Tomorrow sees the release of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which continues the story of the never-ending war between good and evil shape-shifting robots from the planet Cybertron. The advance buzz is pretty good, which bodes well for Michael Bay's franchise.
This week also saw the unveiling of the Fallen, the new band featuring "American Idol" cast-off Carly Smithson and some former members of Evanescence. Their first song is available on their official site, and they played said song at an appearance yesterday.
But which property featuring the word "fallen" stands supreme this week? Metal-off!
The Fallen's song "Bury Me" is pretty heavy, but Bumblebee alone contains more forged steel than anything the band can roll out. Advantage: Transformers
The performance video of the Fallen's show appears to have been filmed on a cell phone. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is directed by Michael Bay. Advantage: Transformers
Most Like Its Predecessor
"Transformers" continues on the same path that the first film set up, further extending the mythology of Optimus Prime and friends. The Fallen sound a lot like Evanescence (not surprising, considering they have the same chief songwriter). Advantage: The Fallen
25 million people watched Smithson when she was on "American Idol," and Evanescence have sold nearly 20 million records worldwide. "Transformers" grossed $319 million, plus drove an entire generation of kids to convince their parents to buy Starscream toys. Advantage: Push
Better Use Of Former Reality Show Star
You would think Carly Smithson would take this in a walk considering the success she had on "American Idol," but "Transformers" star Shia LaBoeuf makes a case for himself, having appeared in a season of "Project Greenlight." He has come a long way since "The Battle of Shaker Heights." Advantage: Transformers
Winner: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Like any Michael Bay project, it's simply too big, loud and awesome to deny, though we think the Fallen will do just fine.