International Movie Posters for John Carter and Prometheus
01.23.12 by BJSprecher
A pair of new international movie posters for two of this year's biggest sci-fi movies have been released online. Disney has put together a poster for the Japanese release of John Carter that plays up the sci-fi angle while playing down the fantasy elements by placing title actor Taylor Kitsch in the foreground in John Carter's Earthly attire, with flying machines and an alien cityscape in the background, rather than the John Carter-as-barbarian fighting, riding, or fleeing from monsters images that have characterized the domestic posters.
John Carter was written (with Michael Chabon) and directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) and is based on the first novel in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom (Mars) series about a Civil War veteran (Kitsch) who is mysteriously transported to the red planet and quickly becomes involved in a conflict between warring races. The cast includes Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris, James Purefoy as Kantos Kan, Samantha Morton as Sola, Dominic West as Sab Than, Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas, Thomas Haden Church as Tal Hajus, Polly Walker as Sarkoja, Ciarán Hinds as Tardos Mors, Mark Strong as Matai Shang, and Bryan Cranston as Powell. It opens opens March 9th (April 13th in Japan).
While the international poster for John Carter departed significantly from the domestic versions, the new international teaser poster for Fox's Prometheus is virtually identical to the domestic version, except that the image has been lightened significantly, giving us a much better look at the monolithic head that dominates the poster and a glimpse at some very Alien-looking architecture in the background.
Prometheus was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott, who directed the original Alien movie that launched the decades-spanning franchise. The script was written by Damon Lindelof (Cowboys and Aliens) from a script originally written by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour). The cast includes Michael Fassbender as David, Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers, Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw, Idris Elba as Captain Janek, Guy Pearce as Stannison, Kate Dickie as Mudow, and Rafe Spall as Milburn. Logan Marshall-Green and Patrick Wilson also star. Prometheus opens June 8th.