Temis the Vorta wrote:
That's my point - iconic characters are the ones worth recasting.
And I agree with that. Well, broadly.*
I go further in stating that Picard is also iconic. He's easily one of the most well known Star Trek characters.
The way Kirk was developed in TOS, he greatly transcended the cookie-cutter square-jawed hero type. If he hadn't, he wouldn't be worth resurrecting, really.
Both Pike and Adams are given to moments of introspection, and the end of Forbidden Planet
, where Adams puts together the parts and speechifies wildly, could easily be the ending monologue for Kirk in a Star Trek
episode. The big thing Kirk has they don't have is sufficiently more exposure, a memorable dynamic with two other characters, and William Shatner.
*Obviously if you're readapting a novel or something, you may bring back characters because they're part of the story, not because they have marquee value. And so on. Other discussion, of course.