Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is introducing Beast Wars characters to the live-action movies, but it will change their story in order to do so.
By Sarah Moran
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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is introducing Beast Wars characters to the live-action Transformers movies, but it will need to make some changes to their story in order to do so. Up until now, the Transformers live-action movies have largely been concerned with the struggle between Autobots and Decepticons, warring factions of robotic beings from the planet Cybertron.?Based mostly?on the first Transformers cartoon of the 1980s, these films?see iconic characters like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron?bring their war to?Earth where they assume disguises based on automobiles and airplanes.
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Beast Wars is a sequel to the 1980s Transformers cartoon and it follows the conflict between two new factions:?Maximals and Predacons, the successors to?the Autobots and Decepticons. The series is set 300 years after the original cartoon, but in a twist, its characters are sent through a wormhole to prehistoric Earth. There, they continue waging war, but rather than assuming alternate vehicular forms, the Maximals and Predacons transform into animals. This is done not so much for disguise but as a way of protecting their?robotic forms from the?dangerously high energy levels of the prehistoric planet. Beast Wars doesn’t involve any human characters (prehistoric hominids notwithstanding) and the series ends with?the surviving Maximals and Predacons?returning to Cybertron.
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Transformers: Rises of the Beasts will be set in 1994, placing it between Bumblebee’s 1987 setting and the present day of the Michael Bay Transformers?universe. Optimus Prime will again be a central figure alongside Bumblebee, their fellow Autobots, and their human allies Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback). The movie is confirmed to include Maximals, Predacons, and another villainous faction, the Terrorcons, and of the Maximal characters, their leader Optimus Primal, Rhinox, and Airazor are all set to appear. The addition of Beast Wars characters to the live-action Transformers films is certainly exciting, but it’s already clear the movie will make some big changes when adapting their story. Rise of the Beasts will need to introduce the Beast Wars characters in a way that makes sense for this Transformers universe while also keeping them recognizable, and it will need to explain why these characters have chosen animal forms over vehicles.
The biggest change that comes from using Transformers: Rise of the Beasts to introduce characters from Beast Wars is the movie’s 1994 setting. As the Maximals and Predacons don’t have a history of interacting with humans as the Autobots and Decepticons do, it’ll be interesting to see what, if any, relationship is explored between them and humanity. It’s possible the Maximals and Predacons arrive on Earth as the movie begins, meaning they’ll be introduced to a much different Earth than in the cartoon. This could potentially even explain their choice of disguise as transforming into a gorilla or rhino would have been more useful than a truck in a pre-industrial world.
In addition to a much different setting, introducing Maximals and Predacons alongside Autobots and Decepticons could alter how these factions relate to one another. Traditionally, the Maximals and Predacons are descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons, and their leaders, Optimus Primal and Megatron, take the names of their predecessors to honor them. With Transformers: Rise of the Beasts intending for all factions to appear, it may be that Maximals and Predacons are no longer the next generations but a pair of sub-factions within the Autobots and Decepticons groups. Alternatively, though, as Beast Wars is a story involving time travel, it may be the Maximals and Predacon still come from Cybertron’s future, and instead of arriving on prehistoric Earth, they come to the planet at roughly the same time as the Autobots and Decepticons.
Bringing Beast Wars characters into the live-action Transformers movies opens up a lot possibilities for the franchise. Not only does it allow for a slew of new characters, but it will also change what alternate forms it’s possible for Transformers to assume, no longer limiting them to vehicles. Hopefully, as Transformers: Rise of the Beasts adapts Beast Wars for the big screen it won’t entirely lose what made them such a unique addition to the series.
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Sarah Moran is a news editor for Screen Rant and has been contributing to the site since 2014. She primarily writes features and covers the ongoing development of current movies and television shows. Sarah is a graduate of THE Ohio State University where she earned her B.A. in Film Studies in 2009.
Sarah’s favorite movies range from studio era classics to the latest sci-fi and superhero blockbusters. Her favorite TV shows are animated, and she’s always up to watch a documentary. Sarah spends her free time playing too many video games and proudly supporting the Columbus Crew, the greatest team the world has ever seen.
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