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John Carter trailer arrives from Mars

07.14.2011

Today we get our first look at JOHN CARTER, who is still of Mars despite what his title shortening would suggest.

The film stars Friday Night Light's Taylor Kitsch as the titular Carter, and this may be a rather confusing trailer for the uninitiated. It looks like a western combined with Conan the Barbarian all set on Mars, which makes for a very diverse set of scenes that don't quite seem like they fit together.

But fans of the original work might feel differently. Check it out for yourself below and let me know what you think.

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4:10PM on 07/18/2011
I'd much rather see this than any number of reboots or remakes out there. Looks good, hopefully Disney doesn't hold back too much on the action/violence.
I'd much rather see this than any number of reboots or remakes out there. Looks good, hopefully Disney doesn't hold back too much on the action/violence.
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7:15AM on 07/16/2011
Gotta tell ya, I don't even have a cursory bit of knowledge of John Carter. Blank slate, irregardless that teaser looked pretty rocking to me. It looks like something different. I'm up for that.

Who didn't immediately think of He-Man the moment you see John Carter's chest plate?
Gotta tell ya, I don't even have a cursory bit of knowledge of John Carter. Blank slate, irregardless that teaser looked pretty rocking to me. It looks like something different. I'm up for that.

Who didn't immediately think of He-Man the moment you see John Carter's chest plate?
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7:40PM on 07/15/2011
hopefully he can act better than garrett hedlund. he was terrible.
hopefully he can act better than garrett hedlund. he was terrible.
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5:58PM on 07/15/2011
Looks really cool.Kinda reminds me of the Gunslinger.
Looks really cool.Kinda reminds me of the Gunslinger.
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11:08AM on 07/15/2011
I dig the rendition of the Arcade Fire song. The film itself also looks pretty good.
I dig the rendition of the Arcade Fire song. The film itself also looks pretty good.
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4:06AM on 07/15/2011
Looks like He-Man meets Avatar meets Wild West. But I will give it a chance.
Looks like He-Man meets Avatar meets Wild West. But I will give it a chance.
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10:31PM on 07/14/2011

WTF was that!

Jesus, that'll convince me to not go see it despite all the hype being splashed about...
Jesus, that'll convince me to not go see it despite all the hype being splashed about...
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10:24PM on 07/14/2011
Ehh too much avatard not enough coherence. Looks like the next pluto nash.
Ehh too much avatard not enough coherence. Looks like the next pluto nash.
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10:11PM on 07/14/2011

Two Moon Junction

Whenever they show a planet with two moons or two suns they are always an inch apart. It's so goofy why even show it?
Whenever they show a planet with two moons or two suns they are always an inch apart. It's so goofy why even show it?
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6:53PM on 07/14/2011
I dont want to shit all over this movie yet, it looks like it might turn out to be entertaining. but they know mars has a red sky dont they? i can understand trying to save money, but when an alien planet looks exactly like utah..i may be taken out of the movie.

but fuck me, they're still a year out right? they'll probably throw some money at it and make it look more alien and such. i'll still go.
I dont want to shit all over this movie yet, it looks like it might turn out to be entertaining. but they know mars has a red sky dont they? i can understand trying to save money, but when an alien planet looks exactly like utah..i may be taken out of the movie.

but fuck me, they're still a year out right? they'll probably throw some money at it and make it look more alien and such. i'll still go.
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7:37PM on 07/14/2011
Try this trick once.

Take some of the telemetry from one of the Mars rovers like Pathfinder. Then do an auto color correction in Photoshop with it.
Try this trick once.

Take some of the telemetry from one of the Mars rovers like Pathfinder. Then do an auto color correction in Photoshop with it.
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6:16PM on 07/14/2011

this is not 100% worthy

especially after 36 comments. it's not even close to that... but im not gonna be the one to ruin it
especially after 36 comments. it's not even close to that... but im not gonna be the one to ruin it
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5:51PM on 07/14/2011

Hmmm.

IDK If I should be super stoked over this or just hate it for every single cliche in the book, plus the lame ass title change. Like I seen star wars in this, cowboys and aliens, clash of the titans, 300, and countless other films. But hey I love movies like this. And was that oliva wilde in there too. If so i am even more stoked she's beautiful.
IDK If I should be super stoked over this or just hate it for every single cliche in the book, plus the lame ass title change. Like I seen star wars in this, cowboys and aliens, clash of the titans, 300, and countless other films. But hey I love movies like this. And was that oliva wilde in there too. If so i am even more stoked she's beautiful.
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4:06PM on 07/18/2011
It's not Oliva Wilde it's the chick from Wolverine actually. Considering the book is 100 years old, I'm sure it wasn't cliche then...
It's not Oliva Wilde it's the chick from Wolverine actually. Considering the book is 100 years old, I'm sure it wasn't cliche then...
5:49PM on 07/14/2011
Captain America's fucking shield... "I'm Captain America, it's fantastic" That ad video must change. Hell, I'd even take that T-mobile video, just please no more shield info.
Captain America's fucking shield... "I'm Captain America, it's fantastic" That ad video must change. Hell, I'd even take that T-mobile video, just please no more shield info.
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4:58PM on 07/14/2011

Kitsch

He convinced me as Tim Riggins, he's got the acting chops

This looks pretty damn promising
He convinced me as Tim Riggins, he's got the acting chops

This looks pretty damn promising
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4:27PM on 07/14/2011

Cool news.

