Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes?

Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 6:18pm CST

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Ever since fans learned that the upcoming Transformers Movie would be a reality, they agreed on two things. They wanted Peter Cullen back as Optimus Prime and Frank Welker back as Megatron. Well it looks like fans will only get part of their wish. It looks like Welker will not be backj as Megatron. Welker posted the following on his own website back on December 12, 2006:

"I am not really sure what's happening with the "Transformer" movie other than my talented friend Peter Cullen has been cast. Presently, I have not been offered any roles. They are doing a new series based on our old shows which neither Peter nor I were cast. I think Corey Burton is playing the new Megatron. He is a wonderful voice talent and a great guy, so it's nice to be replaced by folks you like at any rate."

Also notice that Welker mentions that Corey Burton will be playing the part of Megatron in a new Transformers series.

Keep in mind none of this has yet to be confirmed and it is only rumor at this time. The main reason being that Welker made these comments back on December 12, 2007 and on January 8, 2007 IESB reported that Welker was days away from signing on as Megatron.

Credit(s): Mkbmemorial.com and Shaun_C of TFW2005


This article was last modified on Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 6:56pm CST

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Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6316)
Posted by 1337W422102 on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:20pm CST
Ok, this REALLY pisses me off.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6319)
Posted by FreakNasty on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:22pm CST
You folks DO realize, that other than Peter Cullen, the rest of the voice actors will not be picked until sometime in 07.

This is a fact, BTW.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6327)
Posted by chrisjbrandon on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:25pm CST
That majorly sucks!
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6328)
Posted by Ironhidensh on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:28pm CST
Good news. Now Bay and co can hire somebody who fits the part.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6329)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:28pm CST
I heard about this, aparently we where all misled awhile back.

I could care less about Heros at the moment, I just want an official statement about movie Megs.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6334)
Posted by Autobobby1 on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:29pm CST
Dude...this sucks. At least get somebody REMINISCENT of him. Or maybe the Beast Wars/Unicron Trilogy VA.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6336)
Posted by Megas XLR on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:31pm CST
pffft... that sucks. still think the movie's gonna be cool, but it just isn't the same. as for transformers heroes, i hope it's better than the movie.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6337)
Posted by Roadbuster on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:32pm CST
Guys remember, just because he's not voicing anyone in this one doesn't mean he won't be cast for a sequel. I half expected this. I just couldn't visualize G1 Megatron's voice on that Megatron. But, that wasn't the only major character Welker voiced. :wink: If there is a sequel, he could always be cast for Soundwave. That is a voice that can be applied to 2D and 3D formats.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6338)
Posted by Greed on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:34pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:Good news. Now Bay and co can hire somebody who fits the part.

Yeah, I agree with you.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6343)
Posted by TheMuffin on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:36pm CST
December 12th. Was that date before or after we had notification that he was days away from signing?
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6345)
Posted by BraveMaximike1981 on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:38pm CST
Welker may still come out playing Megs, he just hasn't been offered the role, but neither has anybody yet.
But Corey Burton will be cool for the cartoon! He did the original Brawn, Shockwave, Spike, Count Dooku on Clone Wars, a bazillion Disney voices... The guy is a friggin' genius!
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6348)
Posted by Rodimus sucks on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:39pm CST
Isn't it funny that Spike might end up as the voice for Megatron?
From Corey Burton's IMDB page:

"# Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness (1986) (V) (voice) .... Spike Witwicky
# The Transformers: The Movie (1986) (voice) .... Spike/Brawn/Shockwave
... aka Transformers: Matrix yo eien ni (Japan) "
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6349)
Posted by skywarp-2 on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:40pm CST
If Welker is not signed then it would be a serious over sight on the part of the movie and the directors, especially if the reason is Megatron doesn't speak and is a mindles killing machine, which is a complete action movie cliche'.. Terminator, Aliens, ect.. ect.. ect..

I hope no stupid actor is cast and makes him sound like "The Bio-Booster armor guyver is coming to get you" like that horrid Manga Guyver redubb.. US renditions Video tapes are better for that classic anime then that stupid company Manga who Butchers and redubbs anime horribly..!!!!

I am so glad that the new company and anime of the guyver is out and in a much better quality..ahhhh relief!!


Any ways Transformers fans unite!! Get that message to the head of the movie studio, get Welker, and have some meaningful banter between Megatron and Star Scream, otherwise we are lokking at another independence day, and I won't buy into it at all..

Also is this allspark the Matrix?? or is that a seperate concept that isn't even in the movie?? i hope the Matrix is in the Movie, i love that power that Prime had.. it's so centric to his Character and gives him this understood history that Autobots and Decepticons have been around for eons with almost magic like technology..
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6355)
Posted by proximus on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:46pm CST
He wasn't even OFFERED?

what a crock of ...well you get the idea. Doesn't sound like the production even entertained the idea of having him. Other than telling us they did.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6356)
Posted by Thanos on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:46pm CST
Have we not been told before that Welker was/is in the running for Megatron? Now, we get word from Welker himself that he hasn't been offered the role.

Is it just me, is someone telling a lie?
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6358)
Posted by Nemesis Cyberplex on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:47pm CST
A: I'm assuming you meant december 12, 2006 since 2007 is this year, & it's still January.

B: If I've got nothing else from watching this whole experience, it's that when things stay hush-hush....sh*t follows. Personally, I want Megatron to sound like Megatron....not like whatever "face" actor they end up getting. Frank's Megs truely was unique, & it sounded both ancient & metallic, which was perfect for Megs....& IMHO, especially this one. When I look at it, I hear a voice that nearly sounds like metal grinding, which is what the original Megs sounded like.

I think with all the backlash from the designs, Bay would have to be a fool to not use Welker.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6359)
Posted by TheMuffin on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:48pm CST
FOLKS! This was two months ago! The article before about him being close to signing was only 3 weeks ago!
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6362)
Posted by Death-Ray Charles on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:48pm CST
Now who will they choose to Play Megatron?...Daniel Radcliffe?
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6367)
Posted by Kimmer on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:51pm CST
normally i'd be pissed but seeing as how that thing in the movie which they call megatron is a piece of garbage i don't mind. it just wouldn't fit. since bay and the rest of the retards haven't done anything right so far why not just keep this pathetic streak going.
Re: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes? (6369)
Posted by Nemesis Cyberplex on January 30th, 2007 @ 6:52pm CST
DeadMatrix wrote:Now who will they choose to Play Megatron?...Daniel Radcliffe?
I think Hugo Weaving was in the running (Agent Smith from the Matrix, Elrond from Lord of the Rings).

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