Chris Pine talks Star Trek 2: "We're Not Making Batman"

Star Trek came after Batman Begins' straight-faced retake of a pop-culture phenomenon made realism and grit the go-to tone for big screen reboots… and chose to follow its own path.

Whereas Christopher Nolan's Wayne skulked in the shadows, J.J. Abrams' Kirk lived in a world so bright it caused near-constant lens-flare. And where Batman's fists got bruised and bloodied from multiple body-blows, Jim's fists swelled to ten times their usual size, for the purposes of a quick belly-laugh.

So when we sat down with Chris Pine to discuss Star Trek 2 for our sci-fi issue, it shouldn't have surprised us to hear the sequel wouldn't be adhering to the usual Part 2 pitch of "like the original, but darker."

"We're not making Batman. That's not our deal," Pine told us.

"There's comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there's some serious issues being dealt with. And I'd say the threat is even greater in this one."

"The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It's relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you'd never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It's a really big story -- I can't hype it enough!"

Sounds good to us.

Star Trek 2 will be released on 17 May 2013. We're going to start queuing now.


REMEMBER THIS MOVIE?  Anyway YAY at them keeping the comedic shenanigans that the post-TNG movies utterly forgot.  TOS was goofy as fuck and people seem to forget that. 

Little nervous about the "character development going places you'd never expect," though.  They had better not kill off anyone, esp. my beautiful space swashbuckler.  I WON'T HAVE IT.  >:c