First STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Poster Looks…Familiar

     December 3, 2012


With all this recent Star Wars news flying around, the fans of Star Trek finally have something new to celebrate. This first poster for Paramount’s sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, features a familiar symbol shaped by the destruction of surrounding buildings, with a mysterious dark figure standing upon a pile of rubble. Could this be the “one man weapon” the synopsis foretells?

Hit the jump to see the poster.  Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D and IMAX 3D on May 17, 2013.

Check out the eerily familiar* poster below, followed by the synopsis (click to embiggen):


Here’s the official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness:

star-trek-into-darkness-poster-closeupIn Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

*The new poster has already been christened “Star Trek Into Dark Knight,” as you can see via the comparison below:


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  • Tom

    The poster reminds me of TDK, TDKR, Mass Effect 3 and Cumberbatch committing you know what in Sherlock but not Star Trek. At all. And maybe that is the point of the marketing team? It has always been an issue that casual movie goers are “ turned-off “ because Star Trek is too nerdy/geeky whatever. Nice move, if you ask me.

  • Podwan

    Hang on, I thought the fleet was wiped out by Nero? Anyway maybe they are returning from 3 years star treking or something. Posrer looks great. I’ve got big expectations for number two after the standard was set with number one. Oh and take your time with the cgi JJ. Get it right boys !!

    • Ryan

      Nero didn’t destroy the entire fleet. Just the ships they sent to Vulcan. In the first movie the Enterprise was on it’s way to back to Earth to join up with the rest of the fleet until Kirk took command and destroyed Nero. However, they do not mention that after Neros arrival to Earth if he destroyed the fleet then. From how quickly the Enterprise left after the ceremony at the end, I’m guessing Nero didn’t destroy any ships.

      Fuck I feel like a gigantic nerd.

      • Shivan

        I believe they mention early on, that most of the fleet was somewhere else. But due to the distress signal from Vulcan, they rounded up whoever was left. And that meant the Academy.

        You are correct to question, if whether or not Nero destroyed the fleet when it assaulted Earth. As Nero did bypass Earth’s defenses with Pike’s security codes.

  • axis

    Transformers: The Dark Of The Moon
    Thor: The Dark World
    Star Trek: Into Darkness

    WTF is going on hollywood, since TDK trilogy all movie NEED introduce DARK …
    come on, be more creative.

    I dont now, maybe next avatar will be AVATAR: ON DARK WATERS, or
    007: DARKFALL
    TRON 3: DARK
    RESIDENT EVIL 10[ that shit never end]: DARK RETRIBUTION


    • pastaman

      Great :D

    • Strong Enough

      you really took the time out of your life to type that? smh

    • bobice

      Agree 100% I’m so sick of everything having to do with “darkness”, with the exception of TDKR.

    • Nom

      Don’t forget the old school Dark titles to gas on about:

      The Dark Crystal
      Dark Water
      A Cry in the Dark
      Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
      Near Dark
      Dancer in the Dark
      Dark Angel
      The Dark Half
      Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
      A Shot in the Dark

      There is a high percentage of titles lately with Dark in them… and more to come next year. It’s a bit of an ugly word, if you think about it.

      I also have nothing better to do at 2:30AM than to post about a word. How sad.

  • Michael Horne

    Very clever poster. Yes, probably by the same team that did the DKR poster, but heigh ho. The Starfleet logo shape is excellent :-)

  • Spock Jenkins

    I like that the ‘STAR TREK’ is small, and the sub-headinding ‘INTO DARKNESS’ big. Differentiates it from the TNG movies, and the original Trek films, but is also a callback to ‘The Empire Strikes BAck’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ logos, which also sported the ‘Star Wars’ logo small, the emphasis being on the title of the latest chapeter.

    People saying it’s a rip-off of TDk’s poster obviously have a short memory of what movie posters look like.

  • Armabot

    Very sad this happens to Star Trek.

  • Shelly

    It has Benedict Cumberbatch… This poster is instantly more epic.

  • tosh

    nice to see the gerkhin and the london eye in the “future skyline”

    • Dejavu sense tingling

      Good spot – does this suggest that the poster is showing an attack on London? Is that where the “unstoppable force of terror” originates in the film? Does it also mean that Cumberbatch is playing a – shock – English villian? I mean we’re always the bloody baddies after all!

      It’s a striking poster but the whole Dark Knight wannabe vibe feels a bit desperate. I just hope this is closer in tone to the first film and, say, The Avengers than it is to The Dark Knight Rises, but the signs aren’t great.

  • Zero

    Dude, it looks exactly like the expendables 2 poster!

  • Darrin Ramroop

    am i the only one who thinks the guy in the poster is a badass

    • will

      It’s Benedict Cumberbatch. OF COURSE he’s a badass.

  • jason

    At least the film makers have put more effort (we hope) into the movie then the marketing department. We know they go through cycles anyway whether its the “all head shots” or extreme overuse of oranges and blues, where they get stuck on a poster concept and reuse it over and over again. Would have hoped for something a bit more original for Star Trek.

  • Ivan

    Hang on… is that the font from the Transformers’ posters?

  • Grimcicle

    I have such a boner right now.

  • Oliver

    London’s Gherkin building is clearly visible. Is this future London? The London Eye can also be made out by the riverside on the far left of the cityscape…

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  • Oskars

    Terminator Salvation ripoff.

  • Jamesy

    I had never been a big star trek fan previously as WRONGLY thinking they would be too “geeky” and that I wouldn’t enjoy them. After watching the newest ST movie it made me go and visit the previous movies and tv shows, and I now count myself as a Star Trek fan…that’s whats so great when a reboot is done right, it makes even the non fans go back and watch the movies. Just hope the sequel delivers as much as the first!

