Still months away from its debut, and we’re learning more and more about Star Trek Into Darkness. Last week, Paramount released the official synopsis for the film, and now we have the first official teaser poster as well. Although we’ve been told that Into Darkness won’t be a rehash of The Dark Knight, the influence of the dark Batman franchise seems strong in the new poster. Hit the jump for more.
Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Poster
The poster, which shows off the darker side of Trek that we may be seeing more of in the new movie, features the Star Trek delta logo outlined in the wreckage of a building, with a crumbling London skyline in the background. In the midst of it all, a dark figure in a black trench coat stands atop a pile of wreckage. It looks like Earth is in for quite a ride in the new movie. But, who is that featured in the center of the poster? A villain? Khan? Mitchell? Or, do I spot some pointed ears?
Synopsis also revealed for Into Darkness [Minor Spoilers]
For those of you who haven’t seen the recently released synopsis (or those of you who need a refresher), here it is again (Minor Spoilers):
“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.
Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, arrives on May 17th, 2013.”
Another tip to Batman?
In keeping with his "If Christopher Nolan did it, it must be a good idea" theme, this teaser poster is evocative of the first teaser poster for Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, which also featured the Batman logo created from an outline of buildings (see below).
UPDATE: Animated Poster on StarTrekMovie.com
A slightly animated version of the poster (with some falling rubble) is now live on StarTrekMovie.com.
First and awesome!!!
Just saw this on Digital Spy! Came here to post the link and voi la! Beaten to the punch.
Finnegan – the movie! (jk, guys.)
Very cool poster. I took a few moments to spot the delta sheild
Even though it resembles the Dark Knight Rises poster I think it’s great. I’m really pumped to see this. Plus I think it’s one of the coolest Trek posters we’ve seen.
It’s the London skyline of the future; hence all the Brits in the movie.
Perfect Teaser Poster. Piques my interest, tells me nothing.
Is this supposed to be London? If not, it’s a bit disappointing see such a well-known contemporary building, the London gherkin, used unaltered and placed in the front row. Though perhaps they will include a different iconic building for the poster’s release in each major market, as has been done to localize the marketing for some other big-budget films.
@7 British accents are always used by bad buys–makes sense.
Is Anthony teasing us here? Does he know more? Could it be that the villain is Sybock? Hmmmm….
-Capt James T. Kirk
@9 it is London since St Pauls Cathedral, The London Eye and the River Themes can all be seen too!
I actually like the strategy. It is very generic. It just screams BLOCKBUSTER! And I think that is a great move by the marketing team since casual movie goers are somewhat turned-off by Star Trek itself because it is too nerdy and geeky for them. I just hope that the movie itself still has the Star Trek spirit in it.
Where is Pine when he said they are not making Batman?! Haha! It is really cool though. Especially when viewed from afar when you can really see the insignia.
Now, what is this I hear that Pine, Cumberbatch, Abrams and Burke are in Tokyo for STiD promotions?
What if the bad guy is Trelane?
you also see the London Eye on the right and just to the left of the gherkin you can make out St Pauls cathedral. This is 100% London.
In fact, I think it is intended to be London. You can make out the London Eye on the bank of the Thames on the left side.
Oh it is London, you can see the London Eye on the Thames at the left of the image.
I don’t see pointed ears, I still think I see grey sideburns though. Gary Mitchell.
Makes me wonder all the more about the tone of the film…so far, very unTrek like and I like it!
I’m not sure, what I should think about that poster. I can’t see any Star Trek in that poster. I see 2012, Judge Dredd, Independence Day and many other dark scifi-movies in that poster, but nothing Star Trek. It seems we get a Star Wars/Dark Knight- movie just starring Captain Kirk – without any theme or philosophy from Star Trek. But perhaps it’s that what a young audience want to see…
If the wrecked buildings on the poster are the proverbial ruins Abrams has left that once hopeful and forward-looking, positive and optimistic franchise in, I have to call it spot-on really! Chapeau for a vision of the future torns to shreds!
