‘John Carter’: Conceptual Art & Super Bowl TV Spot Teaser

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It’s a recurring tradition for the biggest blockbuster titles hitting the silver screen in any year to be promoted during the respective Super Bowl, and 2012 will be no exception. While a handful of anticipated titles are reportedly NOT going to be featured in TV spots during Super Bowl XLVI (like The Dark Knight Rises) other tentpole pics are definitely going to make an appearance – including, Walt Disney Pictures’ costly (re: $250 million) John Carter adaptation.

Today, we have some conceptual artwork from the Mouse House’s classic sci-fi literary flick, available for viewing – along with a teaser for the actual John Carter Super Bowl spot (and yes, we know that a teaser for a commercial is kind of a stretch).

Here is Disney’s official description of the project:

“John Carter” is a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) and 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, directed by Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton, 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 latest John Carter artwork provides a better look at not only the Barsoom landscape and architecture, but also several of its more native inhabitants – including, the humanoids Princes Thoris (Collins), Sab Than (Dominic West), and Matai Shang (Mark Strong) – along with Carter’s “scene-stealing” Martian dog, Woola.

Check all that out in the gallery below (for more, head on over to It’s Art Magazine):

Now have a look at the teaser for the John Carter Super Bowl preview:



John Carter looks great, with regards to how Stanton and his production team have visually realized Burroughs’ fantastical alien landscapes and characters (passing over the creative liberties they’ve taken during the adaptation process). Hopefully, whatever new footage is featured in the film’s actual Super Bowl TV spot will do a better job of making this flick look like it has more than just eye candy to offer – a task which the official John Carter trailer didn’t manage all that well, in our opinion.

Look for John Carter to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on March 9th, 2012.

Source: It’s Art Magazine (via Coming Soon)

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  1. I knew I shouldn’t have looked at this. My disappointment in their deviating from the book continues to grow.

    I can only assume the Thark is riding a thoat but they are not supposed to look like a freaking Martian Bull! /sigh

    And that thing is not a calot I don’t care what they say.

    Also surprised at how static and amateurish those costume illustrations look. Hollywood needs to be hiring the people that do art for video games. Most of them can really illustrate well.

  2. Amen to hiring people who do video games for anything movie related.

  3. Unfortunately, Deja Thoris can’t be completely naked, which she is in the books. Naked. And red.

  4. Obsessive purists who expect every detail to be exactly like it was in their heads ruin everything. This movie looks really watchable to me, and the SFX look incredible. Movie adaptations are exactly that – adaptations, not precise transcriptions. I look forward to seeing this with my family, but YMMV.

    • Not expecting EVERY detail to exact and it has nothing to do what what I have pictured in my head, it’s a SIMPLE description.

      I mean wouldn’t you have been a bit disappointed if Jackson had replaced the Balrog in LotR with say an Ice Demon? The movie would have been still very watchable and an Ice Demon would have been just as scary so why not? It’s an adaption right? Or what if they had given all the Elves horns? Might not have been in the book but would have been REALLY cool looking!

      If you can’t grasp why matching as closely as possible the characters and creatures is important to the story then you are beyond reasoning with.