New ‘John Carter’ Trailer Offers More Aliens & Warfare

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It’s easy to forget that there have been only two theatrical trailers unveiled for director Andrew Stanton’s live-action/CGI treatment of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ sci-fi novel “A Princess of Mars”, here re-titled John Carter. There has been so much in the way of advanced footage released for the film, it almost feels as though anyone who regularly visits their local movie theater should be sick of hearing about it by now.

That’s far from the case, though, judging by the film’s weak preliminary tracking results, which suggest that awareness and interest are not that high among casual moviegoers. Hence, Disney has released a third (and final) John Carter trailer that’ll be airing on big screens around the U.S. during the week-and-a-half left until the movie hits theaters.

John Carter tells the tale of the titular character, a Civil War veteran who seeks solitude following the loss of his family. He is instead accidentally transported to Mars, an alien world where Carter discovers he can perform incredible physical feats due to the weaker gravitational pull of the red planet; a quality which soon attracts the attention of the Martian world’s warring inhabitants, including the Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and power-hungry Matai Shang (Mark Strong).

Check out the final theatrical trailer for John Carter:

An early John Carter screening for critics has helped generate more positive buzz around the film, with the consensus from those few who have seen the film being that it’s a flawed, but fun sci-fi title that delivers loads of impressive action spectacle and eye candy (see: the White Ape coliseum fight in the above trailer). Disney heads should be glad to hear that, seeing how this $250 million adaptation of a beloved century-old, sci-fi literary series is meant to serve as the first entry in a new cash-cow for the Mouse House.

We’re at the point now where’s it hard to say for certain whether John Carter is indeed going to be like the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie – which opened well enough before going on to become a bonafide box office smash thanks to word-of-mouth – or perform somewhat below expectations, like previous Disney titles which were meant to kickoff similarly lucrative franchises (see: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and TRON: Legacy).

The answer will be provided soon, as John Carter is ready to invade 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 9th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Yeeaaah definately going to see this.

  2. Where is the new avengers trailer

    • tomorrow!

  3. I am predicting southward of 25 mil for this on opening weekend. This is going to cost Disney BIG.

  4. Has anyone else seen a 3D trailer for John Carter? I did and to me it looked amazing! In my opinion it’s easily on par with Avatar.

    I don’t get why Disney hasn’t pushed the 3D aspect of the movie on their advertising. All the scenery, flying ships, big scenarios, panned shots shown in all trailers just look phenomenal on 3D! B-)

    I’m most definitely seeing this ;)

    • I agree with you the 3D in the trailer looked really good

      • Glad to know I’m not alone on this elderwand!

        I also find it weird that no one at SR has mentioned on the articles that the 3D is top notch! I have seen this kind of mentions on all 3D movies that are worth it… we’ll see how the review turns out. ;)

  5. I will see this movie for the director. Brad bird last year proved that an animated film director can make a great movie. Stanton has wrote some of pixars best movies including wall-e, finding nemo and a bugs life. He is a masterful storyteller let’s hope he has a keen eye for cinemetography

  6. Where does this movie take place?
    When does this movie take place?
    Why is that guy running around with the alien looking things?
    Why is he super?

    You’d think a trailer attempting to answer questions about a movie, that is soon going to break the theater to dvd speed record, would, y’know, answer some questions.

    • Mars.
      After our American Civil War.
      Because there’s aliens on Mars.
      The premise behind the superpowers is his human physique in reaction to the Martian gravity.

      (But then, I read the books yeaarrssss ago. That being said, one of the earlier teasers answered some of these questions…)

      • He’s also a member of the Wold Newton family. That explains it all.

        • @ Crom, good explanation, how long did that take to read aloud? About 15 seconds, and they couldn’t add it to trailers?

          Seriously, I’m not trash talking the film but it has practically zero chance given the questionable marketing.

          I mean, is there any average movie goer that knows what the heck John Carter is about? Or more importantly are there any that care?

          I believe success of this film would be good for the science fiction genre but it almost seems as if it is being deliberately sabotaged to bury the genre on SyFy channel with the WWE.

          • Never read a John Carter novel, but I knew the answers to all your questions from trailers, tv spots and interviews. Except the super strong one, and I had no problem with it as its a sci-fi movie set on a different planet. Different gravity would have been my guess if I was asked.

            From the trailers and general buzz Ive heard, I think this movie will at least break even and I wouldnt be surprised if it was a surprise hit.

  7. The marketing people have really blown it for this movie. Are the white apes supposed to be that impressive? Star Wars had lightsabers, lightspeed and a death star. Lynn Collins looks great in every sliver of a shot they have given her. Andrew Stanton directed Finding Nemo and Wall-E!! This series inspired many other Sci-fi franchises. Thankfully they had me sold at Hello but what kind of movie am I going to see. I think it is Attack of the Clones meet Prince of Persia but hopefully this one will be good.

    • To answer your question……yes, they are supposed to be impressive but in a different way. In the books they are semi intelligent creatures with the ability to use primitive weapons (like clubs), form tribal groups and communicate with one another. Think Neanderthal but 15′ tall (about the size of the Tharks (green martians) but more heavily muscled.

      Disney turned them into huge bestial creatures 20′-25′ tall with nothing more than an animal intelligence.

      The interesting thing is, they are supposed to be the same height as the Tharks but, because Disney shrunk them to about 10′ tall and increased the White Ape’s size so that scale relationship has been destroyed.

      This is a more accurate size relationship: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZnynueixVa4/SFvLc9KMGJI/AAAAAAAABD8/QCkzf7uWLXM/s400/greatwhiteapes8.jpg

      except the ape should be more bulky

  8. Saw the premiere of John carter last week it is AWESOME!!!!!

  9. Ive never read the books but this movie to me looks like the visuals and the mind numbing action is its selling point. I definitely want to see this based on what I’ve seen and what my grandfather has told me about the books

  10. havent read the books but this looks good

  11. another movie that reminds cgi video game… sad.

  12. What in the WORLD is Disney’s marketing department doing? Are they TRYING to destroy this film? Is this a bizarre plot by Rich Ross to somehow wash his hands of this by saying, “But Dick Cook greenlit it?” In any case, Disney WILL lose a fortune with these cookie-cutter trailers that offer NO indication of the plot, the subtlety, the characters, the epic scope, the majesty, the giddy fun of the movie. It looks like a bad video-game-inspired sci-fi crapfest based on this. Disney needs to one again sweep through its ENTIRE marketing department and maybe even the studio, from Ross on down, because they have become once again an arrogant Hollywood studio, not a “we-can-do-it” group of Disney-inspired creatives. (Remember what they did with things like “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Aladdin,” before they “knew” they were Disney?) At any rate, the word from the people who have actually SEEN the movie is great! Here’s a full review from a movie fan blog, and it’s another rave:

    http://thereinthedark.blogspot.com/2012/03/john-carter.html

    There will be naysayers. Sadly, even if they don’t admit it, they will be “reviewing” the crap-tastic marketing campaign and will likely draw negative comparisons to “Star Wars,” even though “John Carter” is what INSPIRED “Star Wars.” This, by the way, is the movie the “Star Wars” prequels SHOULD have been.

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