Check it out—the first real poster for Star Trek Into Darkness! We don’t know much about the movie yet aside from the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the villain and the studio has done a really good job of not spilling the beans as to his identity. In fact, this poster tells us so much more than the ten seconds of footage that came out earlier this summer.
You know one thing it tells us? Someone in the studio’s art department really liked The Dark Knight Rises. Because you can’t look at this image of Cumberbatch standing amidst the Starfleet-logo-shaped wreckage on Earth and tell me that it doesn’t bear a striking resemblance to this:
Maybe the studio planned this imagery before the first TDKR posters came out, but that’s unlikely. Sure, the synopsis promises plenty of destruction on Earth:
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.
But did we really need to see a structure blown apart from inside like poor, decimated Gotham City? Then again, this could speak to a larger theme in 2012′s (and 2013′s) geek movies, where the beloved city and/or planet gets blown to smithereens. We saw it in TDKR and The Avengers, which both took it out on New York City. (Ironically, The Avengers‘ NYC was shot in Cleveland, whereas TDKR called their city Gotham like in the comics but did actually shoot in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.)
But consider the poster for the original Star Trek reboot, from 2009:
Such an iconic image that’s unique to the series: The Enterprise, going into warp drive. They didn’t need to pull from anyone but themselves. But on the bright side, at least no one can mistake this poster for a unicorn, right?
Photos: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.