Disney recently released a second trailer for the upcoming film, John Carter. For those unfamiliar with the source material from author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, here’s a quick recap. Civil War veteran John Carter finds himself transported to the surface of Mars (known to its natives as Barsoom) where he becomes entangled in the native inhabitants’ conflicts, eventually becoming a legendary warrior and hero. The stories and setting presented in the novels. which were published between 1912 and 1943, went on to inspire and influence countless other media, including the Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting Dark Sun and James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster, Avatar.
The first teaser trailer, released back in July, focused more on establishing mood and less on the huge conflict to come. The new one, however, is all action, with plenty of shots of the native green Martians, including Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas. The epic soundtrack for the trailer is, of course, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”–a new version of the cover by the all-female string quartet, Bond with new added choral arrangements.
I’m not sure if Taylor Kitsch, better known as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine or Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, quite has the screen presence to pull of a turn as charismatic Carter; his performance feels a bit thin in the trailers to me. But still, I think I’ll have my butt plopped in a theater seat come March 9th to see how this all turns out. I have fond childhood memories of Marvel Comics’ John Carter: Warlord of Mars series, so here’s to hoping it’s at least a decent popcorn flick.