JOHN CARTER is coming in March, and several stills have just been released. From EW, there’s a picture of John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) fighting a giant white ape. Director Andrew Stanton told EW:

“They were always cool, just from a visceral standpoint, [but] they don’t really have a narrative function in the first book. So what we did is we made the White Apes a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness. There’s a subtle sense of anticipation for what these things might be like. Then Michael Kutsche — who did a lot of the designs on [the Johnny Depp movie] Alice in Wonderland – came up with this design on his own, for just their scale. He made them nocturnal, almost like moles — they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell. We just love that. We needed a scene where Carter was going have to get out of his execution sentence in order to move the story forward, and we thought what better than having to go up against this formidable creature?”

While that looks pretty swell, so do six more stillsreleased, revealing Woola, Tars Tarkas, and a very clothed Dejah Thoris. Well, this is a Disney movie.








  1. I don’t see a “rancor swipe” but people have feel like they’re clever observers. Dejah Thoris’ considerable attire is too bad but then so is John Carter’s short kilt because neither of these characters are going to display their gluteous maximus to their kids (even if John Carter’s adventures were not written for kids and the aforementioned protective mom has a boob tattoo and dad has the porn channel on demand, ah, modern parenting). On a positive note this may not be my John Carter but it does look like he’s in going to reside in a place close to him, at least, so far. I actually like the great white ape variation even if I think it was unnecessary it still fits close enough. My hope is that this is at least in the same realm as Burroughs’ intentions because, man oh MAN, have the directors dropped the ball on Conan (three time’s the charm?) Solomon Kane (now a reformed scum bag driven to good on threat of residing in hell), Kull (yawn) and so many bad Tarzan movies that all hope is gone (Greystoke didn’t need the contrived PC but was otherwise decent). I’m crippling my fingers crossing them all the time.