Lens flare apologist J.J. Abrams is cleaning out his closet. In addition to his earlier admission, the Star Trek Into Darkness director is now admitting he maybe kinda sorta might have mishandled the reveal of Khan‘s identity just a little, teeny bit.
If you’ll remember back to the casting stage, Abrams and his team stated many, many times that Benedict Cumberbatch was not playing Khan. Then when the film premiered, it was revealed that he was indeed playing Khan. They even went out of their way to augment promo clips as to not spoil the big reveal that everyone saw coming. Well, Abrams is sorry for his role in this duplicity.
“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. … 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. 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.”
Thank you for your words, J.J.. They help the healing begin. Now while we have you, what was up with that magic teleportation box on LOST? Those wounds still ache. (MTV)