Yet another franchise seems to be aiming squarely for Dark Knight territory. That’s the message we get from this new one-minute teaser trailer for the new Star Trek movie, which lives up to its title Star Trek Into Darkness.
So who’s the man calling down all this darkness? No, it’s not Christopher Nolan, though you’ll hear more than enough braAHHMs to suggest as much. (It feels tedious to even point those out anymore. That trick’s more than two years old!) Instead, it’s the mysterious villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Slate’s favorite otter-resembling Briton and the star of Sherlock.
Cumberbatch is also voicing Smaug, the Big Bad of the new Hobbit movies, and here he seems more than up to the task of playing a fearsome villain. Just exactly who is that villain? It’s not 100 percent clear, though (spoiler alert) the Japanese trailer, in an extra scene, strongly evokes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Perhaps Cumberbatch will reprise that movie’s titular villain.
The darkness seems to befit the Star Trek universe just fine, and I trust director J.J. Abrams’ hand after the bang-up job he did with the first one. But I hope he doesn’t forget the original’s sense of fun, or that its greatest sallies fired were the verbal ones between Mister Spock and Captain James Tiberius Kirk.
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race
How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney
Or at least trade it for something.
- Texas Lab Worker on Cruise Tests Negative for Ebola as Dallas Hospital Apologizes
- Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up College Pumpkin Festival Turned Violent
- Racist Rancher Cliven Bundy Challenges Eric Holder in Bizarre Campaign Ad
- Supreme Court Allows Texas Law That Accepts Handgun Permits but not College IDs to Vote
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.