Corey Burton Uninterested In Reprising Shockwave For Transformers 3, David Warner Is Rumored

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Corey Burton; the G1 (and the recent Transformers: Animated) voice of Shockwave, answered some fan questions at his Official Forum.

When asked…
“…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?

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  1. Chopperface's Avatar Chopperface says

    I was on Corey Burton's forums, where he answers people's questions about his work, much like the Ask Orci thread before ROTF.

    coreyburton.com ~ View topic - Transformers

    Now the man says he's uninterested in reprising Shockwave and joining a big budget movie like Dark of the Moon. He's heard rumors of David Warner being considered for the role. He actually auditoned for Brawl and Jazz for the first film.

    Quote:
    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.
    If this isn't news, tag and bag the thread, mods.

  2. wildfly's Avatar wildfly says

    Last i remember, Warner's voice was showing its age.

    We can't all be Michael Bell.

  3. Opticron Primal's Avatar Opticron Primal says

    Eh, it's not like he didn't already give us a kickass representation of Shockwave.

    He probably wants to do other things instead of being stuck in the same character role.

  4. Chris McFeely's Avatar Chris McFeely says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chopperface View Post
    he's heard rumors of david warner being considered for the role.
    Yes.

    Yes.

    YES.

    (For those that do not know, Burton actually BASED Shockwave's voice on David Warner. This absolutely needs to happen.)

  5. Doug's Avatar Doug says

    But I wonder did Bay ever contacted Burton about auditioning the voice role of Shockwave?

    But if its turns out to be Warner, I will be happy with that.

  6. Smokescreen's Avatar Smokescreen says

    While I would love for Corey Burton to return as Shockwave, I think David Warner is more than a suitable replacement choice.

  7. MythofBlackout's Avatar MythofBlackout says

    I heartily approve. David Warner would be a perfect choice for a big budget live action Shockwave.

  8. SPLIT LIP's Avatar SPLIT LIP says

    Yes please a million times over for David Warner as Shockwave.

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