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Harrison Character Poster + Pine & Quinto Talk ‘Cruel’ Challenges Of Star Trek Into Darkness April 15, 2013

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The third character poster has been revealed officially today and it is of Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison. We also have a look at tomorrow’s poster of Kirk. Plus Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto talk about the ‘cruel’ challenges in Star Trek Into Darkness. All that plus a new pic too below.   


New Harrison Star Trek Into Darkness Character Poster

Today Apple revealed the third (of four) Star Trek Into Darkness character posters – featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison. Check it out.

Harrison domestic character poster for Star Trek Into Darkness (click to enlarge)

The Harrison poster is the third of four domestic theater character posters for Star Trek Into Darkness. The Uhura poster we released by Apple on Saturday, the Spock Poster on Sunday. These followed the final domestic one-sheet which was released on Friday. 

One-sheet, Uhura and Spock character posters released on Friday and Saturday – two more character posters to come

The final poster in the series (featuring Kirk) will be released in hi-res by Apple tomorrow, however Paramount was showing it off at the Cinemacon trade show which kicked off today.

(Photo: Michael Armendariz)

Paramount was also showing off a theater "standee" that comprised the four character posters together.

(Photo: Michael Armendariz)

Pine and Quinto talk about ‘cruel’ test in Into Darkness

On the subject of Chris Pine, he is quoted in the new Summer Movie issue of Entertainment Weekly, talking about the challenges the crew face in Star Trek Into Darkness, saying:

Pine: The are tested, and the test are cruel ones. The first film was the story of [Kirk] getting the captain’s seat–this one is the story of him earning it.

Zachary Quinto is also quoted, responding to how the crew face these new challenges, saying:

Quinto: Friendship is the key. They grow closer as things get worse.

The new EW also has a new image of Kirk and Bones (Karl Urban) running through the Nibiru jungle (See a scan from the magazine below).

Chris Pine (Kirk) and Karl Urban (McCoy) in "Star Trek Into Darkness"


1. ejdubya - April 15, 2013

This is the first time I’m truly excited to see the new movie!

2. Admiral Waugh - April 15, 2013

Spock poster is the best.

3. Andrew - April 15, 2013

I like the strong use of color in these. There’s a sort of rhythm to them. Red, Blue, Red, Blue. Interesting.

4. Arnold - April 15, 2013

It’s “Harrison” domestic character poster for Star Trek Into Darkness :)

5. edshrinker - April 15, 2013

Why does everyone need a scar on their left cheek? ;)

I like this one. Bendersnatch looks like quite the menace. NOT a phantom menace, though.

6. section9 - April 15, 2013

What I’m interested in is if they keep Cumberbatch around as the franchise’s Vader.

7. Tanner "The Dude" Waterbury - April 15, 2013

Wheres a poster with the new ship? I WANT A DAMNED CLOSEUP OF THAT NEW SHIP!!!

8. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 15, 2013

All these poster’s are Awesome!!!!.
Come on May 1th.

9. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - April 15, 2013

Oops. I meant May 15th. Lol.
I wish it was May 1st.

10. Legend of Link - April 15, 2013

I want that one that “standee” of all four, dammit. Hmm…Amazon?

11. Exverlobter - April 15, 2013

Horrible quality.

12. edshrinker - April 15, 2013

Great comment section9.

I wonder the same. He is a “big deal” now and wonder if he would even do another Trek. But he would be fantastic as a villain turned ally that plays a role with the crew battling an even bigger threat (Khan?) in ST2016. A problem maybe HE created that he sees to redeem himself from.

I am 90% sure that shot of hands on glass is Spock giving Harrison a redemptive sign of respect and thanks for saving the crew and maybe earth by sacrificing himself. It would be an awesome twist considering all the lead up to this makes Harrison the “enigmatic villain”.

13. George - April 15, 2013

I wish my app would work correctly, I tried to scan to photos but it wouldn’t recognize them and now the app won’t even load up

14. Curious Cadet - April 15, 2013

Does this poster strike anyone that Harrison is whipping up a storm around him, using perhaps psycho-kinetic powers of some sort? That’s the impression I get.

