Here's a question for the Nerd Rage about "ripping off Wrath of Khan"
Was the Dark Knight a ripoff of Batman89?
This actually illustrates an important difference between Star Trek (prior to J.J.) and every other "franchise"...
Star Trek never rehashed their own stories before now (actually even '09 isn't a rehash, but STID clearly is).
Batman, Superman, X-Men, and many, many others retold their stories over and over again.
Joker is in a comic then in a 60's TV show, then in an 80's movie, then in a 00's movie, and it doesn't really seem like a ripoff, because that's what Batman has always done.
In the hands of J.J., Trek is now just "another franchise"...
Maybe in the next movie, the crew will have to go back in time to save the dolphins!