New ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Images; Cumberbatch Talks Fan Expectations

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As die-hard fans work to unravel the mysteries of Star Trek Into Darkness hinted at thus far (and believe us, we’ve got our own questions), it seems J.J. Abrams and crew have seen fit to release a brand new batch of official images. They may not put the larger questions to rest but do show that all this “unstoppable force of destruction” talk isn’t just lip service.

Benedict Cumberbatch may be preparing to unleash terror on all of Starfleet and the crew of the USS Enterprise, but that doesn’t mean production itself hasn’t offered more than a few laughs. Who said the world ending couldn’t be fun?Abrams and Cumberbatch haven’t minced words: they are more than pleased with this movie’s villain, from motivation to performance. But as much as Abrams might claim that Into Darkness isn’t just a movie for fans of the TV shows or even his previous Star Trek movie, the pressure can’t be ignored. Especially if Cumberbatch’s ‘John Harrison‘ is who we still suspect him to be.

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In an interview with Empire, Cumberbatch and Alice Eve spoke about the pressures of their roles as antagonist and Dr. Carol Marcus, respectively. Eve maintains that an existing fan base is always an extra thrill for an actor, but one that can’t be a distraction when performing; Cumberbatch spoke to the risks of worrying about fan reaction in greater detail:

“That way madness lies… I think that’s the thing, isn’t it? If you have an over preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad. We’ve got J.J. Abrams, and he’s already beautifully cracked that nut in the first film, and I think it pleased a lot of the varying camps: people who were coming to the franchise for the first time, the J.J. Abrams fans and the Star Trek fans, so that was a big comfort to me.

“It’s always a compact between me and the writers and the directors – the people who are hiring me to do the job – and if I’m making them happy, I can trust that it’ll make fans happy as well… You know, ‘Sherlockies’ – as they’re probably known now, after Trekkies – have a long history. Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone are huge icons, playing a character that’s been taken on by different people over 70 times – you know, it’s the most played fictional character of all time – so having done two series of that and being reasonably confident we’re doing all right with it, and I’m doing all right with him, I’m not… overly confident about this, but I’m just saying it’s something you don’t let preoccupy yourself.

“Basically, what she said, but in a 1000 words”

Cumberbatch certainly owes much of his star’s rising nature to his work on BBC’s Sherlock – attention he promises shouldn’t affect that series’ future – but a powerful turn in Into Darkness could take things to an entirely different level.

Confidence will definitely be needed if he hopes to continue dispatching Klingons with ease, but the new official images prove that much of the movie’s plot and action sequences are still a mystery. Take a look:

Despite the serious story and painful journey awaiting Captain Kirk, it’s worth remembering that Into Darkness will still have some laughs. That lighter atmosphere on set is already paying dividends, as Cumberbatch offered a behind-the-scenes detail on the striking shot of his character leaping through a plate-glass window, seen in both Star Trek trailers so far:

“That’s definitely not me. This is my stunt double, bursting through a glass door. I did do this, but I did it through previously shattered glass, some of it sugar glass…It’s a fantastic shot, and a wonderful day. I actually ran up these stairs so many times though that at one point – and it might still be in the film – my legs gave away and I just went down on my knees and slid. Before I’d even got up, I’d sort of started running, scrambling a bit like an insect. So J.J. was like, ‘Did you plan that?’ ‘No, no, no, it’s just that my legs gave up on me and I thought I better keep on f***ing motoring to get up…’ So he goes, ‘That’s great, we’re going to keep it in the film!'”

In case some fans were still worried that Abrams was going to be taking the franchise in a darker direction (as is the recent trend), Cumberbatch again diffuses concerns. The similarities don’t end with Cumberbatch’s villain locked up and interrogated (just as moviegoers saw in Skyfall and The Avengers), but while acknowledging the similarities, Cumberbatch reminds us that “not all of those bad guys had Enterprise costumes on, and that’s what matters.”

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What do you think of what’s been shown so far, and in these latest images? Are you looking forward to Abrams’ wish to take things to a more serious and trying place, or will you be most excited when some of the lighter side gets its turn in the spotlight?

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

(And Check out the Full Star Trek 2 Image Gallery!)

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Source: Empire, Paramount

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  1. This movie is going to be EPIC!!! One of my most anticipated films of the year.

    • indeed

  2. I just watched a bootleg of the first ten mins that was screened before “The Hobbit” Imax………It looks flipping A W E S O M E !

    • Haha l love it.

    • yeah, i had to settle for a bootleg copy too. apparently New Mexico isn’t important enough to have even a single theater to screen it. and sorry JJ but i’m not driving 3-4 hours just to see 9 minutes, not gonna happen.

