DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus

Transformers News: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 3:42PM CDT

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Transformers live action movie blog has posted some call sheets that confirm that the character of Sentinel Prime was originally called Ultra Magnus.

According to the blog, it was the test screening that drove the change to Sentinel Prime. However we have to wonder if Hasbro had a say in this change. Ultra Magnus has always been a heroic character and doesn't match the role that Sentinel Prime plays in DOTM.

The blog also states that they re-used the Ultra Magnus head as what the Apollo 11 astronauts step on and uncover as they explore the ship.

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You can view the rest of the call sheets here.
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Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250101)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on June 30th, 2011 @ 3:45pm CDT
woah, did not see that coming :shock:
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250103)
Posted by Rated X on June 30th, 2011 @ 3:47pm CDT
Havent seen the movie yet, but am dissappointed they chose to use the name "Sentinal Prime". It just doesnt fit, no matter what role he plays in the movie. It is like calling Sideswipe "Drift".
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250107)
Posted by FullMetalGeth on June 30th, 2011 @ 3:51pm CDT
Whoa, that's a shocker. :shock: :shock: :shock:
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250116)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:02pm CDT
Um, yeah... because it's ALWAYS a good idea to let a buncha riff raff off the street watching a free movie actually NAME THE CHARACTERS IN YOUR MOVIE.
:BOOM:

*steps down off soap box*
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250117)
Posted by bumble_bee_68 on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:03pm CDT
wow, that is interesting.
can not see Ultra Magnus turning sides :shock:
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250118)
Posted by agentk9 on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:03pm CDT
wow. it kinda confirms that they are basically just assigning the TF brand names to these fugly ass designs by pulling them out of a hat. No regard for the actual characters or mythos.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250119)
Posted by Chaoslock on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:05pm CDT
DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus


But he couldn't deal with that now :lol:
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250120)
Posted by Screamfleet on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:08pm CDT
agentk9 wrote:wow. it kinda confirms that they are basically just assigning the TF brand names to these fugly ass designs by pulling them out of a hat. No regard for the actual characters or mythos.


Actually, by not naming him Ultra Magnus, that shows they don't want to do that. Dino and Q were suppose to be Mirage and Wheeljack. It's lame the toys will still be referred to as such.

They certainly couldn't have called Sentinel, Nemesis Prime, that would have been too obvious.
They do have some concern, not as much as other adaptations, but sentinel being magnus would have been worse.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250124)
Posted by Chaoslock on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:11pm CDT
Screamfleet wrote:
agentk9 wrote:wow. it kinda confirms that they are basically just assigning the TF brand names to these fugly ass designs by pulling them out of a hat. No regard for the actual characters or mythos.


Actually, by not naming him Ultra Magnus, that shows they don't want to do that. Dino and Q were suppose to be Mirage and Wheeljack. It's lame the toys will still be referred to as such.


Que was still Wheeljack - as it was in the credits (Que/Wheeljack - ...) Actually, I'm happy they did name Mirage Dino. The character didn't look like Mirage at all.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250127)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:14pm CDT
Screamfleet wrote:Actually, by not naming him Ultra Magnus, that shows they don't want to do that. Dino and Q were suppose to be Mirage and Wheeljack. It's lame the toys will still be referred to as such.


I think that just makes it evident that LOTS of characters changed names at the last minute.

Doesn't matter to me. None of the robots have enough character development to make me attached to them (Shockwave... Jazz....) or care about a name change. *shrugs*

We all know I'm going to that movie to watch stuff blow up... and to hear Cullen voice Prime.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250130)
Posted by TimothyR on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:17pm CDT
Screamfleet wrote:
agentk9 wrote:wow. it kinda confirms that they are basically just assigning the TF brand names to these fugly ass designs by pulling them out of a hat. No regard for the actual characters or mythos.


Actually, by not naming him Ultra Magnus, that shows they don't want to do that. Dino and Q were suppose to be Mirage and Wheeljack. It's lame the toys will still be referred to as such.

