We'd have to ask Bay, I guess, though his predilection for military/cop characters is of course nothing new.
I wouldn't know. I haven't actually watched any of his films since Armageddon
, though I've caught portions of Transformers
on TV -- mostly just the parts with Optimus in them, because Peter Cullen's cool to listen to.
And I'd think that the storytelling advantages of having a US military villain in a NYC-based story are fairly self-evident...
Uhh, no, they're not self-evident to me in the least. I really have no idea what you mean here. As I said, New York City is the most cosmopolitan and diverse city in the US. There really aren't many limits to what kind of characters of what origin could work in an NYC-based story.