Damon Lindelof spoke briefly about Star Trek XII last weekend, sharing the goals of the writers and comparing the creation of the sequel to Star Trek XI to the sequel to Batman Begins.
The first movie was easier in some ways, as all one had to do was to introduce the characters to the audience. But after the success of Star Trek XI, expectations are high and Lindelof does not want to disappoint.
“You know, the bar is very, very high for the sequel,” he said. “But I think we are looking at a movie like The Dark Knight which actually sort of went one step beyond Batman Begins. It was really about something and at the same time was a superhero movie. So we don’t want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work — and have it sort of be fun and emotional, but we also really want the movie to thematically resonate, so we are putting on our highfalutin hats.”
When asked by the reporter if Star Trek XII, like Avatar, would address the importance of rainforests and why they should be saved, Lindelof answered humorously. “Well, I think Avatar did a pretty good job of getting the rainforest message across,” he said. “Maybe we will put a bumper sticker on the Enterprise.”