John Carter the Elvis of the Superhero Universe

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From (with thank you to Bill Hillman) on November 15, 2012.

John Carter is the Elvis of Superheroes

Young or old, The Beatles‘ influence in music is evident. However, before the mania of The Beatles, there was Elvis. His new sound and dance moves paved the way for what is now known as rock and roll. Hence why I dubbed John Carter as the Elvis of the superhero universe (without the staying popularity). When Disney’s “John Carter” was released earlier this year, it was a commiserative failure of colossal proportions. The disaster was a result of bad trailers, bad campaigning, bad special effects, bad reviews, absence of audience, lack of a leading actor and deficiency in general knowledge of who John Carter was.

John Carter was a recurring character in the John Carter of Mars novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It’s unfortunate that there are individuals who say that John Carter is a copy cat of Superman. It’s easy to think that- both are aliens, both are aliens brought upon foreign land, both display staggering abilities and both eventually save the day. But in actuality, John Carter predates Superman by more than 25 years (Superman made his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938 while John Carter emerged in 1911). Though the term ‘superhero’ was coined following the successful catapult of Superman; John Cart

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  • “The idea of a John Carter film is brilliant and Disney’s “John Carter” isn’t that terrible of a movie. Personally, I think it showcased a much better origin story than Spider Man, Batman and Superman. If you’re big on sci-fi and fantasy, love classics and not big on graphics, give this film a shot. The movie actually gave me another reason to appreciate the genre.”

    Encouraging to read! I’d bet the film had a similar impact on many people.

  • the link posted in the comments works but not the link on the front page where it says “read more”

    I really liked John Carter but I get the issue people have with the effects. it wasn’t ground breaking. the tharks were okay. not district 9 good. the giant ape fight was done poorly.

    I think the not great effects add to the pulp feel of the film.

  • The link doesn’t seem to work.

    It’s nice to have new articles about John Carter this far from the release date, I hope it’s a good sign regarding the “legs” of the movie. But “bad special effects”, really??

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