Benedict Cumberbatch Defends J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS 'Khan' Secrecy

Yesterday, Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams talked about why he tried so hard to keep the fact that 'John Harrison' was in fact 'Khan' a secret, and now Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken out in defence of the filmmaker's decision. Hit the jump to check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/3/2013
Unfortunately, some people were determined to spoil the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's 'John Harrison' before the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, robbing the big reveal in the movie of the impact it should have had. Yesterday, director J.J. Abrams (who is currently hard at work on Star Wars Episode VII pre-production) said that he actually regretted the decision in hindsight, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Sherlock star who played the villain has now spoken out in his defence. Check out the video interview below and sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!


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Sophisticated - 12/3/2013, 3:51 AM
Where is ole bender dick Cumpatch ?
charlie2094 - 12/3/2013, 3:53 AM
Not sure if they needed to keep it secret, the fans who knew Khan knew he was in it, and the name Khan means nothing to the general audience...loved the film, easily my favourite Trek...think they could've done with having a clearer villain in the trailers, should've had him as "Khan" from the beginning I think
charlie2094 - 12/3/2013, 4:01 AM
Whats so bad about Khan? He was better than the original Khan imo, he was powerful and brutal, killed hundreds of people, was a huge threat, very smart and manipulative, slightly sympathetic and played brilliantly by Cumberbatch, really probably my favourite villain of the year...never quite understood the hate for him amongst Trekkies
MrCBM56 - 12/3/2013, 4:11 AM
Everyone wants everything spoiled for them nowadays. I miss going to the movies completely lost of what might happen. I'm glad they kept this a secret. I can't say I was surprised but it was still a cool twist.
Kyos - 12/3/2013, 4:16 AM
Sorry, I love Cumberbatch, and liked him as the villain in this, but all in all this whole thing was just stupid. :(

STID villain would've either needed to be a new, interesting character in his own right, or -if they really wanted to make him Khan- actually needed to look anything like the character from the original timeline.
ManCalledSting - 12/3/2013, 4:26 AM
Into Darkness was great, and Cumberbstch as Khan was a great twist.
MrBatmor - 12/3/2013, 4:31 AM
@56 the worst spoiler was the im3 twist...some guy here spoiled it!!
SpideyNyC181 - 12/3/2013, 4:38 AM
Cumberbatch would be great as mr freeze
CaptainKronos - 12/3/2013, 4:53 AM
@batmor I remember that nutjob. He was going crazy on here for days. He was 'futurepast'. I bet that fool is still on here using another name. I see similarities between him and 'ageofmarvel'.
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/3/2013, 5:15 AM
[frick] spoilers!

Titanic sinks, Mandarin is an actor, Superman kills Zod, Snape kills Dumbledore, Romeo and Juliet die, Jesus dies.
peppy - 12/3/2013, 5:16 AM
[frick] IRON MAN 3 !!!!!
MightyZeus - 12/3/2013, 5:16 AM
I dont like Cumberpatch and i dont get what the fuss is about with this actor but for once i agree with him.

I'm glad J.J. Abrahams kept his character in secrecy. These days people want everything spoiled for them when it comes to tv shows and films.

Cumberpatch's portrayal of Khan was far better than the original.
JR - 12/3/2013, 5:18 AM
people should stop bashing this movie, this was a good summer flick, even better than all of the Marvel 2013 crap!
DoctorWeird - 12/3/2013, 5:19 AM
Villains are getting pretty poor in this day and age.

Bane, Mandarin and Khan for example are in these films in name only

Hey, The Three Amino's - BINO, MINO and KINO
MrEko - 12/3/2013, 5:39 AM
There was no [frick]ing impact to the reveal, infact there was no reason for secrecy at all. For folks like me who aren't into Star Trek (which is about 90% of the movie audience) John Harrison's big "reveal" was simply met with "who the [frick] is Khan and why should I care".

For all I now some creepy white dude half way through the film suddenly decided to change his name. *shrug*
ALmazing - 12/3/2013, 5:48 AM
Worse twist since TDKR's Tate being Talia twist... Everybody saw it coming.
MercwithMouth - 12/3/2013, 6:16 AM
As someone that Never watched Star Trek, couldn't stand Kirk, Picard, an whoever else was on the TV shows and terrible movies...

A friend of mine made me watch the reboo when it came out, and I loved it. Looking back and noticing the "Thor" cameo at the beginning, lol. It was exciting, wel acted, and pure fun. Exactly what a Sci-Fi movie should be.

