Is There Hope For JOHN CARTER OF MARS?

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Is There Hope For JOHN CARTER OF MARS?
By the looks of these two new television ads, there just might be a chance that this film delivers at least some of the goods properly. From the aborted Bob Clampett animated version in the 1930's, to the once-a- generation book reprints, to the numerous comic adaptions, Edgar Rice Burroughs' bi-planetary hero has always taken a back seat to a certain King Of The Jungle.

That may, or may not, all change come March 9, 2012, when John Carter Of Mars hits screens everywhere.

produced under the Disney banner, and adapted/directed by Andrew Stanton (WALL-E, Finding Nemo) who is taking his first foray into live-action film making, the theatrical trailers that have dropped have been a bit disappointing, coming off more like one of the later Star Wars entries, than the baroque, yet futuristic world Mr. Burroughs initially imagined. I do say though, that these two recent television ads come off, ahem, worlds better, and have renewed some hope that the film I've been waiting for since I was 6 years old, just might be a reality. Below, you can check out the two new spots in one easy to watch video, as well as what could have been as far as the animated version from Bob Clampett back in the 1940's.


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hiroaki.jDecember 19, 2011 5:20 PM

Everything from the lead and his He-Man harness to the aliens just looks like complete shit. :(

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonDecember 20, 2011 12:52 PM

The He-Man harness is straight outta the Frazetta art for the paperbacks, so at least it's in keeping with the look people like me grew up with as kids.

hiroaki.jDecember 20, 2011 11:10 PM

This is kind of like the X-Men dilemma. Do you slavishly attempt to recreate the costumes of the comic, or do you adapt them for your cast and medium?


Harness plus another actor might be fine, but I think the guy looks ridiculous. And don't get me wrong, I'm not rooting for the property to tank. It's simply that I can't help but think based on all the marketing materials that this will fail to do the series justice.