EW.com has the original opening scene of John Carter — the scene that was criticized but he Pixar “Braintrust” and eventually re-done into the brief narrated scene that ended up int he final movie. My own view — the scene is flabby and too long, but I would have rather seen this scene edited down into a tight 3 minutes because it contains a number of pieces of exposition that just got lost.
Now having said that — here’s the counterargument. The frame story with John Carter calling ERB, and JC’s death, takes up a lot of screen time too….and the overall amount of time it takes to get John Carter to Barsoom is already a problem — and they were clearly thinking about that.
Anyway, check it out. Interesting. Can’t embed the video so here’s the link: