Corey Burton; the G1 (and the recent Transformers: Animated) voice of Shockwave, answered some fan questions at his Official Forum.
“…with regards to the live action Michael Bay movies, were you ever contacted about reprising? I can’t imagine anyone else being shockwave except you; sadly he doesn’t appear (and they even got frank welker back but not as megatron and they forgot to make his soundwave voice awesome).”
Mr. Burton’s answer was…
“I was given the opportunity to audition for Jazz (a totally incomprehensible request for me to even attempt), and “Brawl” (you might recall I was Brawn in the early series), but it was just a one line “cameo” bit that didn’t seem worth jumping through all the audition hoops, just for a 2-second bit of scale rate “incidental” VO work.
It is rumored that David Warner himself has been under consideration for the next live-action/CGI movie production, as Shockwave – which I feel is entirely appropriate, given Mr. Bay’s propensity for casting Screen Personalities over multi-voiced off-camera “cartoon” character voice actors – and Mr. Warner’s outstanding history of consistently vivid and “savory” character performances (a much under-appreciated and impressively versatile master craftsman in the fine art of Acting, across the entire spectrum of audio/visual performance media). I wish them nothing but the very best for the wildly successful franchise; and have practically no interest in that kind of mega-budget movie enterprise involvement. I’m much too busy as it is, and thoroughly rewarded already many times over for the work I’ve done under the Transformers brand.”
David Warner has often played villains, in films such as Tron (1982) and television series such as Batman: The Animated Series playing Ra’s al Ghul, the anti-mutant scientist Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series as well as rogue agent Alpha in the animated Men in Black series.
Do you think that Mr. Warner will be a better Shockwave for Transformers: Dark of the Moon?