Some fans have complained almost endlessly about the choice of Michael Bay as director for this film. I considered this, and then considered the alternatives. For your perusal, I offer you the Transformers movie as it would have been directed by.... the Wachowski brothers In the near future.... bored with his dead-end job as a soldier in the Autobot army, Hot Rod is awakened at his computer terminal one day by a cryptic message: "you've got the touch." Soon after that, his life is turned upside-down by attacking Sharkticons, exotic Quintessons, and the world-devouring Unicron as he seeks the answer to the question that he has pursued all his life: what is the Autobot Matrix? J.J. Abrams A group of humans vacationing on Mount St. Helens is unexpectedly isolated by a volcanic eruption. Through a series of flashbacks, we come to understand the personal backgrounds of Spike, Carly and Sparkplug as they seek to learn the truth about the mysterious "hatch" leading to an alien spaceship buried in the heart of the volcano before the elusive "Others" (led by Dr. Arkeville) can wipe them all out. John Lassetter Kup is a cranky, old, but respected Autobot warrior who finds himself ignored when a young Hot Rod shows up in Autobot City, befriending the local humans and turning their military regimen upside-down. However, an attack by the Decepticons forces the two of them to travel across the galaxy together in a series of hilarious misadventures until they come to trust one another's approach to life. Featuring John Ratzenberger as the voice of Grimlock. Quentin Tarantino In this hilariously violent send-up of the genre, we follow Starscream, Rumble, Astrotrain, Dirge, Shrapnel, and the Stunticons is a series of intercut vignettes as they swear, crush, and blast their way through daily conflict with the Autobots to secure an attache case full of energon cubes for Megatron (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson). Peter Jackson In this epic period piece, Bumblebee spends approximately an hour and a half of screen time developing his relationships with Optimus Prime, Jazz, Prowl, Blaster, Tracks, Perceptor, Ultra Magnus, Wreck-Gar, Grimlock, Alpha Trion, Teletraan-1, his father, his uncle, his second cousin once removed, and a small boulder nicknamed "Stan" before we finally get around to a Decepticon attack and watch almost everyone Bumblebee knows get killed, set to a sweeping orchestral soundtrack. The DVD-exclusive Extended Cut would have stretched this out to four hours of character development followed by six hours of lavish CGI-driven brutalization of the entire Autobot army.