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John Carter Trailer Heavy On Martian Vistas, Shirtless Kitsch

Disney has premiered the teaser trailer for John Carter, the Andrew Stanton-directed action-adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp hero. As expected, the teaser is a little light on the action part, opting instead to establish the premise and the setting — still 19th-century Earth, thankfully, and Mars, or “Barsoom” — to the tune of Peter Gabriel’s cover of “My Body is a Cage.”

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

The film, which opens March 9, 2012, stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.


  • Wildstorm

    How come Dejah Thoris isn’t as described in the novels.  Looks just as bad as the Syfy movie that had Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Traci Lords.

  • Tibeius

    Wow, that was bad to watch.  My eyes hurt now.  This could be one of those rare Disney bombs.

  • Wildstorm

    What do you mean “rare Disney bomb”?  Disney hasn’t had a good movie released since Aladdin unless Pixar is attached.

  • Ryanc561

    Come on, people. It’s not that bad.

  • Coryjameson

    Phobos and Deimos don’t even look like that.

    But, all in all a pretty good teaser trailer. I don’t like the music.

  • Lewis4510

    I was excited about this….until I saw that trailer. Hell that looks worse that Prince of Persia.

  • Coryjameson

    There are a few things that are objectionable (the music and the way they showed Phobos and Deimos) but other than that, visually it looks good.

    Having said that, I would have used a completely different color scheme. I would have made the landscape look like the first issue of LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN VOLUME 2 by Alan Moore. I think it was important that John Carter of Mars make the landscape look different than Earth. And this new movie HAS NOT DONE THAT. And that is a gigantic mistake.

    Stanton has made comments that disparage science fiction as a genre. Obviously, they’ve been told to appeal to as wide as possible and audience, but his comment will probably alienate more people than attract. But I think it’s his attitude and the attitude of the higher-ups at Disney that probably lead to using a landscape that was just another location on earth, something everyone is familiar with.

    I don’t believe this movie will be successful enough to push a sequel forward. Which is probably just as well, considering how embarrassed Stanton and Disney appear to be about science fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, the trailer didn’t make me more excited for this movie, but it didn’t dampen it either.  It’s not bad for a first teaser almost a year out.  I’m more curious about how faithful it will be to the original material.

  • Dawnell_do

    Haters gonna hate.