Last summer saw the release of J.J. Abrams last Star Trek movie before he jumped universes and started taking on Star Wars. But while the movie was a hit at the box office, it was heavily criticized by fans and some critics for certain elements of the film. Aside from what was in the film, one of the things criticized was Abrams being hellbent on keeping the fact that Khan was a villain in the movie.
Abrams was so determined to keep it a secret that even after it was leaked that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan, Abrams openly denied it and continued to play coy. Looking back on it, that was a questionable look for Abrams and he admitted as much to MTV in a recent interview.
Abrams doesn’t apologize for the film and he shouldn’t. But it’s nice to know that he’s not afraid to acknowledge when he’s wrong and that’s something we saw with the director looking back on the whole keeping Khan a secrecy fiasco. Abrams admitting he was in the wrong doesn’t mean the film is now in some way tainted, because it’s still an excellent entry in the Star Trek cannon but Abrams proved yet again he’s not some pompous director unable to see his own work from different perspectives.