‘John Carter’: Fan-Made Trailer, Mondo Poster, & Early Reviews

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 13th, 2012 at 2:36 pm,

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Disney is pushing hard for its John Carter adaptation to become a ticket-selling smash when it hits theaters next month, but early tracking results are not boding well for the film’s box office prospects. Many people have chalked that up to the bulk of the movie’s marketing material, which has mostly painted the classic sci-fi literary adaptation as a bland “Disney-fied” variation on such effects-heavy blockbuster properties as Star Wars and Avatar (and other thematic descendants of author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ trendsetting John Carter source material, ironically enough).

Today, however, we have new material in the form of a nicely structured fan-made mashup trailer, a beautiful Mondo poster, and the release of several entertainment journalists’ Twitter reactions to John Carter (spoiler: they’re largely positive). All of these items suggest that director Andrew Stanton’s adaptation may turn out much better than Disney’s official marketing campaign has indicated.

That aforementioned fan-designed trailer for John Carter is a little rough around the edges in terms of editing and image quality, but does a much better job of outlining the film’s storyline and introducing its characters than pretty much any of the official trailers or TV spots released to date have.

Hence, to learn more about John Carter in general you should watch the actual trailer (see below):

Next, there’s a new Mondo poster for John Carter (designed by J.C. Richard) online; Hero Complex also says that copies will be handed out to patrons who attend IMAX 3D midnight premiere screenings of the film. It’s a lovely piece of artwork that encompasses the cosmic atmosphere of the film by revealing the titular hero (Taylor Kitsch) surveying the vast Martian landscape, as can be seen here:

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Early John Carter Reviews…

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Last (but not least) here are several early Twitter reactions to John Carter from some renowned members of the movie blogosphere:

John Campea (AMC): John Carter (aka John Carter of Mars) is MUCH better than it looks. A great sci-fi film. Plan on seeing it!


Edward Douglas (Coming Soon): My earlier John Carter tweet was just me being a brat… I did like it quite a bit and can’t wait to see it again, hopefully in IMAX!


Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) JOHN CARTER Twitter embargo is listed! I can say that I will be giving the film a Fresh review… There are scenes in JOHN CARTER that are all-timers. Some brilliant work. But there are also a LOT of problems with the film… Hopefully, the internet will be able to put aside binary ‘It sucks/It rocks’ stuff and look at JOHN CARTER as a movie w/good and bad aspects.


Drew McWeeny (HitFix): I am no longer in danger of being killed for saying I quite liked “John Carter.” Full reviews are still embargoed, though.


Steven Weintraub (Collider): JOHN CARTER is a great movie. For 2 hours I was transported to another time and place. Can’t wait to see it again. Don’t miss it… Also the effects were amazing. The action scenes inspiring. And the music was fantastic. Seriously… JOHN CARTER is not to be missed.


Jen Yamato (Movieline): I really dug John Carter, but it’s got problems. For starts: Another journalist told me they didn’t understand the plot. At all.


So, based on early buzz, it sounds like John Carter is a flawed but overall thrilling piece of sci-fi cinema that delivers all the grand-scale action and spectacle that Disney’s been promising. Here’s hoping the film is as solid as these early comments indicate and that the positive word-of-mouth helps pave the way for this project to become a (sleeper?) box office hit that kicks off a great new franchise.

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

Source: John Carter Files (via Badass Digest), LA Times, Twitter (via CBM)

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  1. I’m seeing it, but my expectations are not high.

  2. I have no interest in this movie whatsoever. I’m tired of video-game-looking movies.

    • It may look like a video game, but you have to realize it comes from such great source material that you can’t just call it some Special Effects extravaganza

      • Ya but the trailers make no effort whatsoever to show any of this great source material. It looks like Avatar for children.

  3. this is a film that I really want to be awesome, the source material has so much potential for a great sci-fi/action-adventure series of films!

    • I agree but am still irked about them choosing to change most of the descriptions to suit themselves and not be true to the books (nudity not withstanding ;) ) Doing so kills off many of the plots from the series.

  4. s they say, no publicity is bad publicity. I had(and still have) no interest in this movie before people started talking about how much a flop it was potentially going to be, tbh, i barely knew of it’s existence before then.

    • Coming from someone who seems to have nothing better to do than troll, seriously, get a life

  5. That was a better trailer than any of the TV spots. Get that person on the marketing team!

  6. Anybody seen the Carter movie from a few years back. Cheesy, but fun. This version is similar plotwise.

  7. Looks tolerably watchable, on my Netflix list.

  8. Could be a one of the greatest Movies to come out in years !
    Just wish it succeeds….I want more !

  9. First off, if you even remotely like these kinds of stories and films we should all be rooting for this movie not trying to condemn it before it even opens. This is not meant to be Prometheus, it was and is the source for Lucas and Cameron and many others to create “other world” adventure stories of heroes, villians, powerful dangerous creatures, exotic cultures and beautiful damsels in distress. Fun stuff.

    Although the ideas may have become cliched by now, I prefer to see this as archetype. The visuals are certainly up to modern standards and the heart of this movie is in good hands with Mr. Stanton. This last part is what we are not seeing in 60 second commercials. This movie will not be a souless Prince of Persia, it is going to have Pixar level character and feeling along with all the eye candy. The poster just sealed the deal with me, I’m going and buying my midnight Imax ticket today if they are selling them yet. Have faith and let’s try and make the movie a success and not a failure, Duh.

    • Hey, the voice of reason. How did THAT happen? Seriously though,
      I can’t believe the bitterness of some of the online comments, particularly where the Disney name gets kicked. The reality is Disney was willing to get behind this epic; everything else was just alot of talk and no real action. And Stanton has been and still is totally committed to making this true to Burrough’s vision. Yes, I’ve been less than thrilled with some of the marketing, but I will definitely be seeing this.

      • I hate to be the bearer of bad news but they are not, “totally committed to making this true to Burrough’s vision”. Nudity aside for obvious reasons, they have deviated from Burrough’s vision at nearly every turn which I find pretty disappointing. Not saying it will be a failure however.

  10. There is an early non-review review (due to apparent embargo) here, and it is glowing:


  11. I wonder who Disney paid off for these unusually good reviews.

    • Probably the same people Pixar paid off to give John Carter director Andrew Stanton’s last two projects glowing reviews. Heck, it could be the same person who paid the academy to give him the Oscar for best animated feature film too, corrupt bastarFs.

    • I disagree with your comment. The movie is fantastic. I want to say Disney was stupid in their marketing of it, but the reality is, no Hollywood studio could market this thing because it actually has a brain in its head.

      Remember 35 years ago, when there was another movie set a long time ago, about a guy on a desert planet who meets a princess who is trying to save her people in the midst of a civil war, and how a soldier of fortune helps save them all from a moving city that has control over a death ray? They could barely get 35 theaters to play the movie, it was deemed such a disaster, the kind of movie no one in their right mind would want to see.

      One big, big thing that movie had going for it was an epic poster that conveyed the scope, story and characters. At LEAST they could have tried the same with this one.

  12. Here’s the full review from “There in the Dark,” which did a “teaser” review last week. 4.5/5.