The rumour of the villain being Kahn had my enthusiasm lowered for this movie. As in "Please, please, Kahn's been done..in the TV show...already in a movie...can't we just explore something new rather than regurgitate over and over?" And isn't that what the spirit of Star Trek itself was all about? You always wondered each episode what new idea, new world, new plot you'd encounter because it was so wide open.
Seeing that this might be the Gary Mitchell character does get my hopes up somewhat more. While it wouldn't be new and original, at least it's not bloody Kahn again, and it would at least be a tribute to one of my favorite episodes of the original series. I always
found the Mitchell-turns-God-like episode enthralling and creepy. So if it's got to be a take on an old episode, I'd be happy with the Gary Mitchell story.
And oh how I wish the film could get a bit more cerebral at least for decent portions. Though that I understand tends to be asking too much of any big budget blockbuster these days. I don't mean intelligence wouldn't work in a movie, only that it is seen as a risk. I think most audiences actually respond well to intelligent ideas, plots, heady dialogue exchanges. When done right they only enhance the movie experience.