By Bryan Hood | The more sci-fi-centric corners of the Internet were sent into a tizzy yesterday afternoon with the release of the first teaser for J.J. Abrams’ “Stark Trek Into the Darkness.” It’s hard to gather too much about the sequel to 2009’s “Star Trek,” other than the film has wholeheartedly embraced the icy aesthetic that Christopher Nolan made a requirement of all franchise films, and that — surprise, surprise — thing’s are rough out there in the universe. But the real noteworthy thing about the clip, more so than the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and the rest of the Enterprise crew, is that it gives us our first glimpse, both visually and aurally, of Benedict Cumberbatch’s still-unnamed villain (the Internet has decided there’s something Khan-like about him). Based on what we see here, Cumberbatch’s character bares a remarkable similarity to Tom Hardy’s Bane from this summer’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” what with the whole being more complex than just evil and wanting to awaken society to the illusions they’ve fallen prey to before destroying everything and creating a new world order. Actually, and we know this is going to happen a lot from here on out, but in the way that “Skyfall” felt like “The Dark Knight” as a Bond film, this feels like Nolan’s third Batman film only set in the Star Trek universe. Of course, this opinion is based on just over a minute of footage, and hey, we really dug the latest Bond film. “Star Trek Into Darkness” hits theaters May 13 of next year.
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