  • Mars

    Looks like the Expendables 2 poster, not the Batman poster.

  • Steve


    Someone said this is a sad thing for Star Trek. Actually it’s about damn time for Star Trek if you ask me.

  • will

    It looks badass. I particularly like the emphasis on “Into Darkness”. It reminds me of the emphasis on “Ghost Protocol” in the last MI movie.

  • diles3

    Although there are similarities, it seems presumptuous to assume that TDKR was the first film to feature mass destruction on its poster. Moreover, TDKR’s poster reflected the scale of the mayhem in the film. If we can take the synopsis seriously, then this poster seems to reflect “war zone” pretty well.

    • Pocketses

      it’s more an aesthetic comparison, the negative space in the poster being used to create the outline of the film/protagonist logo. In this case, a building being blown out and the Star Fleet emblem left in the wake, in Dark Knight’s case, the destroyed rooftops of Gotham leaving the Bat Symbol in it’s perimeter.

      I get why people would make the connection, however, this is a bit more effective for me, as it also gives a bit of context that we hadn’t seen in the Batman poster. One, it gives us our first official look at the villain (presumably Gary Mitchell), it gives us the idea of the location of destruction (London) and even could be used to give us a glimpse of the overall setting of the film. I’m starting to think that a larger portion of this film will be taking place on Earth than originally thought.

      Where as Batman was just a tonally cool poster. It didn’t show us anything we hadn’t seen before, didn’t show us anything thematically that wasn’t in every other batman film (Gotham under duress from a villain) and was just used a purely hype poster to a film we already knew everything about.

      The comparison’s are understandable, but a bit on the basic side.

  • Grayden

    Does that guy (Cumberbatch, presumably) have Vulcan ears?

  • Bob

    The poster looks awesome. Stop complaining people. I didn’t know Abrams was directing tbh. I thought a long time ago they said he wasn’t directing it just producing it? For example, on Rottentomatoes it says Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindolf are directing it, not Abrams…?

  • Bob

    Oh, and I’m not worried at all if Abrams is directing, I thought he wasn’t before so I was a little worried…but now I can’t wait for it. The first Star Trek by Abrams is one of my favorite movies.

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  • Django9000

    What I love about this is, the title comes across more like the title of an old Episode, than the increasingly convoluted sequel names of the 80′s & 90′s etc.

    “Into Darkness” could just as well be “City on the Edge of Forever”, if you catch my drift…

    Also – I was slightly worried that taking things into Space would eliminate one of the finest accomplishments of Abrams 1st Trek film: GROUNDING THE MYTHOS FROM AN EARTH-BASED PERSPECTIVE.

    I’m happy to see the London of the future … also will be ecstatic to see Cumbersnatch try to destroy it ~ =)


  • Tone

    Love the idea of a Gary Mitchell wreaking havoc, but what ever happened to the whole exploration aspect of the ToS? Seems most of the movies, past and present, have to do with a revenge plot line or similar. Just saying.

  • Doug

    Because nothing says “Star Trek” like… whatever that poster is.

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  • ElleFanning

    It is SOOOOOOOOOO a take off of Batman 3′s poster…I mean it is the same exact idea…is it an homage or something?? to a movie only a year old when this one comes out? hahah Clearly derived of that poster though.

    I hope this movie shows a more emotional side to Kirk as in the first movie it seemed to be more like Chris Pine playing Chris Pine. I hope we get deeper into his character this time around. I would even like some more candid moments….and no i don;t want him to do Shatner impressions….just would like to see more into his souls so to speak.

  • ElleFanning

    I hope we get to see a more candid side to Kirk this time and not just what seemed to be Chris pine playing Chris Pine……I don;t want a shatner impression just some more candid moments….i would like to see into his soul more so to speak.

    This poster IS cleary derived of Batman 3 also …..I mean maybe it is an homage but ….only a year after that flick hahah

  • Nom

    Embiggen is such a cromulent word.

  • Trekkie

    This, like the first movie, will be a fine scifi movie, but it won’t be Star Trek. For some reason he wants to go with this dark, gritty, “realistic” vision of the Star Trek and that alone misses the entire point. Roddenberry wanted to provide hope with his vision of the future. He wanted to make people feel better about the future by showing a universe that was free of discrimination, free of darkness, and full of endless possibilities. Where disease had been eradicated and money was no longer the driving force in peoples lives. Abrams attempt at a “realistic” take crapped on all of that. As I said, it was a fine movie in it’s own right and I’m sure #2 will be also, but they aren’t Star Trek.

    • Grayden

      Since when hasn’t Star Trek been “dark, gritty, realistic”? Horrible things happen to people in the Star Trek universe. How many times was Earth threatened? How many “red shirts” were sacrificed? How many planets and races were destroyed? All over the course of 30+ years! Just because Abrams shoots it in a way that makes it “look” more realistic doesn’t mean it’s darker and grittier than the preceding 30 years. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was pretty bleak given that a tiny ship was going up against a massive spacial anomaly that could vaporize an entire ship with one shot, AND it was headed for Earth. The sterility of space coupled with what was basically a suicide mission made that movie pretty dark. Gritty and realistic weren’t achievable 30 years ago, and barely 15 years ago. Gritty and realistic makes it feel as if this future of ours is possible. I don’t think Roddenberry wanted to provide hope with his vision of the future, but it was his hope that our future would be something like what he showed us. Yeah, Humans get over their wars and material greed and find a greater purpose, but there was a lot of crap we had to get through to get there. That’s the reality of Roddenberry’s universe: Mankind for all it’s flaws, still strives, collectively, to become better and more that we once were.

  • Reynel Martinez

    The villain is going to be Lord Garth. notice how they say ‘epic chess game.”

    Garth was a legendary Fleet Captain before going insane, his exploits were required reading at the Academy.

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