It's got to be grim at eOne this week where some of their first media rollouts have been less than meets the audience.
First, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, bombs at the box office with a mere $13.3 million opening sales on a $88 million budget means things are not looking good for turning a profit.
Next, Transformers War For Cybertron: Kingdom is met with mixed reviews and low interest in the final chapter. This is no surprise when the heavily compromised show requires an almost total disregard for the original stories and characters fans are passionate about.
NOW, we've got news swirling on the SNS that Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts could be delayed to the 2022 Xmas Holiday. This news is based on a recent copyright entry that has been verified (shown below). Presumably, movies file for a copyright with the date they plan to release on, and here we can clearly see the "Projected Date of Publication: 2022-12 (Approximate)" section shown this is no longer a June 2022 release date.
What does this all mean? I don't know, but I am fine with stating the obvious. Hasbro has been ignoring fans' preferences pretty much from the start with Transformers (2007). Let's not forget the "That's Not Megatron!" uproar for example. What could have been sure things always seem to fall to the wayside trying to accommodate untested ideas, marketing schemes, actor development, and minimized budgets. When the audience votes with their dollars, we can see that Hasbro is losing the election with the very fans who nominated them. Paramount / eOne has forgotten too soon that Aquaman destroyed Bumblebee at the box office in 2019. It sucked the least of all the Transformers films is the best we can say about the B-movie.
As a fan, the relentless compromises have burned me out with settling for what is obviously a studio that either doesn't want to understand their own fan base, or is trying to get rid of us. So with all the bad news, this may be good news if it means they will finally do the right things that will get people to watch more than just the trailers. Already, fans are losing confidence in "Rise Of The Beasts" (official description above) with choices like "Scourge" and "Mirage" displaying continued disregard for what fans really know as the Transformers. Lorenzo and Stephen, PLEASE fix this now and make a story we like with the characters we want. We'll buy tickets for it this time if you do, promise!
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