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First Look At The White Apes In ‘John Carter’ Is Kind Of A Spoiler

First Look At The White Apes In 'John Carter' Is Kind Of A Spoiler

When the first tailer for “John Carter” dropped earlier this year, it was undoubtedly wonderful to look at but also kind of enigmatic. For those not familiar with the books, it was hard to glean exactly what was happening or even what the film was about, and anecdotally speaking, when we’ve seen the trailer in theaters, audiences have seemed a bit puzzled as well. With the release date on the very expensive movie (rumored to be as costly as $300 million) now just a few short months away, the campaign is going to gear up considerably. And this holiday weekend brings us a new look at the movie from EW and it’s a bit of spoiler. Sort of.

Director Andrew Stanton talks with the magazine and reveals that the creature you are looking at is one of the White Apes, present in the original novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but not a particularly important element of the story. But considering how often they are mentioned, Stanton wanted them to be part of the movie and something that would be a bit of a last act reveal. “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,” he explained. “Then Michael Kutsche — who did a lot of the designs on ‘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?”

So in short, Stanton wanted the audience to wonder about this creature before it made an appearance, but then decided, what the hell, we’ll just show it to you now. Okay, then. And as he continues to explain, this scene is from the third act of the movie. “I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but basically he needs an army to solve his big problem in the third act, and the only army he knows was his previous captors. When he goes back, the game has changed, and he gets incarcerated. This is what he has to get out of. He has to get out of jail and not get killed by these apes in order to get his bigger problem solved,” he says.

So yeah, our early look at the movie is from a sequence near the end of the movie. We understand trying to sell the sizzle but we hope they don’t give away the meat before the movie even comes out. “John Carter” will dazzle your eyeballs on March 9th.

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Is this what publicity has come to, a director explaining that he wanted to surprise the audience with a big reveal….that's shown months before we even see it in a theater?

This entire movie…something is just not right. Why would Disney allow this image to go out? And the White Ape has all the detail and originality of the giant monster at the end of the Coneheads movie. The actor is clearly on a green screen. Truly embarrassing.


I have high hopes for this, being Andrew Stanton, but this dude looks like every other f*cking movie monster. Right down to the stand-still-bellowing-scream thing.

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