Abrams admits he shouldn't have kept us in the dark about Trek's Khan secret

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Dec 2, 2013, 2:57 PM EST

J.J. Abrams is one of the most secretive filmmakers around. He prides himself on keeping details under wraps until he's ready to unleash them (we're looking at you, Super 8). This year's Star Trek Into Darkness was no different. The director, producer, writers and cast all participated in a major cover-up called Khan.

Once Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the film's villain, most of us put two and two together. The British actor was Khan, and no one was going to tell us otherwise, but they still tried. Abrams pressed that Cumberbatch was just John Harrison, an intergalactic terrorist. Well, the film's been out for months and the cat's out of the bag. We were right.

How does Abrams feel about blatantly lying to the public?

He told MTV News, "The truth is because it was so important to the studio that we not angle this thing for existing fans. If we said it was Khan, it would feel like you've really got to know what Star Trek is about to see this movie. That would have been limiting. I can understand their argument to try to keep that quiet, but I do wonder if it would have seemed a little bit less like an attempt at deception if we had just come out with it."

We understand his motivation. You want people to be surprised. We were shocked by the Mandarin reveal in Iron Man 3, but saw Khan coming a mile away. We were perfectly fine with that. We just enjoyed Cumberbatch's chilling performance. In terms of worst-kept movie secrets, Khan is right up there with Marion Cotillard's Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.

(via MTV News)