Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi exhibition at New York Comic Con has revealed an interesting fact about why Kylo Ren wears his helmet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Turns out it’s not just an homage to his grandfather, Darth Vader.
Kylo Ren’s helmet is pretty darn cool. There’s no other way to put it. I was gripped by the character from the very moment I saw him in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was menacing, cool, nasty and had a raw and untamed power I had never seen before in the Star Wars universe. His character also brings back echoes of Darth Vader through his helmet, which is quickly becoming as iconic as the infamous Sith Lord’s. Whilst watching the first movie, it’s pretty clear that he’s wearing it to emulate his grandfather’s iconic look. It’s an homage to his ancestor, whom he idealises. However, turns out that there’s another reason behind the headgear.
Star War News Net are lucky enough to be as New York Comic Con (our invite must have been lost in the post), where there is a Star Wars: The Last Jedi exhibition, where there are many props from the movie and The Force Awakens on show. These props are accompanied with little descriptions of what they are and explain their significance. One of the props is Kylo Ren’s helmet, which comes with a pretty revealing description. It claims that Kylo’s helmet is not only an homage to his grandfather, but was also designed to hide his true identity. You can read the description in full below.
“Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, protege of Luke Skywalker, and eventual master of the knights of Ren. He is known as the “Jedi Killer” among the rank and file of the First Order. His helmet was crafted to mask his visage and voice, concealing his identity as he delves further into the power of the dark side of the Force.”
This is very interesting indeed, especially since it seems as if Kylo will be ditching the helmet in The Last Jedi. He obviously no longer wishes to remain anonymous and wants people to know who he really is. Incidentally, we made a list of the 12 things we think we learned from The Last Jedi’s recent trailer. Make sure you check it out, along with our other pop culture-related lists, such as the 10 films that will get you into the Halloween spirit.
What do you make of this new information regarding Kylo’s helmet? Have you bought your tickets to see The Last Jedi yet? Let us know in the comments below.