‘John Carter’ Poster Reveals Little About the Mars Adventure

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Teaser poster for John Carter of Mars movie John Carter Poster Reveals Little About the Mars Adventure

We’re approaching the point now where a teaser trailer for Disney’s John Carter adaptation is bound to hit theaters sooner rather than later. As proof of that, a teaser poster has now been released for Pixar director Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars sci-fi novel series.

The new one-sheet reveals little about the John Carter film – other than the fact that star Taylor Kitsch still has his customary long hair – but with extensive post-production work still being done to bring the film’s extraterrestrial settings and characters to life, that’s to be expected.

John Carter (formerly, of Mars) revolves around… John Carter (Kitsch), a Civil War-era soldier who is suddenly and unexpectedly transported to the red planet Mars. There, he discovers an alien civilization embroiled in its own civil war as Martians struggle to survive on the harsh and nearly uninhabitable planet. Carter soon emerges as a savior for the people of Mars (or Barsoom, as Burroughs called it) – one who can even stave off the collapse of Martian society when important technology used to keep all residents of the planet alive malfunctions.

Joining Kitsch as members of the John Carter cast are the likes of Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Lynn Collins (True Blood), Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Ciarán Hinds (Rome), Mark Strong (Green Lantern), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Thomas Hayden Church (Spider-Man 3). Not that it shows in the John Carter teaser poster – which, as mentioned before, is all Kitsch (no pun intended).

Check out the first one-sheet for John Carter (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

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Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) certainly knows a thing or two about crafting captivating landscapes and colorful settings, which bodes well for John Carter – his first live-action/CGI hybrid directorial effort. Fans of Burroughs’ original literary series should be all the more pleased to hear that the film will also in part retain the author’s (now, old-fashioned) vision of the Martian world and its inhabitants.

Here is what Mark Strong told MTV in an interview last week:

“Andrew [Stanton is] such a great storyteller. We’re in very safe hands and you know he’s going to make something exceptional. The thing that I think will distinguish it, which I’m most excited by, is that even though it takes place in space — it’s science fiction — it’s from a Victorian point of view. Because Edgar Rice Burrows novels were at the turn of the century, and his perception of space was very different from ours. The Martians, for example, wear breast plates and swords and helmets with wings on them. I think that’s what’s going to distinguish it [visually].”

That certainly sounds like an interesting and relatively novel approach – especially in this age, where Hollywood has become obsessed with re-fashioning classic literature to give it more of a contemporary look and feel. Now we just have to wait and see some actual John Carter footage to further gauge just how well that tactic will work.

John Carter hits theaters on March 9th, 2012.

Source: Itunes Movies Trailers

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  1. Don’t the really awful movies get released between January and April?

    I hope this is not the case. :(

  2. I have to agree with Nautius, they normally throw out the films they dont have much hope of a summer hit in those months.

    As for the poster, the concept is not good at all. It conveys nothing of what the movie should be. Being a fan of the original books and everything Burroughs I can only wonder what people who have no concept of John Carter of Mars will think when they see this image. Show some publicity stils of Taylor and Lynn Collins in full Heliumite Regalia. That would be more enticing.

  3. I love A Princess of Mars! I think this teaser poster looks great! The art style for the JCM(John Carter of Mars) looks awesome!
    I hope that logo gets made into a T-shirt, minus Kitsch in the background, cause I would wear that regardless of if the movie turns out well or not.
    Can’t wait for this to come out and I hope it’s as great as the book is!

  4. To the naysayers based solely on the release date…….seems you have forgotten or never knew about Jaws. The Summer used to be “throw away” season until Spielberg decided to release Jaws and literally created the “summer blockbuster” overnight. So who’s to say that a film can’t be good in March?

    • Thanks !

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right, i usually don’t want to go in a theater when the sun shines and its warm and bright until the late evening.
      I rather do something outside then.
      At fall or winter its more cosy to go in the theater.
      So IMAO its very illogical, that summer is the blockbustertime.

    • Believe me I am not a Naysayer, I want this movie to do very well so that they can make more movies basd on the books. My concern is that they do to this movie what they did to Soloman Kane, no hype, no promotion then throw it out on DvD after a limited release in a few select theaters. By now most films have trailers and posters out in the lobbys.

  5. Sounds absolutely…BORING.