WATCH: Avatar Meets Attack of the Clones in the New John Carter Trailer

Edgar Rice Burroughs created the planet-hopping hero John Carter of Mars way back in 1912 in his serialized novels about a Southern gent transported to an alien world. So why does the new trailer for John Carter, directed by Pixar vet Andrew Stanton, feel so familiar? Shades of Avatar and Attack of the Clones distract from what should be nonstop ooh-ing and aah-ing over giant CG creature effects and Taylor Kitsch in a loincloth. Then again, Taylor Kitsch in a loincloth... thank you for that, Mr. Stanton.

Or is it more of a loincloth-skort? Anyway, watch the trailer premiere courtesy of IGN:

I dig the awesome factor of John Carter's Mars-enhanced super skills; I could do without Kitsch's gravelly grumbling. But seriously, how am I supposed to ignore the Queen Amidala vibe coming off of Lynn Collins? Or the "You are ugly, but you are beautiful" grudging interspecies acceptance of an outsider human stepping in to save a lanky, tribal alien race?

Do filmmakers even realize when they're making films that are just like other films?


Verdict: It's Attack of the Avatar Clone Wars, fine. What else am I going to see on March 9?


  • casting couch says:

    A trailer full of (boring CG) spectacle, but looking like yet another movie with no brains or originality.

  • X says:

    The book was written in 1912. Who's copying who?

  • Chris says:

    Why is Jar Jar Binks acting again?

  • Ralok says:

    You have destroyed any semblance of credibility you had by calling John Carter a copy of Star Wars and avatar.

    The character is a classic character that was first concieved in 1911 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, you may know him as the creator of tarzan

    John Carter has since fought his way through Eleven Novels by Burroughs, many comic books, and even toys

    YOU FAIL!!!!!

  • ayepesladino says:

    to RALOK: he is talking about the movie, not the books, and the movie looks exactly like Clones and Avatar

  • Temis says:

    This movie looks a lot like how I'd envisioned it from the ERB books. And AOTC did, too. I figured Lucas had that in mind, what with ERB being a huge influence on Star Wars and all.

    So it's unfair to tell people adapating the original books that Lucas beat them to it, and discredited the whole idea of space opera with his craptastic prequels, and they can't do it now.

    Did Lucas' total incompetence really destroy all of space opera, for all time to come? Perhaps, but I like to think not.