After months of rumors and speculation, Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest has put a nail in the "Khan Will Be The Villain In The Sequel To The 'Star Trek' Reboot" coffin. The word from an "informant placed close to the production" is that JJ Abrams' sequel to his surprisingly great 2008 film will not feature the genetically altered superhuman Khan Noonien Singh, but rather another "classic 'Trek' character."

There are about 37 reasons why Khan being out of the running is good news, but let's stick to three:

1. Khan was already a major villain in a 'Star Trek' film and this is a universe brimming with dozens of other great adversaries for the crew of the Enterprise to face down.

2. Khan was was so memorably embodied by Ricardo Montalban that any other actor would find himself stumbling in shoes that are waaay too big for him.

3. This is evidence that JJ Abrams and writers Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman aren't ready to take the easy way out and rely on characters that every moviegoer is familiar with. Instead, they're picking storylines that will make a good movie versus pandering to the masses.
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