Well, to start, Disney messed with the title.
The recent movie, Disney’s John Carter was a failure, or at least that’s what the pundits would have you believe. There will not be a sequel.
Now, to some of this, the “failure” of the film is a real head-scratcher. Yes, the story was a mixture of more than one of the Barsoom books, but that didn’t make me any less interested.
I found the story compelling, and close enough to the books to be in no way offended. The special effects were wonderful, the action excellent, and the description of the near-superman powers of John Carter were well done.
So why did it fail?
With a budget of $250 million, with good actors, a decent story, and excellent effects why didn’t this movie make it?
Some are saying the title had a lot to do with it (writers, take heed). A more appropriate title might have been “John Carter of Mars” which would have gone some ways to waking up people who had not read the classic novels that this was both a sword and science romp.