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Abrams Addresses the Khan Deception

Abrams KhanOne of the biggest things some Star Wars fans had for supporting one of their crazy Force Awakens conspiracy theories (Plagueis, anyone?) was that “JJ Abrams lied about Khan”. Even though Abrams admitted in an MTV interview after the movie he may have done that differently, these conspiracy theorists didn’t want to hear it because the Khan deception helped them believe whatever headcanon they had for the new Star Wars movie.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Abrams again addressed the Khan issue after Damon Lindelof recently admitted it was wrong:

“Abrams laughed while talking about it now: “At the end of the day, while I agree with Damon Lindelof that withholding the Khan thing ended up seeming like we were lying to people, I was trying to preserve the fun for the audience, and not just tell them something that the characters don’t learn for 45 minutes into the movie, so the audience wouldn’t be so ahead of it.”

(He added: “But it was Simon Pegg who lied outright, and I adore him for doing so. I remember when I read that he basically said, ‘He doesn’t play Khan,’ and I thought, Oh my god, Simon Pegg!”)”

As people can now see with The Force Awakens, there really wasn’t a Khan style deception in the movie. Things were hidden and there was some slight misdirection thanks to the US marketing, but nothing as big as Khan.

5 Reasons Why JJ Abrams’ Superman Was the Worst Ever

With so many people focused on what JJ Abrams is doing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many forget that he was hired by Warner Brothers to write Superman in the early 2000s. Superman: Flyby was the reboot that was to be directed by McG before he dropped out and Brett Ratner nearly torpedoed the franchise like it was X-Men. Both future Superman, Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill, auditioned for the role in this movie and you can even find pictures of them in the costume online.

But the big thing about the movie was its script, which is actually available online if you look for it. While some people may dislike Abrams for what he did with Star Trek, and even more will hate him for his Star Wars choices, his Superman script remains the most unforgivable piece of crap he ever put his name on. If this were to have been made, it would’ve killed the Superman franchise for decades.

Here are five reasons why JJ Abrams wrote what would’ve been the worst Superman movie ever made:

Krypton Doesn’t Explode

Heh, you really don’t need to know much than that to know it sucks. Nope, Krypton doesn’t explode. Instead it’s a serene planet with rolling green hills, giant shell-less turtles, and a raging civil war that makes its way to Earth. Superman wasn’t sent away from a dying planet, he was sent to Earth after Jor-El met and chose the Kents for him so he could fulfill a dumb prophecy about a child who would end the war on a distant world before returning home to rule.

Superman is Neo from The Matrix

You kind of need to understand that Abrams wrote this movie after The Matrix was a huge hit for Warner Brothers, and the two Matrix sequels were in production. So since Neo knew kung-fu, so did Superman and the rest of the Kryptonians. That was the basis for the fights in the movie, and it would’ve severely dated the movie as just riding on the coattails of The Matrix’s success. The disappointment of The Matrix sequels wouldn’t have helped it much either.

Lex Luthor is From Krypton

This was actually the big twist at the end of the movie. After Superman manages to kung-fu fight all of the evil Kryptonians into defeat, Lex Luthor reveals to him that he too is from Krypton. So Superman and Luthor have a big Neo vs Agent Smith super-powered kung-fu fight in the sky before Lex is defeated and Superman returns with him to Krypton. Gotta set up the boring Krytponian-based sequel!

The Ma Kent “Rape”

The script makes it clear the Superman’s powers began manifesting even as a baby, but Abrams wanted to make his power development just a little edgier. So he wrote a scene where a creepy landlord was about to rape Ma Kent so little six-year-old Clark could kick his ass. By the time that happens in the movie we knew Clark’s powers were there, so there was no reason to toss in an implied rape just to shock people. Of course it’s not shown in a PG-13 movie, but it’s heavily implied that if Clark didn’t step in, that’s what was going to happen.

Ty-Zor

Everyone complains that Superman movies are stuck between Lex Luthor and General Zod as villains. Where’s Brainaic or Metallo? Superman has other villains, but instead of using one of those Abrams just recreated General Zod in Ty-Zor. It’s basically the exact same character and serves the same purpose, but he has a different name. Even worse is when Ty-Zor is defeated, Lex Luthor is his replacement as another super-powered villain from Krypton.

JJ Abrams’ Comments About The Prequels

There’s a belief on the Internet that thanks to the current marketing rhetoric Disney is following with The Force Awakens, where their talking point is always “Practical Effects!”, that JJ Abrams hates the Prequels and agrees with their delusional fantasy that Lucasfilm will retcon or remake these immovable objects of Star Wars canon.

Back in 2009 when Abrams was rebooting Star Trek the LA Times spoke to him about the challenge of reinventing Trek for modern audiences, and JJ praised the work Lucas did on the Prequels:

GB: “Star Wars” vs. “Star Trek” is sort of a classic Beatles vs. Stones debate for sci-fi fans of a certain age. You have said you wanted to infuse your “Trek” revival with some lessons learned from the George Lucas universe. Can you talk about that?

JJA: Well, I’m just a fan of “Star Wars.” As a kid, “Star Wars” was much more my thing than “Star Trek” was. If you look at the last three “Star Wars” films and what technology allowed them to do, they covered so much terrain in terms of design, locations, characters, aliens, ships — so much of the spectacle has been done and it seems like every aspect has been covered, whether it’s geography or design of culture or weather system or character or ship type. Everything has been tapped in those movies. The challenge of doing “Star Trek” — despite the fact that it existed before “Star Wars” — is that we are clearly in the shadow of what George Lucas has done.

In a November 2013 interview with The Telegraph in the UK, JJ wasn’t eager to flush the Prequels down the toilet like the Internet wants him to:

Abrams is eager not to criticise the more recent movies and suggests that he may need to tread a careful line not to alienate fans of the originals and the younger fans of the prequels.

