Oso Blanco wrote:
King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
Kirk and Spock are bigger than William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
That remains to be seen.
It doesn't. The roles have been successfully recast, enabling the studio to make Star Trek more popular in theaters than ever. They will be recast again. You can safely assume that there will be at least one more version of these characters in the next two decades. And since fewer and fewer young people watch TOS, the memory of the characters as they appeared there will continue to dwindle.
Read the topics in this forum - even now you have to explain the origins of Khan to newer fans of the movies because they've never seen "Space Seed."