Full Trailer for JOHN CARTER Starring Taylor Kitsch

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Good Morning America had a sneak peek of the new John Carter trailer earlier today, which probably wasn’t the best way to present a hard sell to an unfamiliar audience, not to mention a critical group of fans ready to tear into the film adaptation that dropped the most interesting half of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars. Disney followed up quickly with the full trailer that gives you a better sense of the film.  It looks big, like the event film that Disney needs it to be.

Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church, and James Purefoy star in director Andrew Stanton‘s first live-action feature. John Carter opens in 3D on March 9, 2012.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

I am optimistic.  This is my first contact with the property, so I have no sense of the story.  But I trust Stanton with the story after he spent the last decade studying at Pixar University.  If nothing else lands, the creature designs are intriguing, and the look of Mars is encouragingly massive.  Unfortunately, the best point of comparison at this stage in the promotional campaign is Green Lantern, and we all know how that turned out. Essentially, I am rooting for this to be the entertaining galactic adventure that Green Lantern failed to be.

Trailer via IGN:

Official synopsis:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” 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 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.


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  • IllusionOfLife

    The marketing for this movie so far hasn’t been stellar, but mark my words, this will be one of the must-see movies of 2012.

    Despite any marketing blunders Andrew Stanton is one of the most talented storytellers in the industry and you can expect anything with his name on it to be stunning. I mean this is the guy behind WALL•E, he not only knows his sci-fi, he knows how to tell a really compelling story with great characters.

    • Bigfiction

      Im in Stanton’s corner absolutely. The marketing isn’t representative of the final film. From what I’ve gathered, a good chunk of the story does take place on Earth, so I’m guessing the balance of the movie and its effectiveness is going to depend on how they transition between the two worlds. We have really only been shown the glitz – which is awesome – but not the magic yet… as it should be.

  • Warpcrafter

    I want to see this movie sooo bad, but I’m expecting a pretty frikkin’ good explanation for how all the Martians speak english.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Same magic that allows Kitsch to be roam shirtless on Mars.

    • nelson

      we have a human leaping like he is Kal-El but english speaking martians is too out there lol

      • geHuC

        Him leaping like kal-el can be explained by the supposedly lower gravity of mars => his muscles that developed under Earth’s stronger gravity are much better than the martians or something along those lines.

        As for everyone speaking English, i don’t suppose watching a 2h movie in which the dialogue is in an incomprehensible martian gibberish would be a fun experience :D (mind you i would definitely watch it that way with subtitles ;) )

      • Dsimolke

        Cool visuals. Kitsch does suck though. He’s just a bland dude. Even in interviews. I know it doesn’t matter how he is in person, but it seems to stick with him in movies. His face always seems to be saying “eh-he, yeah, bra, I’m Taylor Kitsch, watch me fix my eyes in the same position over and over.” And I am confused about the jumping ability. Even with the gravity issue, I would venture a guess you can’t jump like that. I know the book was written around 1920, when we knew nothing about Mars (I mean the main character in Robinson Crusoe on Mars takes his helmet off on the planet and I still love it, but that was at least 1964), but I’m afraid to say that we do now. Which is hard to ignore. I have hope for it, but Kitsch, not so much. Plus the guy actually agreed to star in Battleship.

      • Dsimolke

        And as far as them speaking English, this is just a trailer, so maybe only some of them learn English or something, and there’s still some Martian-speak. There really ought to be. How much different would Mars be from the Moon in terms of gravity and its effect on us, we couldn’t jump like that on the moon. It’s more like really slow floating.

  • book1245

    While I’m a little bummed there wasn’t a little preview of Giacchino’s music, this trailer has me even more excited!!

    • Amac

      that’s interesting you say that, cuz i didn’t think about that. i’m not sure they’re done with music yet on this film. i’m sure they have temp tracks and such, but nothing ready to show. That brings me to think that they’re actually marketing this film early in terms of production, which could explain the rather generic trailers for this movie. But really, the imagery in this trailer, from the first trailer, and the few images released say something entirely different; that this film will be utterly sensational.

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  • Strong Enough

    Disney is taking over everything. next thing you know

    “Disney’s Grand Theft Auto”
    Coming 2014

    I believe Andrew will deliver. Pete Doctor is still the best at Pixar tho!

  • Derek

    This trailer didn’t quite hit the mark for me like The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman trailers did. It didn’t get my blood pumping, or my anticipation to the point that I wish this was out now. I really hope this turns out good, but the marketing this far has been about as bad as Prince of Persia.

  • Obama

    I m the Marketing Manager .. what are u guys talking about ???

  • Leo

    I am excited for Bryan Cranston. Taylor Kitsch, i don’t really like at all. I haven’t seen much of him as an actor, but from what I have read, he is a stereotypical pretty boy(a.k.a a bitch). But Dafoe, Strong, Church, and especially Cranston can deliver as actors. I am always excited for anything Cranston is in.

    Hal just hasn’t been the same since he got cancer.

