Movies Severely Spoiled Before They Were Released
Abrams and Lindelof don't want to spoil this new 'Star Trek' villain (Photo: Paramount Pictures)
You've seen the "Star Trek Into Darkness" trailers. So far all we know is the Enterprise is in deep trouble (again), Abrams has "upped the ante," and Captain Kirk jumps off a cliff. And no, we still don't know much about Benedict Cumberbatch's role, except that he's a villain and appears to have been captured by the Federation.
But when it comes to genuine spoilers, this "Trek" is on lockdown, thanks to director J.J. Abrams and his creative team.
Damon Lindelof, Abrams' former "Lost" co-creator and one of the writers on the "Star Trek" sequel, shares the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" helmer's spoil-free philosophy.
"The audience needs to have the same experience that the ['Trek'] crew is having," Lindelof told the Los Angeles Times. "You're Kirk, you're Spock, you're McCoy, so if they don't know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn't know," he added, arguing further that if you give away the villain before the film comes out, you give audiences "a five-second rush of exhilaration followed by four months of being completely and totally bummed out."
"That's why they're called 'spoilers,' they're not called 'awesomes'," Lindelof said.
The following is Yahoo! Movies' list of flicks that were not-so-awesomely spoiled before they even came out: David Prowse – Darth Vader (Photo: Lucas Films/20th Century Fox)
Lucky for Abrams, this happened way before he took over the "Star Wars" franchise. David Prowse, who played Vader (the voice was dubbed by James Earl Jones), revealed in press interviews two whole years before "The Empire Strikes Back" came out that his character is, shockingly, Luke Skywalker's father. He told a fanzine, "In the next film, there is going to be a confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader and they then discover that Darth Vader never killed his father, that Darth Vader IS his father. So son can't kill father, and father can't kill son — so Darth Vader lives into the next sequel."
David Prowse – Darth Vader (Photo: Lucas Films/20th Century Fox)
"Speed" -- Surprise! Everyone Lives!
A quick cut that appears at the end of the 1994 film's trailer shows the bus explode … as passengers look on from a safe distance. Before we got to watch the Sandra Bullock-Keanu Reeves flick in feature length, we were shown its "surprise" ending.
"Free Willy" -- Um, Yeah, He Got Free
The trailer for "Free Willy" does in fact show that Willy the killer whale makes it back into the ocean — safe, sound, and powerful enough to catch about 20 feet of air before swimming away. (Orcas can do that?)
"Prometheus" -- David's Disembodied Head
Yes. Remember over the summer when everyone was actually excited about Ridley Scott's long-awaited followup to "Alien"? Well, some fans were outraged that a TV spot revealed that David, the robot played by Michael Fassbender, gets decapitated.