The bad guy was kept a (poor) secret from Star Trek fans ahead of the theatrical release of "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
But as the film makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 10, it has become clear that director J.J. Abrams was well aware of some of the backlash that might have come with the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan. But was he really the bad guy?
"Normally in a popcorn summer movie, you want to know who your bad guy really is," said Roberto Orci, one of the writers of "Into Darkness," as part of the special features found in the upcoming Blu-ray. "And here you have two guys who are candidates for who the villain is."
"While Khan may in fact be the same Khan you know from 'The Wrath of Khan,' his motivations are extremely different," said Orci's writing partner, Alex Kurtzman. "He was used by the real big bad of our movie, and that is Adm. Marcus."
Marcus is played by RoboCop himself, Peter Weller, and he found his character to be the most fascinating of all in "Into Darkness."
"The guy who is playing the antagonist cannot look at his part and play the antagonist," Weller said. "Everybody from the inside out looks like a protagonist. All Alexander Marcus is doing, he's not doing evil for evil's sake. He's a guy who really believes what he is doing is patriotic."
But it's still hard to ignore the bad guy role Khan plays in this film. But looking at Cumberbatch himself, how does he look like Ricardo Montalban?
"Originally, the first thing we thought of was who were the actors that we thought we feel ... were in the spirit of what came before," Abrams said in the "Into Darkness" Blu-ray special feature. "Damon (Lindelof) mentioned Benedict Cumberbatch, and I watched him. He was so not the Khan I knew at all."
Abrams said he knew Cumberbatch -- who audiences were just getting to know thanks to his work in "Sherlock" -- would be a tough sell.
"We would definitely get in trouble," Abrams said. "Fans would say he didn't look anything like him, it makes no sense. But if something is good, that sort of supersedes everything. This was the right way to go because he was so good."
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