producing fewer movies, with bigger budgets, and there’s no doubt that’s partly to do with the rise of superhero cinema and the goliath set-pieces that come with it.
Which is what makes it so surprising that a master of top-shelf spectacle like Bay hasn’t dipped his toe in the superhero genre yet. Sure, he’s been a little busy with his Transformers franchise over the last decade, which only left him with enough time to squeeze in two non-Autobot adventures in between, but it seems like a match made in heaven that’s yet to be made. So, what gives?
Over the summer, Collider’s own Steven Weintraub visited the set of Bay’s latest entry in the long-running franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, and during a wide-ranging interview with the director, the conversation turned to the state of superhero movies and why Bay hasn’t tried his hand at one yet.
It’s not that Bay isn’t a fan, “I really liked Civil War. I like a lot of the Marvel movies,” he told the journalists on set. “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.” Though he does “wonder where [superhero movies] are going to go,” noting that Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War as having “almost the same setup.”