Extended ‘John Carter’ Super Bowl Commercial [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 1:20 pm,

John Carter Trailer Disney Extended John Carter Super Bowl Commercial [Updated]

[Update: Check out a new action-heavy TV spot for John Carter!]

Andrew Stanton had a difficult task adapting Edgar Rice Burroughs “A Princess of Mars” into a live-action film, balancing the maintaining of source material with the need to make an accessible film for Disney that casual moviegoers can get behind. The special effects affair is led by MVP Taylor Kitsch (also featured prominent in the Battleship Super Bowl commercial) and Lynn Collins, both of whom starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Watch the extended 60-second Super Bowl commercial for John Carter below and see if it has the potential to become the next Pirates of the Caribbean success story for Disney.

John Carter is the type of film for fans of classic sci-fi and if moviegoers can accept the high-flying action and abundance of alien creatures featured in the film, they may just find something special in a movie that doesn’t rely on celebrity power to sell itself.

UPDATE: And now the new action-packed TV Spot: 

The official synopsis for John Carter:

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 [the Martian civilization] Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

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Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins are joined by a support cast of incredibly talented character actors including Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Ciarán Hinds and Thomas Haden Church. It is written by Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews and Andrew Stanton.

John Carter releases in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on March 9th, 2012.


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  1. if this is good i hope it becomes the next PotC. I really liked Prince of Persia and i think i heard that they wanted that to take the place of PotC and looked how that turned out, which really disappointed me. i still hope we will eventually get a sequel but i doubt it.

  2. This actually looks pretty good

  3. So psyched. Been psyched since first reported on in 2009.

  4. Currently reading the novel, though I’ve only just started. I’m curious as to whether they are keeping the aspect of him being immortal, though from what I’ve read that doesn’t seem to be the case given this added stuff about him having a family that died. Granted, he could be immortal and started a family.

    In any case, it looks like it could be pretty good and I hope it is. It’d be nice to see a good adaptation to celebrate the 100 years since the first book was published.

    But then, it could end up like Prince of Persia, which it has a bit of a vibe of.

  5. Still hate how they thought they knew better than Burrough’s what the creatures should have looked like. Would have been easy to do. Not that the movie doesn’t look good in general, only there was NO reason to deviate from the source material so much.

    • Dude, i swear almost all of your comments that i have seen on this website have been negative. Ranging from hating on the Hobbit, all the way to hating john carter…C’mon man.

  6. I think this movie will in no way be a “box-office hit,” however, it has the potential to be a great movie.
    1. Andrew Stanton.
    2. The phenomenal supporting cast.
    3. The writing team is truly solid.
    4. Michael Giacchino’s score.
    5. The visuals.

    Hope i’m not wrong though…

  7. That trailer would have been so f#@$!%&@ much better if they’d just left Warlord Of Mars in the title.


  8. Definately on my must see list. But will hold off reading the book till I’ve seen it.

    • Don’t hold off on reading the books, they truly are classics. Read the books and then if you still feel like it see the movie and then let the braniacs in some Disney board room know whether they made a good film despite themselves or not…

    • I agree with Todd. You should let yourself experience the books and imagery first so you have your own personal insight as to what things look like. If you see the movie first, those images will most likely taint the way you see the world of Barsoom.

      Plus they are pretty short by today’s standards. The first 4 in the series are like 700-800 pages total, less than a single Robert Jordan novel.

      • I’d like to add also that John Carter could arguably be the first superhero, I’ve always felt the roots of Superman were first laid with the story of John Carter, travelling to another planet where gravity gives him powers he didn’t have before, et al. It’s an important story and a classic character that deserves to be done right and has been overdue to hit the big screen either live action or animated for many many years…

  9. I’m excited. This will be a good movie. As for the “Of Mars” taken from the title — I think that’s good, because the movie and the story will not be the same and slightly different titles will make it easier to discuss (in this case “John Carter of Mars” being the title of the last Barsoom book written by Burroughs, not to be confused with the story on which the movie is baseed called “A Princess of Mars”)

    • Actually, that’s a good point. In all my excitement I continually forget the first book was ‘A Princess Of Mars’…

  10. Looks OK. Nothing more, nothing less.