Transformers 3 Update: New Villain Shockwave, Russians, Death, and oh Yeah, it’ll be in 3D

Well, so much for all those “that a boy!” Michael Bay got when he announced that he had no intentions of shooting “Transformers 3″ (or any film for that matter) in 3D. That’s all changed now, as Bay has been convinced to dive into the 3D Gold Rush pool and either shoot “Transformers 3″ in 3D, or convert it later to the format. Ah, cold hard cash. There’s nothing like it to make Hollywood types forget all those promises.

Besides the commitment to 3D, Bay and company also promise that this time around, when you die, you’ll stay dead. That’s a surprise, especially since everyone from Optimus Prime to Megatron to even human lead Sam Witwicky has died at one point or another in the two movies and then come back, seemingly even more badass than before. Not in the third installment, promises Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. They blame the lack of permanent death, as well as an incoherent part two script, on the writers strike.

In the same LATimes article, the villain of part 3 was also revealed: Shockwave, “the robot cyclops-turned-laser-cannon, who became dictator of their home world of Cybertron after the other Autobots and Decepticons journeyed to Earth.” I’ve never even heard of Shockwave, and when I heard the name, I thought they were talking about the Decepticon that could turn into a boombox. (That was actually Soundwave.) The plot will also involve “a space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet’s most dangerous secrets.”

Bay also promises that there will be less “dorky comedy” in part three, which is basically Bay saying that the jive-talking twin Autobots that set off a firestorm of racism accusations will not be making a re-appearance, although John Turturro’s G-man turned civilian will be coming back for comedy relief purposes. Oh joy.

As to the departure of Megan Fox? Um, Megan who?