Star Trek Into Darkness: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ready to boldly go where no man has gone before with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness? The Daily Zombies takes a Final Look at the marketing campaign of the film as we brace ourselves for J. J. Abrams' follow-up to his successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise. 


Here at The Daily Zombies, we are obviously die-hard afficionados of pop culture and among the multiple aspects of pop culture that we covered here, films in particular are one of my favorite subjects. And when sci-fi film franchises are concerned, there are undeniably two big names in the market: Star Wars and Star Trek. Just so you know how important a figure J. J. Abrams is now with his involvement as the director of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, and the mind behind the wildly successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise, of which the sequel to his 2009 film of the same is simultaneously hitting the big screens everywhere in the world as we speak. And yes, we are talking about Star Trek Into Darkness.


Warning: Benedict Cumberbatch's awesome threats thanks to the motion poster for the film.

From our earlier coverage on the film, it goes without saying that the film is right among the top of our most anticipated films of the year. With hype over the sequel reaching fever pitch with the awesome first trailer, there is no doubt that no matter how the film eventually turns out, it will certainly be one of the talked-about films of the year. Despite us being just mere casual fans who enjoyed immensely at the first film, we have high hopes for this one with writers Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman expressing their interest in taking the film into darker territories now that we are done with the introduction of the new and improved alternate reality.

Down to it all, there is truly one question on everybody's mind: Is John Harrison, the antagonist role played by the impeccable Benedict Cumberbatch actually Khan (AKA Khan Noonien Singh, the most notorious villain in the long colorful history of the entire Star Trek franchise made famous in what has came to be considered by all as the best Star Trek film of all, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)? In an interview with Trek Movie, Abram weighed in:



“So this movie doesn’t require you have seen the first movie.  The characters are a group of people who have recently come together and find themselves up against this incredibly terrifying force.  His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an average—that is what makes him so scary—he is just an average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet, and he turns against the group because he has got this back-story and this kind of amazing secret agenda.  After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him.  And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. Into Darkness is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”

Bearing in mind how Marion Cotillard pulled a fast one over speculators for the true identity of her character Miranda Tate in last year's The Dark Knight Rises, it is only right for us to ignore Abrams' statement for now.


Courtesy of the aggressive nature of the marketing campaign, new information on the real identity of John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) are unveiled via redacted StarFleet memorandum. Note: This is highly spoiler-rish.






And without further, here's a rundown of the marketing campaign for the film with the excellently-cut series of trailers first.

The final trailer.


The international trailer.


The "Big Game" TV spot of the film.



Teaser trailer.



Featurette clips of each characters.


Star Trek Into Darkness - James T. Kirk 



Star Trek Into Darkness - Bones


Star Trek Into Darkness - Scotty


Star Trek Into Darkness - Carol



Star Trek Into Darkness - Sulu
 



The awesome collector's edition cover of Empire.





Without the title designs.




And here are the other covers.










The Entertainment Weekly covers courtesy of TrekMovie.





And here are the posters released for the film.

The first poster that we excitedly reported back in December last year.


In a slightly awkward but welcome effort of promotion, the second poster was uncovered (and eventually unveiled) thanks to a hidden URL in a screenshot featuring a scantily clad Alice Eve (as Dr. Carol Marcus).


And here's the poster we got thanks to Alice Eve.


The fourth poster depicting the literal descent into darkness of USS Enterprise.


The first character posters set.


















The second character posters set.














Hinting of the great space-faring dog-fights we came to expect from the franchise, USS Enterprise takes on the gigantic USS Vengeance in the final poster.




Commissioned by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot, artist Mark Englert rolled out a cool rendition of the poster with a telling title.





  • No Ship Should Go Down Without Her Captain by Mark Englert
  • 12x36” IMAX FANFIX lithograph


  • No Ship Should Go Down Without Her Captain (Variant) by Mark Englert
  • 12x36” IMAX FANFIX lithograph

Official set images from the film.





















































































Here’s the official synopsis for the film:  

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. 

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. 

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Directed by J. J. Abrams and written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci, Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek Into Darkness is currently scheduled to open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 17, 2013.


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