    • Leo

      I apologize,Taylor, I had you mixed up with Alex Pettyfer. Pettyfer is the one that I consider to be a bitch. Taylor, i hear by apoligize to you for calling you a bitch. (It might have been my general sense of loathing of sexy young men with such perfect bodies and no apparent flaws, or fat, or lack of gorgeous women lining up to “do the dougie” with you that made me confuse you with Pettyfer. Sorry). I guess I don’t really know who you even are.

      Regardless, long live Cranston.

      • Matt

        Glad to hear you say it. Kitsch was terrific on FNL and in TBBC.

  • John

    How many freaking times are studios going to pull in Mark Strong as their easy, go to villian? That honestly almost ruined the trailer for me.

    • englishgent

      except Mark strong plays the good guy in John Carter!!! douch!

  • Sal

    I am woried that it would be too cartoony. DOn’t get me wrong. I love cartoons. But the dialogue so far could have be taken out from a Ben 10 episode and not a very good one. Also it’s disney and we all saw what they did with Prince of persia

  • George Otwori

    Only good I can see in this is that studios will be more willing to do modern films with Pulp Heroes.

  • Marc Silveira

    It looks cool enough, but man, does its visuals resemble a little bit too much some set pieces from “Attack of the Clones” and “The Phantom Menace”.

  • Phil123

    oh look it’s Star Wars Episode II

    • Tarek

      As long as we haven’t Luca$ behind the camera, I’m okay.

    • Tarek

      If the dialogues are smart, and the characters interesting, I’m in. Sounds good so far.

    • IllusionOfLife

      *Insert “A Princess of Mars came first and Star Wars just stole from it” argument here*

  • dogg

    Whoa, better than I was expecting. That CG is polished. I love how he’s a default super hero due to the lower gravity–or at least that’s what it looks like.

  • JLC

    People should remember that this is based on a pulp series, so if it stays true to its roots, it should be a little corny and over-the-top. Nothing wrong with that. Pulp done right, like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, can be really entertaining. Plus, this is based on an actual novel, Princess of Mars, not a plotless video game like Prince of Persia. I’m cautiously optomistic, but I realize this might not appeal to modern audiences.

  • shane

    wow i am really excited about this now this could be a new star wars it look amazing!!!

  • mrbatmatt

    Still a little too Avatar meets Dune, however this trailer does make this movie look like a heck of an adventure flick!

  • Banekilla

    As I said the first time I saw that picture of the white giant ape. This looks epic. Could very well become next years sleeper hit. Some might think the story reminds them of Avatar. Well guess what, Cameron had John Carter as an inspiration when he wrote Avatar. And another ten classic stories that he stole from.

  • sannd

    You can only laugh at these pos fantasy movies today and how the older movie were incredible.

    • brenner


      LOTR movies will probably be the last good PG movie you’ll eveer see.

      Don’t expent Hobbits to shine though. It’s 50% different production than for 2001-2003, and hd cameras just shii in everything magical.

  • Michael

    Although I do like the fact that the guys who put this together used a classic Zeppelin song (like in the first full trailer for Sucker Punch), I think this looks like a bad cross between Star Wars Episode II, Prince of Persia, and Avatar. I was expecting Sam Worthington to step in and say “This…this is our land!” During the gladiator-style battles, I was expecting to see a shot of Count Dooku and Mace Windu up in a balcony. The super jumping around made it feel like they stole that directly from the Prince of Persia. I will probably still see this film, but only as a rental.

  • Dannyboy3030

    Maybe they’ll have subtitles for any Martians that may be in the audience

  • Luk

    It looks like the movie has a promise to be faithful to the novels.
    As cheese as the books are, they were full of battles and action, nothing wrong with that. This is the first time I actually considered this movie to be watchable. I hope the trailer is not hiding a bunch of crap that this movie could actually contain.

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  • João Paulo

    Is good mix of Star Wars II and Avatar. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  • Nick

    Film doesn’t look too great but man, that version of Kashmir was awesome. Where can I get it?

  • Edward

    I was so intrigued by the trailer that I looked up Edgar Rice Burroughs and found an online copy of “Princess of Mars” – on which this film is supposed to be based.

    The story seems to fit very well with the current genre of epic battle movies (the book is all about warring tribes on Mars, with a love interest thrown in, complete with daring rescue). Ironically, the book was written at the beginning of the 20th century. Guess popular interests haven’t changed that much a century later! Anyway, looking at the “official” Edgar Rice Burroughs site, they have posted some info on the plot and characters in the movie, and it seems that Disney may follow the book fairly closely.

    It looks very intriguing and I’d recommend that people read the Burroughs book to get a sense of the story. It’s imaginative – if not really great literature. More of an adventure story. But fun, nonetheless. I think the movie will also be fun, but not terribly thoughtful.

    I hope they come out with some more trailers, longer and with more depth!

  • terry

    this movie is nothing but a mash up of other cinema block busters like avatar and star wars .
    And just like avatar , the primitives need a white guy to save the day. Yawn!

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