Phew: Twins Will Not Be Back in Michael Bay's Transformers 3
Oh hell no! Although there were many problems with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, one of the most hated aspects of it were the annoying "Twins" autobots: Skids and Mudflap. Although we learned after the fact that they were actually the creation of Michael Bay (not the writers), we were all hoping they wouldn't return in the sequel. Well, bad news, as the TFLAMB has spotted the two cars (the Chevy Beat & Chevy Trax) on set in downtown Los Angeles this week for Transformers 3. While they don't have any actual photos, a reader claims they "saw the Autobot 'twins' zooming around" and shot a video of another car getting hurled.
While this isn't fully confirmed (there are no photos to back it up), I have a feeling it's true, mainly because they're Bay's little bots and he probably wanted them back. When Transformers 2 was released, numerous high profile critics like Harry Knowles and Scott Mendelson called Skids and Mudflap "racist foul-mouthed robots" and "the most astonishingly racist caricatures that I've ever seen" (two quotes from their respective reviews). I don't know how Paramount or even Chevrolet let him bring back characters that are so racist, but let's hope he's toned down their racism and focuses more on their Decepticon ass-kicking skills in this one.
The TFLAMB also has news about actress Kym Whitley joining the cast (most likely for a smaller role) and plenty more continually updated coverage on Transformers 3. We'll probably hear more about this sequel as it continues to shoot over the next few months. This isn't great news (about the Twins), but I'm not going to write off the entire movie just because two bots are back (though they were very annoying). It needs a better script/story and it could be entertaining again like the first. What side do you fall on with these bots?
Update: Not long after we posted this, Michael Bay himself wrote an update on his official forums stating simple and strongly: "The Twins are not back in T3." So there you go, the Twins will not actually be returning, according to Bay. But let me remind you that when Transformers 2 was in development, Bay came out and said that Megatron was not in that movie, and look who showed up (and had a huge part in that sequel). However, I am actually inclined to believe that he's not lying this time, just because I do think he's smart enough not to bring them back. So until further notice, this story ain't true, and the Twins won't be back in Transformers 3.