15. Flake - April 15, 2013

12: Lets not forget Cumberbatches character is a murderer and should be treated as such regardless of what hes fighting for. If he is not dead or missing at the end of STID he should be in prison.

Vader looking all happy and jolly as a force ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi seems a bit strange considering the guy promoted mass murder beyond the likes of Hitler and Stalin put together !

16. Moputo Jones - April 15, 2013

#13: Try deleting the data for the ST app and then re-logging in. It worked for me a few days ago. Also, some of the Image Scan missions just don’t work. I tried the EW cover (Harrison & Kirk), Uhura disruptor and the ST 2009 disc missions on both my phone and tablet. They wouldn’t work on either.

17. ed - April 15, 2013


Khan is the phantom menace.

18. Jack - April 15, 2013

14.Yeah, I don’t see that.

15. “Vader looking all happy and jolly as a force ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi…”

Not to get into religion, but I remember being in Sunday school around then and this came up (the Sunday School teacher was a geek) as an example of forgiveness, and I didn’t get it. I mean, I understood what she was saying, but I was like “it’s still not cool to be happy, ever, after you’ve done all that crap.” That said, who can resist smiling with all those cuddly Ewoks dancing around you. Hitler would have totally smiled.

19. Curious Cadet - April 15, 2013

@18 Jack,

Fair enough. Looks like a scene out of X-Men with Magneto to me though …

20. NCC-73515 - April 15, 2013

He’s just trying to get JJA’s hairstyle!

21. edshrinker - April 15, 2013

#17 ed


22. Dee - lvs moon surface - April 15, 2013

My favorites posters, Spock and Uhura!

23. Exverlobter - April 15, 2013

Everything looks so blurred. Bad poster

24. captain_neill - April 15, 2013

My excitement is firing up, rewatching the last one help remind me that there is a lot of good stuff in Abrams film.

25. AyanEva - April 15, 2013

I like how there is so much motion in these. They’re dynamic images that are full of energy instead of just stationary shots. Pretty eye catching. I like the Spock and Kirk posters the best because the bright colors really stand out.

26. Elias Javalis - April 15, 2013


27. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013

Disappointed in Kirk’s poster, even though it looks cool. I was hoping it would be a shot of him in his Starfleet uniform, because *somebody* needs to be wearing one, right?

I guess these are all supposed to be “action sequence” posters, but a poster of Pine standing confident as Captain of the Enterprise would be nice, wouldn’t it?

I guess that’s something that bugs me about all the promos, is most of the shots of our heroes feature them in civilian clothes or those dress uniforms or whatever they are. I get the feeling there won’t be much of the gold, blue, and red in the movie. Hopefully I’m wrong. Probably I am, but still…

…guess it’s part of the Darkness Into which we are Star Trekking.

28. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013

Upon immediate review of his own post:

“Excuse me, but could you use the word ‘guess’ a few more times in your post?”

I guess so.

29. somethoughts - April 15, 2013

I like how Harrison is showing off his chest, great posters!

30. Nony - April 15, 2013

The colour schemes look nice together in a row like that. And I’m glad they look like stills of the action rather than being Photoshopped to hell until they don’t resemble anything vaguely lifelike anymore, like a lot of marketing seems to do nowadays.

Would still like individual posters with the other characters, too, though, especially Bones. I wonder if they’re going to bother with that. No hero images for the rest of the crew?

31. Daniel Broadway - April 15, 2013

Just sayin’.


32. Reign1701A - April 15, 2013

I love the Kirk poster. The pose is just so…Kirk, with the communicator and all. These blow the 2009 headshot posters out of the water.

33. Anthony Pascale - April 15, 2013

Do people think it is a bad thing for Star Trek posters to resemble other successful tentpole movie posters. That is kindof the point.

34. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013


I agree. Though I’m a bit disappointed in his attire, the post is just right. That communicator pose has “Trek” written all over it.


I’m not really saying anything about it with regards to movie posters in general… I just think there should be at least one thing that stands out as Trek. The communicator is nice… I just felt it should be a nice gold-colored uniform.

I’m not that tore up about it though. I’m not here for the posters. I’m here for the movie! Come on May 17!

35. Helmi - April 15, 2013

@31: lol – Creating film posters is quite an easy ‘copy & paste’ job, right?

36. Trek in a Cafe - April 15, 2013

Kirk is holding a OS communicator. What’s better than that?

37. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013


…or a cell phone. I mean, just because you can’t see the Samsung logo, doesn’t mean it’s not there.


38. Jack - April 15, 2013

Wow, y’all really hate the unfamiliar. We already know the movie will be full of the duty uniforms. Why would you put a familiar image that could be from the previous Trek movie on a poster? Look, a pretty shot of the Enterprise in space, just sitting. Look, it’s Kirk, Spock and McCoy smiling at the camera. it’s a movie — stuff happens. The posters tease at it and reel in people.

A couple’s standing in line and discover that Iron Man’s sold out, they look at the options and see STID… than they look at the poster of Kirk in his gold uniform smiling and she says, “meh, we saw that last time, years ago.”

I understand that it’s personal taste. But it just sounds like the function of a movie poster is being (purposely?) overlooked by some of us.

I think these are neat — and they’re all about motion (even the Uhura one). Can’t wait to see ’em in theaters. Any idea when they’re out?

And, yep — they fit the current style — but so did the floating head Trek posters of the 80s. Trek didn’t invent those.

39. Trek in a Cafe - April 15, 2013

These posters do show the difference between marketing old Trek and today. And that’s good. They’re certainly not cheesy.

The previous style of Trek was in competition with “great films” — mostly epics. For example, you would not see a Trek film in the style of “Kramer vs. Kramer.” But also, Trek was never in competition with “action” films. So, as a result, they were in competition with “Ghandi” not Rambo. Also, as exciting and great as science fiction was then, the science fiction audience was not considered legitimate unto itself. It still is that way.

But no one makes epics anymore. Even films like Argo, Lincoln, and Django – which are all Hollywood are marketed for their indie sensibility. While they are good films, they certainly harken to the audience as throwbacks. And even pure action films are throwbacks (any late Stallone film), or filled with lots of practical and special effects (FaF).

What are the “great” films of this era? One could stake a claim that the only exciting films of this current time period are the superhero films, and other films that really use film technology to create excitement. Like Pirates and the new Lone Ranger.

These new Trek posters eschew that, building characters as branding, and hopefully with some great audience results.

Face it, what new or old “Characters” do you see on movie posters these days? Few.

40. Bob Tompkins - April 15, 2013

Should have been a McCoy poster. The triad of the original series is officially dead.

41. vantheman77 - April 15, 2013

Yeah, it’s pretty clear that they’re correcting the first movie in terms of how Kirk became the Enterprise Captain. Also in this alternate universe, Kirk, Spock, and Uhura are likely the new triangle instead of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy from the Prime Universe.

42. KirksLove - April 15, 2013

Have you seen the tweets with the gigantic STID screen in Berlin? With the old poster, Harrison’s back and London? Fantastic!

43. JohnRambo - April 15, 2013

40. Bob Tompkins

we have 2013 not 1966.

today’s people want to see hot girls on posters:-)

44. KirksLove - April 15, 2013

@40: They clearly took the most beautiful people from the movie for the posters.

45. Mad Mann - April 15, 2013

I really like the four character posters together. I totally am geeking out how Kirk is holding a communicator! That rocks!

I’m digging the character posters greatly.

46. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013


It’s not the unfamiliar we’re talking about. It’s the familiar. In “street clothes”, you can’t tell Uhura or Kirk from any other action movie character. Especially Uhura, but that’s beside the point (and yes, Kirk is wearing the robe from Nibiru. Work with me here.)

