It’s been almost two years since Michael Bay’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen hit theaters and people are still recovering from it. The film was a box office success but critically it was panned six ways from Sunday. Fanboys who anxiously awaited its released were even turned off by the lame story. After the dust settled, Bay and star Shia Labeouf acknowledged that there were some issues with the sequel that they couldn’t deny. Now that the third film Transformers Dark of the Moon is upon us, it’s time to really clear the air.

Over at Collider they spoke to Bay and had a conversation about the backlash he received after the release of ROTF and how it all went wrong. According to the director:

“We tried to learn from the second movie. On the second movie we got burned. We had a writers strike, we had to agree on a story in three weeks, and then we knew they were going on strike. It was a fucked scenario all the way around, it wasn’t fair to the writer, it wasn’t fair to me, it wasn’t fair to anybody. It was still an entertaining movie, but I think we failed on certain aspects.

To avoid the same mistakes, he says that the tone of Dark of the Moon will be much different and when it comes to excessive characters he’s cut the fat.

“It’s more serious. I got rid of the dorky comedy, I mean we’ve got two little characters, that’s it, but the dorkiness is not there. Dork-free Transformers. It’s much more serious. It’s still entertaining, it’s big looking.”

The first trailer for Transformers Dark of the Moon premiered this week so if you haven’t seen it you should watch it and judge for yourself. It’s going to take a miracle to rinse the bad taste of Revenge of the Fallen out of our mouths. Here’s to hoping that it works out!

Do you think Transformers 3 will redeem the franchise?