Whereas Christopher Nolan's Wayne skulked in the shadows, J.J. Abram's 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 (on-sale now!), 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 in the UK on 17 May 2013. We're going to start queuing now.
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