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Optimus Prime Takes on Decepticon Transit in Unseen ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Scene

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A recently unveiled deleted scene from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts showcases Optimus Prime engaging in a fierce battle with the bus-based Decepticon, Transit. Director Steven Caple Jr. made the decision to remove this scene from the final cut due to its dark tone, as test audiences found it unsettling.

The scene, shared by IGN, features Autobot leader Optimus Prime, voiced by Peter Cullen, confronting Transit, portrayed by John DiMaggio, who transforms into an unconventional alternate mode—a city bus donning a poster for the 90s film Beverly Hills Cop III. The clip exhibits their intense brawl within a bus depot, showcasing animation ranging from early stages to near completion. Originally, the sequence concluded with Prime defeating Transit and disposing of his lifeless body in the Hudson River, joining the ranks of numerous fallen Decepticons at the hands of the legendary Autobot. In an interview with FilmSweep, Caple Jr. explained, “During the screening, people were like, ‘Wow, this is quite dark.’ [Laughs] It was indeed dark, a movie I initially wanted to create, but I began to realize it was overly bleak. So we decided to dial it back.” Although the scene was ultimately cut, it was removed late enough in production for DiMaggio to be credited as Transit in the closing credits.

Who Is Transit?

Transit, a relatively lesser-known character from the Transformers universe, had previously made two appearances in different iterations before nearly making it to the big screen. These appearances were limited to comic books published by IDW. Similar to his cinematic counterpart, Transit is a Decepticon capable of transforming into a bus, although in one comic issue, his alternate mode takes the form of a slightly more unique British double-decker bus. Had Transit appeared in the movie, he would have been the only living Decepticon, marking the first Transformers film without the traditional Cybertronian villains. Instead, the heroic Autobots and Maximals in the film confront the formidable Terrorcons, minions of the world-consuming celestial entity known as Unicron. This would have been Transit’s debut on-screen, with DiMaggio lending his voice, who is also set to reprise his role as Bender in the forthcoming Hulu revival of Futurama. DiMaggio is already acquainted with the Transformers franchise, having previously voiced characters like Leadfoot in Dark of the Moon, Crosshairs in Age of Extinction and The Last Knight, and Stratosphere in Rise of the Beasts.

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Rise of the Beasts has recently surpassed the $400 million milestone at the global box office and is set to arrive on home video soon. The Optimus/Transit scene will be among several special features included in the digital and DVD/Blu-Ray release of Rise of the Beasts. Additional content will encompass behind-the-scenes footage, character featurettes, a focus on the film’s ’90s setting, and various other deleted scenes.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be available digitally on July 11, with physical media releasing on October 10. Stay tuned to FilmSweep for further updates and enjoy Optimus Prime’s clash with Transit below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

What is the deleted scene from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

The deleted scene from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts features a battle between Optimus Prime and the Decepticon Transit, a bus-based villain. It was cut from the final film due to its dark tone.

Who voices Optimus Prime and Decepticon Transit in the deleted scene?

Optimus Prime is voiced by Peter Cullen, while Decepticon Transit is voiced by John DiMaggio.

Is Transit a well-known character in the Transformers franchise?

Transit is a relatively obscure character in the Transformers canon. He has made appearances in comic books published by IDW but has not been featured in previous films. Rise of the Beasts would have marked his on-screen debut.

Why was the deleted scene considered too dark for the film?

Director Steven Caple Jr. decided to remove the scene after test audiences found it unsettling and dark. Although initially wanting to create a darker tone, Caple Jr. realized it was overly bleak and opted to dial it back.

Are there other special features included in the home video release of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

Yes, along with the deleted scene, the home video release of Rise of the Beasts will include behind-the-scenes content, featurettes on the film’s characters and ’90s backdrop, and several other deleted scenes.

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SciFiGeek77 July 12, 2023 - 6:05 am

Finally, a new transformers movie! rise of the beasts sounds so exciting. da battle between prime & transit must’ve been intense. shame it was too dark for sum peeps, but i like gritty stuff. gonna keep an eye out 4 da DVD release. need my transformers fix. autobots roll out!

TransformerFan90 July 12, 2023 - 11:33 am

omg! dis deleted scene sounds so epic! optimus prime vs decepticon transit in a brutal bus-depot brawl? wow! sad it got cut tho, but i get it, sum ppl cant handle da darkness. still, i wana see it! bring on da dvd release! #Transformers #OptimusPrime #Decepticons

MovieLover22 July 12, 2023 - 6:44 pm

Transit? who da heck is dat? i thought i knew all da transformers characters! guess he’s a comic book dude. but dis movie wuld hav been da 1st without classic bad guys! terrorcons sound cool tho. can’t wait 4 da dvd with all da special features. gonna watch optimus prime kick butt!


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