They certainly couldn't have called Sentinel, Nemesis Prime, that would have been too obvious.
They do have some concern, not as much as other adaptations, but sentinel being magnus would have been worse.


well said.

and just because they don't look like boxes running around doesn't make them ugly. get over it.

anyone else notice that there were nods to two G1 story lines in the movie?

and what.. the movie universe can't be it's own universe? it HAS to be the G1 universe?

they try to use the names that we know because that's what the fans want. and i guess you missed all of the characters that they did well..

i love G1 as much as the next guy.. but there's already a G1.. this can't be something new, for new fans? i thought sentinel prime was a great choice for the movie. he's a character that i've certainly never cared for. and now he's got a major role and is in the spotlight. i think it's great. bringing new life to an old name.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250137)
Posted by OptiMagnus on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:27pm CDT
Unfortunately, Ultra Magnus couldn't deal with being in a blockbuster movie.

That's definitely quite a shocker, but I still wonder now if the alt-mode was somewhat inspired by Animated Magnus. I would've liked to have seen an Ultra Magnus, but I think Sentinel Prime is the way to go- a name that otherwise isn't spoken a lot among the fandom.
Of course, the character of Sentinel Prime had been toyed with since early drafts of the first movie, so I see how they'd be eager to use him for once.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250146)
Posted by FullMetalGeth on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:34pm CDT
Chaoslock wrote:
DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus


But he couldn't deal with that now :lol:


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! :lol:
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250147)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:36pm CDT
I can see some of both sides (familiar G1 VS fresh take)... but at the end of it, I felt like the movies have drawn as much - or more - from other franchises than actual TF lore... including Aliens, Predator, Bionicle, Dinozaurs, the Matrix... with ole Optimus dropped in the middle of the hodge-podge.

I guess I'd prefer they use new names, if they're completely different/new characters. :-?
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250154)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 30th, 2011 @ 4:49pm CDT
And I even guessed that it was Ultra Magnus when Sentinel was first shown in the first teaser he was in. I wish they had done that. If they could make Prime a vicious asshole, surely they could make Magnus a misguided backstabber.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250163)
Posted by Alex Jones on June 30th, 2011 @ 5:08pm CDT
According to the blog, it was the test screening that drove the change to Sentinel Prime. However we have to wonder if Hasbro had a say in this change. Ultra Magnus has always been a heroic character and doesn't match the role that Sentinel Prime plays in DOTM.

The blog also states that they re-used the Ultra Magnus head as what the Apollo 11 astronauts step on and uncover as they explore the ship.


That does not make sense. So the movie CGI was completed way in advance?

Whatever the case, I would have been fine with Ultra Magnus. It would have been interesting.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250168)
Posted by The Variable on June 30th, 2011 @ 5:21pm CDT
Can't say I'm TOO surprised. For one thing, it explains why Sentinel has so many resemblances to Animated Ultra Magnus, from his vehicle mode to the voice clips that his toy has.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250172)
Posted by gothsaurus on June 30th, 2011 @ 5:28pm CDT
Dang. I forgot about ole Animated Magnus's toy. He's spot on, save the head.
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250175)
Posted by dirk2243 on June 30th, 2011 @ 5:42pm CDT
Sniff....Sniff..... I smell..... what is that? ummm... A repaint? Please use a new head mold if so!
Re: DOTM Sentinel Prime Originally Called Ultra Magnus (1250183)
Posted by Lastjustice on June 30th, 2011 @ 6:14pm CDT
I'm glad they went with Sentinel Prime, as it's far more fitting for Ultra Magnus to be left a hero. Sentinel has had some shady business in some continuities. Magnus has always been a good guy thru and thru.

I'd love for them to have brought in Ultra Magnus as a fellow good guy so Prime had another heavy hitter to go with his bunch of cars. May be he can join for 4th film.

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