‘Star Trek 2′ Poster is Very Familiar

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

star trek 2 poster Star Trek 2 Poster is Very Familiar

The cast and filmmakers for Star Trek Into Darkness (a.k.a. Star Trek 2) have been dropping vague hints about the plot for a year now, but Paramount (sorta) finally pulled the curtain back by unveiling an official synopsis last week. Today, the studio has also released the first teaser poster, hinting at the catastrophic event that forces young James Kirk (Chris Pine) to truly earn his captain’s chair in the sequel.

However, it’s a fair bet that speculation about the movie – including, what is the villain identity of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) – is going to be set on the back burner temporarily, in favor of discussions about how much the poster rings a bell (with regard to one recent blockbuster sequel in particular).


Check out the full poster for Star Trek Into Darkness:


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As you’re sure to notice, the Star Trek Into Darkness one-sheet very much shows the influence of the Dark Knight Rises teaser poster (and The Expendables 2 poster, to a lesser extent). That is, we see a figure (Cumberbatch?) dressed in a flowing coat, surveying a demolished city – where the fiery rubble and crumbling building in the foreground forms the outline of the Starfleet insignia, much like the demolished Gotham City skyline formed the Bat symbol in Dark Knight Rises‘ one-sheet (or Sly Stallone stood silhouetted by a giant ’2′ in the Expendables poster).

That’s not to say the Star Trek 2 poster is inappropriate, seeing how the storyline does indeed involve the Enterprise and her crew setting out to stop “a one man weapon of mass destruction” (Cumberbatch) after he launches a surprise attack that leaves Starfleet in ruins. Moreover, screenwriter Damon Lindelof has made it no secret that he and co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci looked to The Dark Knight for inspiration (in terms of going “one step beyond” the previous film). Lastly, the Into Darkness title flat-out says the sequel is going to be, well, darker than its predecessor.

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So, here’s the question: is this a sign that Star Trek Into Darkness falls closer to Christopher Nolan’s relentlessly grim Batman trilogy than the bigger, bolder, but still humorous, sequel that fans have been promised – similar to how the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, reflects the influence of The Dark Knight?

That seems unlikely, if only because Dark Knight and Skyfall resulted from two arthouse filmmakers (Chris Nolan and Sam Mendes) attempting to make a more personal blockbuster – whereas, with Star Trek 2, director J.J. Abrams and his writing crew seem more interested in raising the stakes, while also providing the crowd-pleasing entertainment of the Star Trek reboot. If anything, the Trek 2 poster feels like the handiwork of Paramount marketers who realized that selling things as darker and grittier is all the rage, regardless of how appropriate it is (see: Sony’s Dark Knight-esque promotion material for The Amazing Spider-Man).

Of course, we will have a better idea of what to expect from Star Trek Into Darkness after the first trailer and 9-minute IMAX preview premiere in the very near future – so, stay tuned for more here at Screen Rant.


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

Source: Paramount

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  1. I dont see why people say hes copying Nolan there were dark gritty movies before Nolans. Sequels tend to get more darker, yes Nolan mastered it but he wasnt the first.

  2. Hmm, I have to opine if that is Cumberbatch it looks like he’s sporting some pointy ears. Could he be perhaps Spock’s brother re-imagined?? Wouldn’t the outcome of that put a real spin on future installments, if Spock’s brother is responsible for Kirk’s mothers death?!!

    • Yes I to believe him to be a bad/rogue Vulcan!! Read my posts below!

      • Yeah I went back and read that Dr N. interesting how a picture by one person can evoke a number of different and similar imaginations within others.
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    • That doesn’t make any sense to me at all, Jeff. “Just who the hell are you?” was the extent of Soran’s relationship with Kirk in Generations, which hasn’t happened yet anyway…

      • Has anything in the New timeline work? Kirks Father was not Killed, Spock Mother was not killed.

        That is the funny thing about altering time, it has a ripple effect on everyone, and everything.

        Like I said, A One in a Billion.

        The Borg did not appear to TNG, But record of the borg was recorded by Captain Archer and the Crew of the NX-01 and therefore Archer was mentioned in the new time line.

        So, the improable could become the possible.

        • But what I mean is that Soran was completely indifferent to who Kirk was in the original timeline, so any newly-manufactured reasons why he might love him or loathe him in this one just wouldn’t have the significance to an audience that a reworked former friend or foe might have.

            • I’m up for that as long as Spock’s not showing his midriff and Uhura’s not the one with the goatee. ;-)

            • Mirror Universe would be beast!!

        • They did reference Archer in Abrams Trek, Scotty made a reference to a transporter mishap involving an admirals beagle. The villains most likely going to be Gary Mitchell.

  3. Yes Darker! because that is what Star Trek is all about. It’s about being dark and depressing. Offering a dark post apocalyptic view of the future. Yup! that is original! And should certainly set Star Trek out among all of the other series, um I mean ‘Franchises’. Sorry forgot to use the current marketing terminology to describe what could never be art. But more so a ‘franchise’, product produced for maximum profit. Indeed this is Star Trek, let continue to repackage, ‘brands’ into disassociated tv and film productions that loosely relate to the key core elements that made that ‘brand’ unique in the first place. Star Trek’s significance came form the fact that it wasn’t like everything else. But much like the Presidential election and Matriarchal America. It doesn’t matter, all that matters is the ‘brand’ and the bottomline. Art is dead, long live the franchise. You couldn’t pay me to go see this crap. I will give my money to some teens on the street making home movies with a camcorder. At least what they are doing is original and passionately produced with art in mind. Integrity has been lost in film. Mindless Consumer culture is the death of art and meaning. With their rip off Transformers Batman poster. Long live Star Trek. The vision is dead. R.I.P.

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    • Are you for real quoting some of the most evil things said in the last century?