The idea here (at least the one I’m suggesting) is that Trek characters should look like Trek characters. Would it be fitting for an Iron Man 3 poster for it to be a dramatic shot of Tony Stark in t-shirt and jeans?

And for the record, I never said the posters were bad. In fact, Spock’s is pretty cool, even if it’s a “hot shot” (ha! I kill me).

It’s not “fear”, it’s disagreement.

47. MJ - April 15, 2013

Kind of lame. He looks like Frankenstein a bit. Couldn’t they have come up with a better shot of him for the poster than this?

So far, of the five posters, I love the Enterprise plummeting on, love the Spock one, and am not all that thrilled with the Uhura and Harrison ones.

48. MJ - April 15, 2013

….just noticed the Kirk one. Yea, I like that one! So three good one and two duds.

49. Star Sick: the Original Generation - April 15, 2013

Has anybody else noticed this? It just occurred to me that the EW pic of Bones and Kirk looks like a 3D shot, like the guys are “detached” from the background. Sort of. I’m not describing it very well. But still… looks like it’s supposed to represent 3D. To me, anyways.

50. K-7 - April 15, 2013

Is that a big scar on the left side of his face? Also, it looks like he has an afro hairstyle in this shot?

51. BatlethInTheGroin - April 15, 2013

I will never understand why Uhura is at the center of these films’ marketing and not McCoy. Yes, she’s cute, I know. But why is Bones being so marginalized?

52. BatlethInTheGroin - April 15, 2013

Especially when Urban actually looks, sounds and acts just like McCoy, unlike Saldana, who looks, sounds and acts nothing like Uhura?

53. Bucky - April 15, 2013

Take a good look at the Harrison one, I get the feeling the “homegrown domestic terrorist bombing” ad campaign isn’t exactly going to stick around for awhile…

54. KirksLove - April 15, 2013

@53: Nonsense.

55. Nony - April 15, 2013

There’s a sweet old-school Struzan-style/TMP mash-up STXI poster at paulshipper dot tumblr dot com (I think my comment will disappear if I put a link in it). It has the whole main gang plus Pike, Spock Prime, Keenser, and a menacing Rainbow Nero!

(I am not Paul Shipper, by the way – just thought it was cool. XD)

56. Aix - April 15, 2013

I love them best when the posters are together.

57. Brevard - April 15, 2013

So, the new trio in the JJ-verse is Spock, Uhura, and Kirk? We never see anything of McCoy. He should have a poster, NOT Uhura. Sorry, it’s always been Kirk, Spock, McCoy. This is really bothersome.

58. antovolk - April 15, 2013

For those compaining about the posters + trailers having ‘so little Trek’, here is my quick guide to the marketing campaign:


59. Jack - April 15, 2013

40. Bob Tompkins. “Should have been a McCoy poster. The triad of the original series is officially dead.”

They’re *posters* — how many TOS-era posters had McCoy?

60. Curious Cadet - April 15, 2013

@38. Jack,
“Why would you put a familiar image that could be from the previous Trek movie on a poster?”

I suppose it’s really disappointment that Star Trek doesn’t have the cache to do its own thing.

AP asked above whether the posters should not emulate other popular tent pole franchises. Ideally no. I don’t think the 2009 poster emulated anything else that was going on at the time. It struck me as totally unique. It was iconic Star Trek and suggested action adventure despite being a static photo.

But imagine if you will doing a superman poster without the stylized “S” or Superman in his trademark uniform. Imagine Clark Kent running. Says nothing about the franchise. You could mistake it for Men In Black.

These posters are great, but nothing about them says Star Trek. That’s all I’m saying. Perhaps ST09 was not a big enough success to stand on its own yet.

61. Trek in a Cafe - April 15, 2013

A new look might not be acceptable but it’s not sad or disappointing that the look or tone can change over time. That’s actually a strength of Trek. It needs no one author or style.

Think about how privileged we are to even know with certainty there will always be a new, serious and ambitious iteration of a fiction?

