If there’s one consistent issue plaguing the two trailers and TV spots for John Carter, it’s a lack of context. When an audience is being sold a movie, it usually helps to get a wider breadth of information on its plot, characters, and tone, but the first of those characteristics has been missing this entire time. Even the second, more detailed preview really only gives us extensive looks at the Mars landscape (when the planet’s name isn’t even mentioned), and nothing of John Carter’s time on Earth.

Anyone who wanted to see that is in luck… so long as they speak Japanese. An international preview for Andrew Stanton‘s live-action debut has popped up at CBM, and, while I don’t exactly “get” what’s transpiring on screen, even miniscule glances at worlds a little less bright increase the film’s appeal. Maybe I just needed to see something different from this thing.

Watch it below:

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ work, the action adventure also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.


From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter opens on March 9th.

Do these other aspects of John Carter make you more excited for the film?

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