Benedict Cumberbatch Defends Khan Reveal in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS; Says It Was Thrilling for Audiences

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Yesterday, we reported that J.J. Abrams regretted putting so much emphasis on the Khan reveal in Star Trek Into Darkness and should have been upfront with the character in the first place.  He then put the blame on Paramount for pushing the Khan mystery because the studio didn’t want to alienate audiences who weren’t Trek fans.  In a recent interview, Benedict Cumberbatch said he believed the reveal worked, or at least it did when he saw it with an audience.  “That worked to an extent,” said Cumberbatch, adding, “for those people [who didn't know], it was a good thing.”  He has a point.  Sometimes we—both Internet bloggers and commenters—forget about the Internet bubble and that not everyone is clinging to every piece of news about an upcoming movie.  I still have a myriad of problems with the film, but I applaud Cumberbatch for continuing to support the decision.

Hit the jump to watch the video of Cumberbatch’s full response.  He’ll next be heard as the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which opens on December 13th.

Via IGN.

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  • doctor_robot

    i wouldn’t say thrilling.

  • The Flobbit

    Uhhh…it wasn’t thrilling. Like, at all.

  • axalon

    Really? Because I swear I heard audible groans during the reveal…

    • The Flobbit

      The groans you heard was the cinema creaking under the tangible weight of Abrams’s ego, secrecy, and looming mystery box.

  • The Flobbit

    You see, Peter Jackson hiding Smaug until the film’s release will be thrilling. It’s not like he went off saying, “Oh no, this dragon will NOT appear in this movie. Cumberbatch plays a character called Grimwold.” “No, Smaug is not in the movie.”

    Keeping back and tantalizing are two very different things.

    • axalon

      Actually…this would have been a great way to do Khan. Tell everyone Khan is in it, have parts in the trailer where they talk about Khan, even have some of Khan’s dialogue as voiceover, but don’t allow anybody to see Khan on screen until the movie’s release.

      That would have generated a lot more interest I think.

      • huh

        but Khan isnt a mother f**cken dragon…

      • axalon

        So you’re only allowed to hide characters that are dragons?

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Fingers crossed they get Bill Shatner to direct the sequel in which he can play the older version of himself and replace Nimoy’s Spock. That way the everyone will be happy. The die hard Trekkies will see/realize just how crappy every other of the orignal Trek films were and the new Trekkies can sit back and laugh asking if they wish they still had Abrams w flared lens but at least a good movie that people enjoy. It’s a win/win really. I even say bring back the killer cloud from the 1st film to secure the film’s spot in the Oscar race for best supporting actor.

    • anmek

      Star Trek 1-10 are good, jj abrams crap fest remakes are abysmal. Get over it dipshit.

      His star wars will be abysmal too.

      JJ is a terrible director and writer and producer, he is a terrible egotistic juvenile shit head.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Great rebuttal. To the point and well thought out. Now have Scotty beam that shit in between your ears out so that you can have a logical thought about what is considered good film making.

  • Iron Man 3 Is a Mess

    How about the myriad of massive problems Iron Man 3 has that you overlooked?

    • Um, Sure

      It’s not cool yet to hate on Marvel. Give it time. It’s coming.

  • Piranhaconda

    One thing that’s being ignored in all of these discussions with the people behind the movie is that Khan is not nearly as iconic as people make him out to be. The name and key scene are pretty widely known, but a huge amount of people have zero actual relationship with the character himself. Boiling it down, how many people do you actually think had no idea Khan was coming, AND had Khan be a meaningful addition once the cat was out of the bag? I think they’re going after a pretty slim demographic.

    • MEY

      In other words, let’s write some unimportant articles about STID because they can generate hundreds of unimportant comments – including mine.

  • Piranhaconda

    One thing that’s being ignored in all of these discussions with the people behind the movie is that Khan is not nearly as iconic as people make him out to be. The name and key scene are pretty widely known, but a huge amount of people have zero actual relationship with the character himself. Boiling it down, how many people do you actually think had no idea Khan was coming, AND had Khan be a meaningful addition once the cat was out of the bag? I think they’re going after a pretty slim demographic.

  • Daniel Mitchell

    And this is the man Disney gave Star wars to?

  • Daniel Mitchell

    And this is the man Disney gave Star wars to?

  • Kelloway

    I think the reveal totally worked. What I didn’t like was the reversal of Kirk dying and Spock yelling Khan!!!!!!! While I think what JJ Abrams did with the alternate reality reboot is amazing, not EVERYTHING needs to be opposite. This isn’t opposite land. It is just an alternate continuum. Somethings in this continuity could be the same. As long as all the changes make narrative sense. That particular plot point did not. As in the original, Spock logically determines that only he can go into the reactor due to Vulcan’s natural resistance and physical fortitude. That conclusion would not change in ANY universe. Nor would Spock’s determination to use tactics to ensure he was the one who entered the reactor chamber. Insistence on writing just opposite story lines diminished the meaning of the end for me and the intensity of Kahn and Kirk’s legendary rivalry. Something I don’t think Spock as a character can duplicate.

  • Kelloway

    I think the reveal totally worked. What I didn’t like was the reversal of Kirk dying and Spock yelling Khan!!!!!!! While I think what JJ Abrams did with the alternate reality reboot is amazing, not EVERYTHING needs to be opposite. This isn’t opposite land. It is just an alternate continuum. Somethings in this continuity could be the same. As long as all the changes make narrative sense. That particular plot point did not. As in the original, Spock logically determines that only he can go into the reactor due to Vulcan’s natural resistance and physical fortitude. That conclusion would not change in ANY universe. Nor would Spock’s determination to use tactics to ensure he was the one who entered the reactor chamber. Insistence on writing just opposite story lines diminished the meaning of the end for me and the intensity of Kahn and Kirk’s legendary rivalry. Something I don’t think Spock as a character can duplicate.

  • bretthickman

    I wish they would have had the character be something else entirely. It was a great character and didn’t need the baggage of Khan. That said, I loved the film (more than the first one of the new iteration) and loved Cumberbatch in it.

  • http://www.scifihistory.net/ E. Lee Zimmerman

    Yeah. This is why actors shouldn’t speak off-script.

  • cruzzercruz

    He clearly hasn’t seen the film with a general audience. The crowd I was with responded with laughter, groans, and utter confusion. Lots of “Tell me who that is” or “Oh god, seriously?”

    I kept it classy with a sigh and facepalm.

  • Fraize

    Yeah, Benny, ’cause you were all up in my head when I was thinking “Aw, shit, no…” I really meant “YES THIS IS WHAT I SECRETLY HOPED FOR!”

  • cloud720

    I think it was a good idea but hard to complete successfully. Anyone who is a star trek fan is more than likely to be on the internet. So they all heard it was Kahn months in advance. And if you didn’t use the internet to read about star trek movies, chances are you also don’t care who khan is.

    they should have used more misdirection and less secrecy. If the trailers focused on the character more and made a point to give him a name that wasn’t Kahn, then maybe it would have been more of a surprise during the big reveal.

    • Postman257

      but they did give him a name that wasn’t Kahn that no one remembers

      • cloud720

        yea, they should have made it a point to say that name like three times in the trailer.

      • mbmarquis69

        That would have only made Beetlejuice appear.

      • Postman257

        the thing that is worst is if you did watch space seed and wrath of kahn you knew he was kahn maybe thay could have waited till the very end to say it was kahn

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