John Carter: First Trailer & Poster

Posted by Grey Saturday, July 16, 2011

Behold! Edgar Rice Burroughs' timeless character, John Carter of Mars, is brought back to life in Disney's John Carter. Yes. Just John Carter.

Like Tarzan, John Carter of Mars has been one of the timeless iconic hero of literature created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, prone to countless adaptations for generations to come. And for this generation, the material might just in some of the best hands yet.

For those unfamiliar with the character, here's a quick summary of the convoluted history of the iconic hero. First created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in A Princess of Mars, the first part of an eventual eleven book series of fictional action adventure set on Mars that was dubbed the "Barsoom" saga that was serialized as Under the Moons of Mars in the February to July 1912 issues of the magazine All-Story, John Carter has been the stereotype classical hero fighting on an alien land against harsh environment and gaining the trust and respects of initially hostile habitants of the strange place.

John Carter was originally the conventional Virginian hero, having served as a captain in the American Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. After the war, he struck fortune after finding gold in Arizona but was attacked by the hostile Apaches. Hiding in a cave, he later found himself transported mysteriously to Mars, where he eventually found his path as the saviour between the several warring factions of the planet. Winning the hand of very much sought-after Martian princess Dejah Thoris of Helium, he later sacrifice himself in a final battle to save Barsoom.

The character has been made popular in the late great artist Frank Frazetta's work on covers for the paperback editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs titles. It was also recently made into an Asylum film featuring prominent former porn actress Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris meant to cash in James Cameron's Avatar in 2009.

Following Brad Bird's first-ever live-action directing gig on the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, John Carter also marks the first live-action directorial debut of director Andrew Stanton, who was incidentally the director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, both the winner of the respective year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. And with that kind of credentials and a potential effective riff of a timeless subject, Disney can already count us in for this one. While many fans of the original novels might cry over the title (having John Carter losing the namesake "of Mars"), it seems Stanton has a masterplan in place for the unique name change. Check out the interview with Andrew Stanton conducted by Collider for more intriguing details.

With awesome otherworldly visuals, action-packed swordplay, and Peter Gabriel doing a cover of an Arcade Fire song, hit the jump to check out the swash-buckling trailer (head over to Apple to watch in HD).



Here's the first poster of the film, featuring Taylor Kitsch (formerly Gambit from the god-awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as John Carter, completed with some Martian tattoo-esque art style font for the title.

And here are some of the cool screenshots from the trailer, thankfully extracted by the folks at iO9. In addition, iO9 has made an exceptional screen-by-screen analysis on the trailer. Head over there for more details.















For those unfamiliar with Frank Frazetta's legendary rendition of John Carter of Mars, here are a few of these classic paintings for your reference.



Distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, John Carter is currently scheduled to be released in the United States on March 9th, 2012.

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