If Cumberbatch’s character is named as boringly as GARY MITCHELL all of this badassery are going down the drain. I am sorry, I really love Mitchell but I have this obvious issue about his name. Haha.
Wayyyyyyyyy too cool!!! :)
Well, I’m delighted we’re finally getting information about STID, and this poster is an order of magnitude better than the Trek ’09 poster (which I will insist to my dying day looks like a mistake made at the printing plant) but could Bad Robot be any more vague about this movie?
The teaser poster has a Borg-like quality to it. Has the queen found her perfect mate is Gary mitchell? Could this be another attempt at the Borg infiltrating Earths past? Could the villain be the new Borg King? The secrecy behind this movie leads me to believe that all of our guesses have been wrong up to this point. I mean, the Borg are the franchises biggest villain, not to mention most popular. What if?
Breweries. Lens flares. Ridiculous coincidences. Romantic Spock. Blowing up entire planets.
Definitely not Khan.
Maybe Mitchell. Hard to tell.
But it sure doesn’t look like Khan, which is fine with me.
SURPRISE! ITS THE BORG!
@31, seriously though, what if?
While the poster is very reminiscent of the Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises posters, it provides quite an ominous tone for the movie. Can’t wait for the trailer and the IMAX preview!
“Oh, no, we’re not trying to copy Dark Knight at all!”
Hmm, Earth has been attacked in this way before – Xindi attack from Enterprise Season 3 anyone? That’s the only series whose timeline has not been altered in the JJ-verse.
Definitely grey sideburn action going on. It’s still Gary Mitchell.
Something I haven’t seen discussed much is the continuity this poster has with the original film’s teaser poster, released way back in 2006 and used as this site’s header image. Both have the delta shield front and center. It’s a nice touch. Here’s a little comparison I did up: http://postimage.org/image/mpvf0wjtd/
Clearly you’re all missing the obvious…if that’s London that can only mean one thing. Cumberbatch has been indoctrinated and is working for the reapers!
Vulcan Soul. I like the way you think.
So perhaps the Enterprise takes it’s dunk in the English Channel!
I would mention that blowing up (destroying) entire planets and starships was often seen in the original series. The Doomsday Machine and the Immunity Syndrome are just some examples off the top of my head.
My first reaction to the delta shield being cut out of wreckage was a BORG CUBE. It bears a close resemblance.
Otherwise, it’s cool, but it doesn’t just scream that it’s a Star Trek movie. It’s really close to the alternate poster used for the 2009 movie in overseas markets that depicted Nero’s drill in action near the Golden Gate Bridge. This was done to promote the movie in regions where “Star Trek” wasn’t popular but a giant-laser-of-death-disaster-movie would be accepted.
Can’t wait for the sequel though! And the third movie… Star Trek Into Darkness Rises!
Any resemblance to London is probably unintentional. I think the artist was going for a generic futuristic looking city. (To me, it looks more like the San Francisco we saw in the previous Star Trek ’09.)
Great teaser poster, I must admit.
#35 – Maybe that means the Xindi are the villians in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’?? That might actually be cool!
“A Taste of Armageddon” comes to mind as a show with similar allusions to total destruction
I don’t see how the London thing could be unintentional as the Gherkin, the London Eye, the Thames and St Paul’s are all quite visible and out in front. Unless the designer was INCREDIBLY lazy.
44. Promo Boy
There are FOUR London landmarks seen in the poster. The cast is LOADED to the gills with Brits. Get serious!
Since it is apparently London, the villain’s identity is rather obvious: Jack the Ripper.
When people headed to the stars, he went with them. And now, he’s back.
Remember, you read it here first. ;-P
Its just a teaser. More posters will follow i think!
We now know the villain, it is COATGUY!
#44 – actually, I hope they’re not :) When I first read the synopsis for Trek 2 I was immediately reminded of the Xindi arc, and the poster just reinforced that.