He said: “A lot of kids who saw all the prequels when they were young really do identify with those movies as much as my generation identified with the originals.”

That “technology” Abrams praised in the first interview was a combination of sets, models, and the evil CGI everyone on the Internet is suddenly revolting against. In 2015 most of them can’t even point out the computer effects in a movie when it’s done well.

A recent example would be Zod’s armor in Man of Steel. You tell someone that was 100% CGI and they don’t believe you. Effects have come a long way from the Prequel era, and chances are the people who hate CG won’t even be able to spot (and bitch about) the “enormous amount of CG” that The Force Awakens is going to use.

Rumor: JJ Abrams Returning For Star Wars Episode IX

Last week we finally got the confirmation that Rian Johnson is writing and directing Star Wars Episode VIII for a May 2017 release, and now a new rumor has come out to say that JJ Abrams may return to finish the trilogy.

The rumor originated at Latino Review, but MakingStarWars.net has heard the same thing and has some additional information:

There was also another rumor going around that Abrams was reviewing Rian Johnson’s work and they were worked out a final outline for the final installment in this trilogy because VIII is getting tighter and more refined (it should shoot with some overlap with Rogue One). That makes sense and it kind of a “of course they would do that” kind of thing. He is the executive producer. There is another rumor that Rian Johnson is not totally out IX but the production timeline makes it seem nearly impossible and from what I have seen that appears to be true about the timeline aspect.

That rumor about Abrams is going around Latino Review reported today. I personally don’t think its really worked out yet. But here’s the big thing for me. J.J. Abrams executive producing the rest of the trilogy might have been agreed upon before he ever signed. But it probably also means Abrams is doing a kick ass job with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Bob Iger and Kathleen Kennedy are pleased with his work (which is not surprising but still good to hear).

Maybe Abrams will mention this at Star Wars Celebration next month?

Why JJ Abrams is Grateful For Those Who Read Spoilers

By the time Star Wars Celebration rolls around, if you want to know just about everything that happens in Star Wars: The Force Awakens you will probably be able to read a good summary. While there has been some crazy (and completely bogus) rumors, that time is coming to an end and we are starting to see some very accurate stuff come out.

You’d think JJ Abrams would be furious over this, with his love of the Mystery Box and the lengths they went to hiding Khan in Star Trek. But he isn’t. Actually he told the BBC he is grateful for those who read spoilers:

“There are a ton of rumours – some true, some false. But I’m grateful for everyone who would want to read a spoiler because it means that they care and want to see the movie.

“I know what it feels like, as an enormous Star Wars fan myself.”

I guess it was just about time that he accepted that the Mystery Box would be blown wide open prior to the first real trailer. If Bad Robot had allowed Lucasfilm to release more stuff to the fans, there probably wouldn’t be such a hunger for spoilers. Compared to what we got for the Prequels, we haven’t really seen anything about The Force Awakens yet.

JJ Abrams’ Imperial Response to the Apple Watch

Yup, that’s Imperial lighting in the reflection.
Earlier this morning Apple revealed their new $350 Apple Watch that requires an iPhone to function, and apparently JJ Abrams likes it a lot. Bad Robot tweeted the above image, and you’re correct in assuming that it confirms some sort of Imperial presence in Star Wars Episode VII

The index card is sitting on a polished black table that’s reflecting Imperial-style lighting. Much like the table on the Death Star in the original Star Wars:

JJ Abrams Reveals an Episode VII Robotic Hand

With the Force for Change charity campaign coming to a close, JJ Abrams has released another note from the set of Episode VII. Similar to the one he released from the Millennium Falcon, this one is a nod to the rumors that Episode VII would open with a robotic hand floating through space while gripping a lightsaber.

Here’s the actual tweet:

JJ Abrams’ Note to the Episode VII Crew

By now most people are aware that Star Wars Episode VII has officially begun filming both in Abu Dhabi and at Pinewood Studios in the UK. ScreenCrush has received a photo of a hand-written note that JJ Abrams wrote to the crew. It’s dated on the 16th, which means it was written right before filming kicked off. Here’s their translation of what it says:

Dearest Cast and Crew, What an honor it is to work beside all of you, on Star Wars Ep VII. I can’t thank you enough, for all work past and future. Let’s take good care of not just ourselves, but of each other. Amazing, but true: the world awaits this film. Let’s give ‘em something GREAT. xo JJ

Star Wars Episode VII Casting Announcements Will ‘Continue’

A lot of people were expecting a big Episode VII announcement yesterday on the now-annual Star Wars Day. We got the full trailer for Star Wars Rebels, Iger took a selfie with Chewie, and that was about it in terms of big announcements.

However, we did hear from the writer and director of Star Wars Episode VII. Since Lucasfilm dropped the big casting announcement on Tuesday of last week, they really didn’t have much to say about the movie yesterday. So JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan filmed a quick video greeting from the UK, and the big thing most people took from the greeting is that Abrams said that casting announcements would “continue”. That means we’ll likely be seeing more cast members announced over the next months.

Here’s the video:

Fox Kills Another SciFi Series – Almost Human

Yet another science fiction series has come and died at the hands of Fox. This time it was JJ Abrams’ futuristic cop buddy show with an android, Almost Human.

Deadline reveals that Fox isn’t picking up the show for a second season. So you can now add this series to the growing list of science fiction shows Fox has quickly killed or put in the Friday Night Death Slot:

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
M.A.N.T.I.S.
VR.5
Dark Angel
Firefly
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Dollhouse

When will people learn to not hold out hope for a long-running scifi show on Fox? The days of The X-Files are long gone…