It's been so quiet around here that I sort of gave up dropping by and then I saw Radardog was back and I thought I throw in a few cents of my own - not that things are anything like as lively as they were three years ago - or during the four years from the cancellation of Enterprise and the release of Star Trek 2009, and that I find odd and vaguely disheartening. It seems as though the summer blockbuster market has matured and left the franchise behind once again.
I've been amazed that Bad Robot seems to have dropped the ball on this one and didn't capitalise of the relative success of the last film - there should have been a sequel out this summer at the very latest but it seems the producers got hung-up or overcommitted in producing other projects. Progress on a sequel seems to have faltered in its early stages. It's inproduction now and that's great, but I wonder if the new-won fans from the last film won't have moved on and forgotten about the movie they liked three years ago, and in the meantime the really big superhero franchises have taken off in an even bigger way than before.
As for Khan: my first response when I heard the rumours was definitely "meh" and some frustration that the creation of the alternative "Abramsverse" might simply default into lazy remake territory and lame reinvention of something that work very well the first time around. I am somewhat mollified by the casting of Cumberbatch because he is a huge property right now with high value stock he'll want to protect, therefore the script has to be - just has to be - something that has convinced him he needs to be a part of this project. He has successfully made over Sherlock Holmes in his own image that pleases even diehard Sherlock fans like me because his performance seems to understand that it is the essence of an iconic character that must survive, and pulling that off means that even the most iconic characters can be moved into other timescales and adventures. In some respects, screenwriters are getting very good at this and there is no reason why Khan can't be rebooted in the new timeline - as long as the new adventure is worthwhile and that central tension between Kirk and Khan is kept in place.
I think that Kirok is correct, there is room within a franchise for two actors to interpret an iconic character in very different ways, and the example of the Riddler is a good one in this context. Bond has been made over a few times but has always remained essentially Bond. I think this type of reinterpretation works well with edgy characters or villains.
As of my last posting, I've watched the entirety of the BBC's Sherlock series and I will have to say that if there's someone out there who I feel COULD play Khan, Cumberbatch is probably near the top of my list. I remember back when we had our discussion about casting Uhura as a true African woman, and I can see your point of view, but still feel that it wasn't a misstep as an African woman still played Uhura... just maybe not as representative as it could have been. I do think your point is valid though.
I do regret that an Indian wasn't even considered, however. Khan southeast Asian leanings, in my opinion, deserve at least a physical representation if nothing else, but hey, Brent Spiner isn't Indian either and Dr. Noonien Soongh sure sounds like a Southeast Asian name. Whatever. I'm willing to go along with the idea that Khan doesn't have to be a specific race. And Benedict Cumberbatch could pretty much act out the phonebook right now and I'd be riveted to my chair, so if he is Khan, my disappointment will be kept at a minimum and I will embrace his interpretation.
I do maintain my argument that Abrams should be at least trying to bring something new to the table. Something more than an angry Romulan from the future and endangered Vulcans, anyway.
And I still have a strong dislike of Orci and Kurtzman.
Good to hear from you, Jules and Edwards. Been a while.