Now that the truth is out there of who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing in Star Trek Into Darkness, it’s time to look back and collect all the lies that Abrams and crew perpetrated over the last year.
Lets start with the director. In December of 2011 they were attempting to cast Benicio Del Toro in the role of the villain. Naturally that immediately made everyone think the villain was Khan. HitFix asked Abrams if that were true:
Abrams responded with two very direct words: “Not true.”
Next up is Simon Pegg. In a May 2012 interview with the Telegraph, Pegg adamantly swore that Cumberbatch is not playing Khan:
â€œItâ€™s not Khan,â€ replies Pegg, annoyed. â€œThatâ€™s a myth. Everyoneâ€™s saying it is, but itâ€™s not.â€
What about Khan himself? In December of 2012 Benedict Cumberbatch was interviewed by Access Hollywood and said this:
â€œI play a character called John and not that other name,â€ Benedict continued. â€œItâ€™s interesting. Speculation is speculation and thatâ€™s all fun.â€
The denials even came more recently, such as when Alice Eve was asked on the BAFTA red carpet in February 2013:
Succinctly, she said “He’s not playing Khan.“
People have claimed in the past that Damon Lindelof flat out denied Khan, but I wasn’t able to locate the specific quote. He seemed to be always cloudy about it, never outright denying or lying about anything.
Many have compared this to the Talia al’Gul lie in The Dark Knight Rises, but this one is bigger. In The Dark Knight Rises, everyone knew Bane was the primary villain, Talia was a twist in the movie where a major character betrays Batman at the very end; so in a way that needed to be preserved.
Star Trek is completely different. Khan is the main villain of the movie. This is like lying about The Joker being the villain in The Dark Knight or Zod being the villain in Man of Steel. There’s no reason to hide Khan’s identity like this unless Abrams was afraid that putting Khan in the movie would scar away TOS purists who don’t want to see Wrath of Khan tarnished by a bad movie written by the writers of Transformers and Prometheus.