When I say “tf character movie” I don’t mean something like a Marvel spin off where it’s just set up for a later team up, those are fun and all but I’m thinking more cerebral. I mean a movie that is about (mostly) one single character, and that character happens to be a transformer. They’re are given the same level of depth, complexity, and development as the protagonist of any other character movie, they’re just a robot. And sure, there would be action, it’d be almost impossible to make a TF movie without it, but for the most part the movie would be about their personal, emotional journey. There’s logistical issues, sure - character movies tend to involve the protagonist having a lot of screen time, and for a fully CG character that would eat up a lot of the budget. I also don’t know if audiences are ready or if they even WANT a slower, character focused TF movie. For the mainstream I imagine there’s a precedent set for these movies of “explosions”, and unless you can make it clear with advertising that this wouldn’t be that idk how you’d go about it. You could also make the argument that Bumblebee is kind of this, but Bumblebee is still a little bouncy and melodramatic (in a good way that is). Also, while Bee is handled decently as a character, that movie really belongs to Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, as it’s primarily about her and her journey. It’s WHY the movie works as well as it does, is because the main character has a single steady through-line. Though it does bring up a more specific yet substantial hindrance to getting this idea off the ground - few actors have the humility to have their face obscured through CGI in a movie that they have a majority of the screen time in. Yes, mocap actors like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbel have given incredible performances, but they also respect mocap as an art. Most big name actors want their face on screen in a role if it’s a live action movie (unless they’re getting paid a shit ton for what is primarily a voice role, but I’m also dying firmly on the “transformers should be done with mocap” hill). I don’t know. A live action movie where the main character is almost entirely CGI is something I think has only been done a handful of times, however I think with Transformers especially it’s a perfect idea. Any good TF story should focus on Transformers more as sentient individuals as opposed to giant war machines, and a movie where our protagonist is one of the robots in disguise is a great place to start.