One thing Star Trek fans will remember from this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness was all the lying the cast and crew went through to try to convince people that John Harrison was not Khan. We compiled all of their comments right here to point out how far they would go to say he wasn’t Khan, but now it seems like Abrams regrets some of that…
In an interview with MTV, Abrams explains that it may have been better to just admit he was Khan in the first place:
“The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront ‘This is who it is.’ It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that’s what the thing was,” he said.
The idea to keep Khan on the D.L. apparently came from the studio, which, according to Abrams, didn’t want to give the impression that a comprehensive knowledge of “Star Trek” cannon was required in order to enjoy the latest installment.
“The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you’ve really got to know what ‘Star Trek’ is about to see this movie,” he said. “That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it.”
You can watch a video of that interview right here: