Michael Bay admits Transformers 2 was flawed, promises Transformers 3 will bounce back. Really. No, really.

Michael Bay is finally admitting that Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen may not have been a perfect movie. But Transformers 3, now filming, will drop the "dorky comedy" and substitute an intense mystery. More importantly, it'll end Bay's Transformers story.

Oh, and there are spoilers ahead.

Speaking to USA Today, Bay says he'll take "some of the criticism" of the sequel, but blames some of the problems of the writers' strike. (Which forced him to go forward without a real script in hand, as he explained at the time.) And Bay calls the villain of that film, the Fallen, "kind of a (expletive) character." (I'm assuming he said "shit." But you never know.)

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is more forthcoming about what went wrong with T:ROTF:

We tried to do too many things in the second movie, which didn't give enough time in any one of them. We were constantly jumping to the next piece of information, the next place.

What will be different in Transformers 3? Bay claims the controversial Twins are "basically gone," and the "dorky comedy" is at a minimum. Although he then admits that John Turturro is also back. More importantly, it's got a real story, and "This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings," says Bay. He adds: "As a trilogy, it really ends. It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending."

What's Transformers 3 about? The villain this time around is Shockwave, a favorite character from the 1980s cartoon who became the dictator of Cybertron after the Autobots and Decepticons traveled to Earth. And Bay says the film's plot is a mystery, about the Transformers' secret role in the 1960s space race between the United States and the U.S.S.R. And we'll discover that everything we knew about the Space Race was wrong. Or something. And one of the movie's sets is a destroyed nuclear reactor.

Let's hold on to the most important thing: The Michael Bay Transformers movies are definitely coming to an end. [USA Today]