First Conan, next year John Carter, hope Red Sonja comes soon to continue the sword & swashbuckling film comeback.Never was interested in John Carter Warlord of Mars till the recent adaptation from Dynamite comics. I'm eager to see it but disappointed that they don't show as much skin in the movie trailer as they do in the comic.
First Conan, next year John Carter, hope Red Sonja comes soon to continue the sword & swashbuckling film comeback.Never was interested in John Carter Warlord of Mars till the recent adaptation from Dynamite comics. I'm eager to see it but disappointed that they don't show as much skin in the movie trailer as they do in the comic.
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3:35PM on 07/14/2011
That got me excited. Can't wait.
That got me excited. Can't wait.
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3:29PM on 07/14/2011
This doesn't look very exciting. Maybe when it gets closer to be released they'll show more interesting clips
This doesn't look very exciting. Maybe when it gets closer to be released they'll show more interesting clips
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3:14PM on 07/14/2011
After WALL E and Finding Nemo, I'd be downright shocked if Stanton didn't produce a great film here. I thought this worked as a teaser trailer, sure nothing TOO insane happens, but if it did then people would be saying it gave away too much anyway.

Looking forward to really getting a glance at Dafoe, Strong, and even Church to a lesser extent. One of my most anticipated of next year.
After WALL E and Finding Nemo, I'd be downright shocked if Stanton didn't produce a great film here. I thought this worked as a teaser trailer, sure nothing TOO insane happens, but if it did then people would be saying it gave away too much anyway.

Looking forward to really getting a glance at Dafoe, Strong, and even Church to a lesser extent. One of my most anticipated of next year.
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6:49PM on 07/14/2011
True, although I think Disney just overestimated it by a long shot. I mean a film starring Jeff Bridges and a bunch of people casual audiences haven't heard of grossing $400 million worldwide is pretty damn great I think.
True, although I think Disney just overestimated it by a long shot. I mean a film starring Jeff Bridges and a bunch of people casual audiences haven't heard of grossing $400 million worldwide is pretty damn great I think.
2:56PM on 07/14/2011
Taking "Of Mars" out of the title feels like a foolish marketing decision now that I've seen this trailer. People unfamiliar with the source material aren't even going to be able to tell the movie takes place on another planet after watching this. And like someone said before me, there's no "wow" moment here. It's just a teaser, but you only get one first impression, and when it comes to unproven material you need to put your best foot forward.

Some credit should be given to Disney for
Taking "Of Mars" out of the title feels like a foolish marketing decision now that I've seen this trailer. People unfamiliar with the source material aren't even going to be able to tell the movie takes place on another planet after watching this. And like someone said before me, there's no "wow" moment here. It's just a teaser, but you only get one first impression, and when it comes to unproven material you need to put your best foot forward.

Some credit should be given to Disney for taking chances with some of their tent-pole releases (TRON: Legacy and now this), but Legacy ended up being a financial disappointment and I see John Carter headed in the same direction.

No matter, they can always fall back on a much more reliable John: Johnny Depp.
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3:13PM on 07/14/2011
TRON: Legacy doubled it's budget worldwide and was greenlit for a sequel.
TRON: Legacy doubled it's budget worldwide and was greenlit for a sequel.
4:12PM on 07/14/2011
True that. And I'm glad they'll have the chance to improve on an inferior movie. But the film's gross was hardly the blockbuster Disney had promoted it as.
True that. And I'm glad they'll have the chance to improve on an inferior movie. But the film's gross was hardly the blockbuster Disney had promoted it as.
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2:52PM on 07/14/2011
Smells like a rental to me.
Smells like a rental to me.
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2:44PM on 07/14/2011
I just noticed they have the initial Mars in that little insignia at the end. Compromise maybe?
I just noticed they have the initial Mars in that little insignia at the end. Compromise maybe?
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2:12PM on 07/14/2011

not sure...