      However, I agree. This movie looks awesome! though I’ve been thinking that since walking out of the theater after watching the first one in ’09…

  3. cumberbatch is going to kill it! when I watched the pilot of sherlock I loved it but I thought to myself that benedicts lower voice would be great for a villain. So when it came to my attention that he would be the villain of star trek 2 and smaug in the hobbit I became real excited!! I have no doubt that he will be great in both films 😀

    • He also is credited as “The Necromancer” in “The Hobbit”, although in the film, the character only appears as a blurry silhouette.

  4. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen so far. I’m a big fan of Cumberbatch and trust his judgement on roles. He’s very picky so I’m sure this will be ace

  5. Cumberbatch could appear in a toothpaste commercial and I would not be able to look away.

  6. estoy deseando que sea mayo, y aun falta mucho, porfa que nervios, benedict me gusta mucho

  7. I soooooooo can’t wait for this, looks amazing!! Definitely my most anticipated movie this year!

  8. I dont understand why Mr. Spock looks either angry or shocked in the two pictures we see him in,,,,,,,,isnt his character supposed to be prided upon self discipline and restrained emotion?????? Leonard Nimoy would be disappointed.

    • Nimoy showed emotion quite a bit in the original series…at least in particular instances.

      Remember that Spock is half-human and that Vulcans control their emotions; they do NOT ignore or purge them…

      • He also lost his mother and entire race in the new timeline…he is “emotionally compromised” as Spock Prime states.

        • Exactly.

  9. Are they using guns?

    Them dont look like Phasers?

  10. One thing I haven’t seen mentioned but I think is interesting is the costumes. Anyone else notice that it seems like they only wear their Starfleet uniforms while on the Enterprise? (at least in the stills for this movie). I like that JJ and crew have expanded Starfleet’s uniform collection and not simply had the crew continually wear the gold, red, or blue outfits. Just an observation.

  11. Interesting how since the new movie came along, and the fanbase changed, the average intelligence of a “trekkie” came down by half.

    This is just another bland action movie, it lacks substance!
    The old Treks;TNG,DS9,VOY,even EN, had moral fibre ,ethical discussions and great connundrums!

    This movie can be brought down to “Pew pew ,kapow ,pew ,AAAAAAAH ,end credits”

    • They also had hundreds of episodes to pad out such substance.

    • We haven’t SEEN the movie yet. I think you’ll change your tune when the credits role.

      Perhaps it’s you that has lost a few brain cells along the way.

      • Yeah. It’s funny that the best original cast Trek movies were the ones that were all…. “Pew pew ,kapow ,pew ,AAAAAAAH ,end credits”

        The slower, perhaps more ponderous and thoughtful ones, although good, don’t cut it next to something like “Star Trek 2:TWOK”

    • No. My Intelligence still the same. Perhaps typing such a broad accusation based on your general assumption of the average “Trekkie” is rude?

    • Actually with the exception of The Wrath of Khan.

      The other Nine movies were good, ok, average or flat out bad.
      Search for Spock, Final Frontier, Insurrection and Nemesis were all pretty bad.

      Voyage Home, Undiscovered Country, Generations and First Contact were Good to Ok.

      Now actually shining examples of movies for MENSA Members.

    • you know this films lacks substance based on what? a 2.5 minute trailer? if you’re not a trek fan, that’s fine, but don’t insult those of us who are please.

  12. No matter what character Cumberbatch plays, the guy gives it his all, and that is what matters. He impresses me, and I have no doubt he will impress me in this film. I look forward to this film for just him alone.

  13. She’s got Dr Dehner hair and Dr Dehner insights into madness. This girl is a genius. But she does point out what killed the tv shows; trying to placate obsessive fans.
    As long as the villain is like Hannibal Lecter. His cannibalism is a metaphor for someone exposing Kirk’s incompetence and “absorbing” his job. Get it? Trust me, it’s deep and scary. For some people.

  14. According to the lasted film description, J.J. just called the new villain an ex-Starfleet Employee. He does not understand what the franchise is about.

    • What do you mean? Not everyone in the Federation works for Starfleet…or does so for a life time. The villain could, indeed, be an ex-Starfleet employee…

    • He could be a discharged officer or a fired scientist, consultant, or other staff, just as a few examples…

    • What is the franchise about? Still a Military organization, there is bound to be a few who would commit acts that would get them kicked out.

  15. Robert April it is

  16. I loved the new trailer, slowed it down and was able to capture shots from kirk space jumping and see another starship beyond the debries field.
    Looks like the one that crashes in the bay. I would like to share, hou do I upload the images?