J.J. Abrams has a thing for mysterious titles, and he apparently spent quite a bit of time debating the subtitle of his second Star Trek movie. But instead of Into Darkness, we almost got a very different name.
In an interview with MTV, Abrams revealed that Into Darkness came about after the producers axed their original name due to general overuse. The first idea? Star Trek: Vengeance. I don’t know about you, but the first thing I think of when I hear “Vengeance” is Die Hard. Just sayin’.
Abrams apparently agreed, and said they took a more philosophical turn instead. Oh, and that early rumor they might nix “Star Trek” from the title completely? It was apparently never true.
"We always had 'Star Trek' in the title in some way. But there were other things we talked about. There's a very intimidating, giant black ship in this called the Vengeance, so we talked about that name, 'Vengeance,' but it also seemed like a word that was being used quite a bit in movies and it felt a little familiar."
Considering how much of the narrative seems to be driven by Kirk’s hunt for Cumberbatch’s mysterious baddie, it’s no surprise that Vengeance came up early and often. But Into Darkness seems like a good, albeit odd, fit.
Which title would you have preferred?