Benedict Cumberbatch is likely to be a fantastic villain in ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’, but he has opened up about his fears of comparisons between his villain and the iconic villains in the Avengers, Dark Knight, and Skyfall.
In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Cumberbatch speaks of the comparisons, saying, “Yep, all three of those films, and I’m quite worried about it – though they are great films, with great villains – but so what if they do? Not all of those bad guys had Enterprise costumes on, and that’s what matters. But it’s very exciting, that scene, that was a great sequence to film.
Cumberbatch also opens up about appealing to a broad fan base while not alienating the core Trek audience, saying, “If you have an over preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad. We’ve got J.J. Abrams, and he’s already beautifully cracked that nut in the first film, and I think it pleased a lot of the varying camps: people who were coming to the franchise for the first time, the J.J. Abrams fans and the Star Trek fans, so that was a big comfort to me. It’s always a compact between me and the writers and the directors – the people who are hiring me to do the job – and if I’m making them happy, I can trust that it’ll make fans happy as well…”
Star Trek: Into Darkness releases May 17th, 2013.