New John Carter clips try to pave the way

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With less than a month to the premiere of JOHN CARTER, Disney is releasing all kinds of new goodies, to try to explain why you should see this.

In “Canyon Escape” we see John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) using his Earthian leaping powers to escape from a canyon full of Tharks.

In Legacy, Kitsch, co-star Lynn Collins (Dejah Thoris) and director Andrew Stanton all try to explain why JOHN CARTER is the coolest thing ever—which is their way of acknowledging that most of the stuff in the trailer looks like stuff from George Lucas and James Cameron because George Lucas and James Cameron were hugely influenced by John Carter and ripped it off constantly for their own movies. Which is kinda what Stanton hints at.


In this brief feature for AMC theaters, Stanton explains that you should really go see this movie because he really loved the books.

Although none of these seem all that compelling as sales points…well, from what we’ve seen, this movie looks pretty kick-ass, with death-defying escapes and leaping and fighting and green guys.

Not yet shown: Alone among ALL FANTASY MOVIE SERIES we will learn that the monster race has FEMALES. That’s right. There are no female orcs or Stormtroopers, but there are female Tharks. Who always seem to have boobs even though they are oviparous. Oh well.

Comments

  1. The thark women don’t have breasts in the movie, take another look instead of making it up in your head. And come on, if you know they’re oviparous , then you know the other truth about Star Wars and others source being John Carter. You should be rooting for this ( which I hear is a great film ) not pissing on it.

  2. Brad Ricca says:

    Still nerd-sighing about the title, but it looks really phenomenal.

    The Beat has been -the- biggest proponent of all things Barsoom for YEARS.

  3. But, why not add the “of Mars” tag to the title?

  4. Shawn Kane says:

    I loved the Marvel Wolfman/Gil Kane comic when I was a kid, I really want to see this!

  5. Brad Ricca says:

    maybe they were scared people would think it was the sequel to “Mars Needs Moms.” I really hope that’s wrong. “A Princess of Mars” is the most mysterious/alluring title in science-fiction, I think. Now it will be in the end credits.

    Hey Shawn — they re-released the whole run of the comic as a massive Omnibus! check amazon

  6. I read a quote somewhere that broke it down like this: The movie isn’t called “A Princess of Mars” because boys won’t go see a movie with princess in the title, and girls won’t see a movie with mars in the title.

    So they’ll tag the Mars part back on for the sequels once everyone already knows the property. That’s the (highly focus grouped) idea.

  7. “I read a quote somewhere that broke it down like this: The movie isn’t called “A Princess of Mars” because boys won’t go see a movie with princess in the title, and girls won’t see a movie with mars in the title.”

    It was the director who said that (I believe in a short Bleeding Cool interview) as his reason for changing the title. Which sounded nuts. Then again, I’m sure that if there’s a sequel they’ll have to change the title from “The Gods of Mars” otherwise the Religious Right will have fits.

    In a related bit, here’s a quick plug for my company’s edition of A Princess of Mars; mine’s got illustrations! :D http://www.starwarpconcepts.com/?page_id=882

  8. Matthew Southworth says:

    “maybe they were scared people would think it was the sequel to “Mars Needs Moms.”

    Monsters Inc and Monsters Ball were released a week apart in 2001; that confusion surely must’ve created some dramatic childhood memories.

  9. Sphinx Magoo says:

    Let’s see if that “if it weren’t for John Carter, we wouldn’t have Star Wars or Avatar” meme works for them. Whether it works or not might be a good indicator on whether it’d work for a Doc Savage movie… “If it weren’t for Doc Savage, you wouldn’t have either Superman OR Batman! So there!”

  10. DrWorm says:

    I’m sure another reason is that there is already another “Princess of Mars” movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1531911/). I’m sure Disney want’s to stake their own unique title claim.

  11. Shawn Kane says:

    Thanks Brad!

  12. pulphope says:

    KAOR, righteous fellow!

  13. patrick ford says:

    I got interested in comic books by way of ERB. In fact ERB was my Silver Age. It wasn’t until I burned through all of his books that I began buying comics in 1970. My ERB fixation is so strong I’ve been a BB for ages, and eagerly read Marcia of the Doorstep when it was published around ten years ago.
    Not one bit of interest in this though, if I wanted a Barsoom fix I’d just reread the first three books, or maybe “Mastermind.”

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