Star Trek into Darkness was easily my favorite non-CBM this year, and ranks above IM3 and Thor 2 in enjoyability (although I loved both of them). And me being a serious Star Trek hater, I still knew who Khan was, the character was a legend in Star Trek lore, and known outside of Trekkieland because of the actor that portrayed him.

Cumberbatch, in my opinion, was by far the best villain of 2013, and is quickly becoming a fancast favorite for ALL CBM's. He was incredible in STID, terrifying, ruthless, brilliant... Literally gave me chills more than once. A superb piece of thespianism. I wish we had more villains like him in CBM's, would be a whole lot better than Whiplash and Red Hugo.
maninfinesuit - 12/3/2013, 6:17 AM
I don't have a problem with Cumberbatch's character. Not sure why they named him 'Khan,' though. I'm not an old school Trekkie or anything, but the two aren't very similar at all, even beyond the race.
MercwithMouth - 12/3/2013, 6:21 AM
@ Trudy

I love ya brother, you got the Marvel love in ya, but The Dark Knight will likely be the most talked about CBM ever, no one in Iron Man 3 gave the greatest performance ever captured on screen.

Absolutely loved Iron Man 3 though.
superbigguy32 - 12/3/2013, 6:31 AM
He should play Brainiac in the Man of Steel movie. If they should ever use the villain in the movie.
JamesMan - 12/3/2013, 6:36 AM
Being a person who has only watched the Star Trek films, I can easily say Into Darkness is so far the best. Star Trek The Motion Picture was pointless and a bore, Star Trek II was great fun, Star Trek III was... decent. IV-VI can go burn for all I care. TNG films were all crap. The reboot was great, and Into Darkness left the biggest impact on me. Striking visuals, interesting takes on past characters, and having Khan be as much of a threat as he was in Star Trek II.
JamesMan - 12/3/2013, 6:37 AM
@superbigguy32

Agreed, I think he would be fantastic. I would vouch for either Cumberbatch or Bryan Cranston for Brainiac.
RetroFit - 12/3/2013, 7:13 AM
Didn't Ror just post this nearly exact same article? Is there ANY editorial control at this website?
RetroFit - 12/3/2013, 7:24 AM
Wait...what? He was Khan??! I haven't seen the movie yet. Thanks for ruining it without a spoiler alert, dickbag!
V8ER - 12/3/2013, 8:21 AM
@TheDarkPhoenix Bruce Willis was a ghost, They were on Earth the whole time, Darth Vader is Luke's father, Soylent Green is made of people!
fettastic - 12/3/2013, 8:23 AM
They hid the truth because if it got out that they had recast Ricardo Mantalban as a pasty Brit, that shadow would have hung over the whole production. So they just flat-out [frick]ing lied to us, over and over again.
pointman - 12/3/2013, 8:33 AM
Was this even a surprise? Forgettable movie with a forgettable villain. JJ's movies have great cinematography sans the lens flares and I'm glad that he is bringing back a light hearted vibe to things, but neither film left a lasting impression on me.
In his defense, I did like the beefing up of star fleet and star wars-ing of certain elements, but done too much you loose what made trek, trek.
Newbus - 12/3/2013, 8:53 AM
At least they tried to make Ricardo Montalban look Asian. They didn't even bother with Cumberbatch.

Im not sold on the new Trek movies so far. They need to step their game for the next movie.
CaptainKronos - 12/3/2013, 12:37 PM
We need a new name for a 'Twist' that doesn't work.
1. Twerk
2. A Shit
3. Twhat?
4. Twail.
5. Twump.

Marvel and Abrams create these nowhere stories that lack relevance but they try to throw in a Scooby-Doo reveal to make it look like something actually went down when in fact it did not.
Just like the Kirk death and return thanks to Khan's Jesus factor blood added absolutely nothing to the story. It was as much a gimmick and desperate stunt as any Death and Return in comics.

Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan was a real film from start to finish.
Into Darkness was amateur city. Most people admit that now but when it hit, like any NEW movie, it had its loyal and blind faithful.
damntree - 12/3/2013, 6:25 PM
"Iron Man 3 will go down as the most talked about CBM of All Time."


Maybe by rabid fanboys on this site. In the world outside of basements nobody gives a shit about the mandarin.
ELgUaSoN - 12/4/2013, 11:55 AM

XD I remember nolanites trying to spoil IM3 for everyone, but it back fired on their dumbasses. lol All their efforts only created more interest. The numbers don't lie. Black straight up bitchslapped nolan's generic henchman crap... and yes Iron Man 3 will remain the most talked about CBM of all time.


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