what to think. I am intrigued a little, but it seems like it won't be my type of movie.
what to think. I am intrigued a little, but it seems like it won't be my type of movie.
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2:06PM on 07/14/2011
I'm looking forward to the movie, but afraid that this will be more kid-friendly than marketed to adults. I blame Disney for that.
I'm looking forward to the movie, but afraid that this will be more kid-friendly than marketed to adults. I blame Disney for that.
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1:47PM on 07/14/2011
Are you guys kidding? That trailer looked awesome. I was a bit unsure of Taylor Kitsch but Andrew Stanton is a big draw. This looks great.
Are you guys kidding? That trailer looked awesome. I was a bit unsure of Taylor Kitsch but Andrew Stanton is a big draw. This looks great.
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1:41PM on 07/14/2011
Looks boring and unbalanced. But then again, I don't know squat about the book. Also, I'm Captain America. This is fantastic.
Looks boring and unbalanced. But then again, I don't know squat about the book. Also, I'm Captain America. This is fantastic.
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1:37PM on 07/14/2011
too Prince of Persia like for my taste but i'll just wait til march to judge this one. I have hope for it with Stanton helming.
too Prince of Persia like for my taste but i'll just wait til march to judge this one. I have hope for it with Stanton helming.
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1:29PM on 07/14/2011
No clue what I just saw, but it looks like it could be entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing in this trailer particularly excites.
No clue what I just saw, but it looks like it could be entertaining. Unfortunately, nothing in this trailer particularly excites.
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12:47PM on 07/14/2011

Not for nothing

but absolutely nothing sticks out in that trailer. What was the cool part?
but absolutely nothing sticks out in that trailer. What was the cool part?
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1:33PM on 07/14/2011
For me at least, the cool part is the fact that it's not a retread. That they're tackling a new adaptation that hasn't been done on this scale.
For me at least, the cool part is the fact that it's not a retread. That they're tackling a new adaptation that hasn't been done on this scale.
2:36PM on 07/14/2011
at the same time, i feel like ive seen this already.
at the same time, i feel like ive seen this already.
12:28PM on 07/14/2011

Fix the title.

But it was cool as shit.
But it was cool as shit.
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12:03PM on 07/14/2011

I'm definitely intrigued

But did Mars Needs Moms really do that poorly where they don't even want to mention Mars anywhere?
But did Mars Needs Moms really do that poorly where they don't even want to mention Mars anywhere?
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12:08PM on 07/14/2011
Yeah, I have a feeling that without mentioning Mars, those who are unfamiliar with the books will think this to be a Cowboys Vs. Aliens knock off.
Yeah, I have a feeling that without mentioning Mars, those who are unfamiliar with the books will think this to be a Cowboys Vs. Aliens knock off.
12:55PM on 07/14/2011
Funny you should say that, jjrakman.. I know nothing of John Carter and that's the first thing I thought of, that it looked like a CVA knockoff.
Funny you should say that, jjrakman.. I know nothing of John Carter and that's the first thing I thought of, that it looked like a CVA knockoff.
2:30PM on 07/14/2011
But that shouldn't matter should it? Isn't the book called something else, like Princess of Mars?
But that shouldn't matter should it? Isn't the book called something else, like Princess of Mars?
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12:02PM on 07/14/2011

From the guy who did Wall-E

I'm intrigued. never read the books but the trailer piqued my interest and Andrew Stanton is the shit.
I'm intrigued. never read the books but the trailer piqued my interest and Andrew Stanton is the shit.
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11:57AM on 07/14/2011

Looks incredible...

For just a teaser, my interest is peaked. Great mood.
For just a teaser, my interest is peaked. Great mood.
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11:49AM on 07/14/2011
Looks true to the book...the princess wasn't green..she's looks human in the book but with slightly red skin..which is how she looks in the teaser
Looks true to the book...the princess wasn't green..she's looks human in the book but with slightly red skin..which is how she looks in the teaser
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12:07PM on 07/14/2011
That was it. Thanks.
That was it. Thanks.
11:44AM on 07/14/2011
Trailer looks good so far.

But I'm interested in hearing from folks who are more familiar with the original work, how does this initial impression stack up?

It's been a while since I read it, but I don't remember the princess(?) appearing as completely human. Didn't she have an off skin color, like green or something?
Trailer looks good so far.

But I'm interested in hearing from folks who are more familiar with the original work, how does this initial impression stack up?

It's been a while since I read it, but I don't remember the princess(?) appearing as completely human. Didn't she have an off skin color, like green or something?
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11:42AM on 07/14/2011

@DannyXander

It's a cover of Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage".
It's a cover of Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage".
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5:04PM on 07/14/2011
Performed by Peter Gabriel.
Performed by Peter Gabriel.
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11:42AM on 07/14/2011
The music makes it look and feel different then most other movies from Disney, but a couple of the shots in the trailer reminded me of Cowboys VS Aliens
The music makes it look and feel different then most other movies from Disney, but a couple of the shots in the trailer reminded me of Cowboys VS Aliens
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11:36AM on 07/14/2011
Looks interesting. Anyone know what the music is from?
Looks interesting. Anyone know what the music is from?
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11:34AM on 07/14/2011

eh

it gives me a Prince of Persia 2 vibe. And that can't be good.
it gives me a Prince of Persia 2 vibe. And that can't be good.
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