2007 was a transformative year for Linkin Park. In May that year, they released third album Minutes To Midnight. It was a record that, while still packing some of the nu metal bounce and crunch that had defined their first two records, 2000's game-changing Hybrid Theory and beloved 2003 follow-up Meteora, firmly began their shift towards the more anthemic, radio-rock friendly territory that defined the latter part of their career.
Lead single What I've Done felt like a line in the sand, in that respect. A mid-paced, mournful anthem, its release one month ahead of the album signified a very different kind of Linkin Park: one not ashamed of its roots, but ready to move onto pastures new. It was a success upon release, but its legacy was truly sealed a few weeks later when it was included as the lead theme in Michael Bay's Transformers movie. Its appearance in the film itself, kicking in during the final scene as Optimus Prime gives his thoughtful monologue on the fate of Earth, was box office gold, propelling Linkin Park to an even bigger audience than before and creating the most iconic moment of the entire (and increasingly ridiculous) Transformers franchise.
15 years on, it seems the scene's legacy has a lasting impact. A new trend on Twitter has seen fans attempting to recreate the magic by dubbing What I've Done over some of the most legendary ending scenes in cinema. From Star Wars to The Godfather to Spider-Man, it seems no box office franchise has been left untouched by the 'but it came out in 2007' trend, which has even taken in remixes of the final scenes from classic cartoons and video games (we're big fans of the Elden Ring version, personally).
But why has this all happened, you ask? It seems to originate from what we think is the very first riff on the idea, created by Twitter user @CastCretaceous, who made a Linkin Park'd take on the final scene of 2015's Jurassic World last week. From there, it seems that The Internet just did its thing.
Either way, it at least goes to show that, when all is said and done, the Linkin Park/Michael Bay combo was actually pretty awesome, and deserves its moment in cinematic history.
Have a look at some of our favourite takes on this daftest of trends below.
Jurassic World but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/gjxylYNcMQAugust 17, 2022
The Godfather but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/ZQpBnPVwBQAugust 23, 2022
This isn't even the worst idea I've had today...What's Eating Gilbert Grape but it came out in 2007 https://t.co/1JgyQkvvIN pic.twitter.com/oPUZ9GI9rbAugust 18, 2022
'Star Wars: A New Hope' but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/85rjCkZ9NpAugust 23, 2022
Dragon Ball Super: Broly if it came out in 2007 (Or, more accurately, if it came out in 1993 but were dubbed by Funimation in 2007) pic.twitter.com/kErjdxWlMfAugust 23, 2022
There Will Be Blood but it came out in 2007 (it actually did) pic.twitter.com/sPjYjuFmrDAugust 23, 2022
Spiderman No Way Home but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/zu92KAxuLcAugust 24, 2022
Batman Begins but it came out in 2007. There I did one 😂 pic.twitter.com/5wRCii46CkAugust 24, 2022
Elden Ring but it came out in 2007(Based off my elden ring video I made) pic.twitter.com/PBagScdP6qAugust 21, 2022
Tim Duncan telling LeBron, “it’ll be your league in a little while, but thanks for giving us this year,” but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/2G6aG0UGCxAugust 24, 2022
TDK but it came out in 2007 pic.twitter.com/yDzPML0yfsAugust 20, 2022