62. captain_neill - April 15, 2013

I miss the older posters

The last great poster was First Contact.

I like the heads and the Enterprise flying in the poster

63. Michael Hall - April 15, 2013

@ 58–

Fascinating, thanks.

64. Glaceau - ST Fan - April 15, 2013

These posters look really good separately–but look outstanding together. Spock and Uhura are my favorite. I really like the hectic motion that these posters depict, and the vibrant colors are great.

65. Son of Jello - April 15, 2013

#12 edshrinker.

Maybe Spock is expressing empathy for Harrisons motivation. Im not saying he agrees with what Harrison did (whaterver that may be) but with the loss of Spocks planet he and the other charactors can make a connection with Harrison on a human level. Making dealing with Harrison all the more difficult and tradgic for everyone.

#13 George.

try pressing shift/alt/del.

66. MJ - April 15, 2013



67. MJ - April 15, 2013

@60. “These posters are great, but nothing about them says Star Trek. That’s all I’m saying.”

Twol points here:

1. The official release poster has the Enterprise on it. Cha-ching — people get that it is Star Trek. The other posters are like additional ones that they put across the hallways an lobbys in the theaters as supporting posters to the main official on. Hope that explains this better for you?

2. Most of what you call “Star Trek” posters of the past were crap efforts. The only decent historical posters at all with ST IV and TMP. The rest are below average to crap in terms of quality. Your era of “real Star Trek posters” was really the age of Trek poster mediocrity in my book.

68. Rick - April 15, 2013

59.Jack- yeah, Bones never had a poster in TOS..and neither did Uhura. I think people are wondering why she has one now and NOT McCoy. He’s just as important and a big time fan favorite. I know she’s more important now with the whole Spock thing, but that grumpy, southern doctor is iconic. Fine give Uhura her due poster, but would it kill them to give Bones his too?

69. Ash - April 15, 2013

They wanted the best looking people on the poster??

If that’s the case than Bones DEFINITELY should have been on it!

Karl Urban…oh my lord

70. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - April 15, 2013

@68. Rick

Based on what I can glean from the previous TOS posters Anthony posted on the thread dealing with the new domestic poster:

ST:TMP – Kirk, Spock , Ilia
ST:TWOK – Khan, Kirk, Spock, Saavik
ST:TSFS – Spock, Kirk, McCoy, Saavik, Scotty, Sulu (at least that’s who they seem to be from the fuzzy picture)
ST:TVH – the full seven, including McCoy & Uhura
ST:TFF – Kirk & Spock
ST:TUC – Chang, Kirk, Spock, McCoy

71. Aix - April 15, 2013

We all know the rest of the cast will get their own posters eventually. Come on now.

72. Jack - April 16, 2013

68. She’s an attractive woman, that’s why she’s one posters. It’s not the character — it’s Zoe Saldana.

73. Keachick - April 16, 2013

I have just seen the TV news here which showed the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

It turns out that we actually know one of the women runners who just made it past the finish line before the bombs went off. Fortunately, she is OK, very shocked though. Nice lady.

So sad. This kind of crap never makes sense. Lord, have Mercy.

74. John Bigbootee - April 16, 2013

Where’s the Cupcake poster? :)

75. Son of Jello - April 16, 2013

74 John Bigbootee

He’s gone across the 8th dimension.

76. Jerry Modene - April 16, 2013

I am currently re-reading Asimov’s Chronology of the World and am up to Temujin, AKA “Genghis Khan”. It reminded me that “Khan” is a title, not a name – and our favorite augment’s name is, properly, Noonian Singh with “Khan” as his title, not his first or last name.

77. Keachick - April 16, 2013

All four posters together look great. They tell me that although the time in which this Star Trek story takes place are dismal, depressing, dark, our main characters are not dark. They are *colourful* and very much alive. I just wish we could see a bit more of Spock’s face though.

Anthony – Do you know if these posters will be available for sale? and in countries outside the US?

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