2012 was a busy year for genre movies, with long-awaited movies that may have disappointed (John Carter, Prometheus), franchises making new bids of life (Men in Black 3, Total Recall) and the superhero movies that ruled them all (The Dark Knight Rises and, of course, The Avengers). But what was your favorite movie of the year? Tell all in our poll.
When you think about this season of Breaking Bad, one thought springs to mind that isn’t entirely spoilerish: Who would have thought that Jesse Plemons would have been the one Friday Nights Lights actor to get it right in the show’s aftermath?
John Carter director Andrew Stanton reportedly will return to animation with a sequel to Disney/Pixar’s 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo.
Finally, some good news for Disney in a year that’s seen John Carter bring some ridiculously heavy clouds to the skies over the Magic Kingdom just for being a (relative) flop: Marvel’s The Avengers looks like it’s going to be a big hit, with pre-release tracking giving it an opening weekend of somewhere in the region of $125 million. Impressive? Sure. But also, just maybe a little low…?
Disney has announced it expects to lose roughly $200 million dollars on John Carter, making the sci-fi adventures one of the biggest financial disasters in box-office history.
So, John Carter has officially become labeled as a flop (despite reasonable reviews and a decent worldwide take), joining Tron Legacy and Prince of Persia on the list of failed attempts to kickstart action adventure franchises in recent years. Why can’t Disney seem to get a foothold in the live-action male market?
Opening in the No. 2 spot with a relatively underwhelming weekend take, it seems as though the common wisdom on John Carter is going to be that it flopped and failed to connect with a mainstream audience. But part of me wonders whether that was the fault of John Carter, or something altogether bigger and more widespread?
John Carter producer Jim Morris talks with Spinoff Online about the Disney action-adventure, his fondness for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ century-old pulp classic, and his hopes for a movie trilogy.