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J.J. Abrams addresses problems with Star Trek Into Darkness and lens flares

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams is very aware of the criticism some of his past films have received.

Abrams told late night host Stephen Colbert during a conversation at the Montclair Film Festival that he was aware Star Trek fans were upset with his second entry in the series, Star Trek Into Darkness, according to a report from Rolling Stone. Abrams confessed that even he thought the fans were absolutely right looking back on the film.

"There were too many nods to The Wrath of Khan," Abrams admitted. "I'll cop to that."

Abrams also addressed fan concerns that his infamous overuse of lens flares would appear in the new Star Wars movie.

The director promised Colbert, and the crowd in attendance, that he was going to "ease up" on the film editing tool. He said that while he could kind of defend the use of the flare in Star Trek, because space is "so bright," he had no excuse for the overuse of it in Super 8.

He neglected to address, however, if there would be at least a couple of lens flares used in the upcoming film, so fans will have to wait until the movie is released to know for sure.

The Force Awakens hits Dec. 18.