Given how everybody who was critical of the direction of the bayverse franchise was going immediately brought up the fact his name was attached in a big way to Batman and Robin, and then oh look Bayverse crashed and fucking burned, it can't be coincidence alone. Of course the crux of the argument here, lest we get driven off topic, boils down to the fact I originally said Kruger being better than Goldsmith wasn't that good given I think Goldsman could be surpassed by Uwe Boll. But if you want to discuss Kruger, then let's discuss Kruger. How's he been doing? Pretty goddamn poorly given his last two writing assignments since AoE were Ghost in the Shell and the Dumbo remake, both of which were box office flops. One of the most common things brought up in reviews as to why they failed? The writing. It really does suggest that in the end, even if Kruger had stayed on for TLK, the end result would more or less be the same since Bay and Lorenzo had more of a hand with the script really being parts of a bunch of different scripts by a bunch of different writers, so the amount of contribution or influence Kruger would have had at all is in question.