Originally Posted by Mr. Earle
More like Batman & Robin.
Nah, Batman & Robin was the same director as Batman Forever, so it was the next step in a downward spiral. X-Men: The Last Stand is what happens when you lose your director, and the studio takes over to ensure that the continuity is maintained at the expense of creative freedom, which is why you can only get guys like Brett Ratner to do it. The same thin would be at risk of happening if someone were to take over for Bay in TF3. Paramount knows that Bay has a winning formula, and if he were out of the picture they'd be desperate to maintain momentum. So, they'd probably have to hire someone who isn't fussy about auteurism and is willing to emulate Bay's style, and we'd probably end up with another X3.