‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Poster Evokes ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Imagery

J.J. Abrams and co. are finally, finally initiating their plan to reveal “Star Trek Into Darkness” to the world. After years of speculating when the crew of the Starship Enterprise will return and who they will face when they do, we are now just days away from not only the first trailer for the sci-fi sequel, but also a 9-minute prologue in front of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Today, however, the first poster for “Into Darkness” debuted, giving us our first official look at the mysterious villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, whose role was teased in the official plot synopsis last week. From the looks of the poster, he definitely seems like “an unstoppable force of terror.”

Check out the full poster after the jump!

Well, they’re definitely going of “Nolan-esque” on this one. While the poster clearly borrows concepts from both the “Inception” and “Dark Knight Rises” one-sheet, this isn’t the first evocation of the fanboy-beloved director’s work. Early talk about the sequel pegged “The Dark Knight” as the ideal which all big genre movie sequels should aim for, and it looks like “Star Trek Into Darkness” is already taking that advice pretty literally.

Official synopsis:

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” opens on May 17, 2013.