Oh, John Carter. You so deserved better than how Disney treated you. Easily the biggest flop of 2012 — the “Cowboy and Aliens” of its time, if you will — Disney’s “John Carter” flopped harder than something that flops. It was so bad, Disney is expecting to lose somewhere around $250 million on the film. Ouch. It’s a good thing movie studios blow $250 million like a junkie in an alley, huh?
Anyways. Beyond the disaster that was the film’s marketing, “John Carter” had a different opening than the one you saw in theaters (or, probably more likely, didn’t see in theaters). In the nearly 4-minute deleted scene below, we open with Lynn Collins’ Mars babe Dejah Thoris giving a quick rundown of the civil war between her people and, you know, the other guys. She also introduces her fancy machine to the group. The scene was cut and replaced later in the film, albeit in a much shorter version.
Here’s the original opening. It is it any better than the one you got in theaters? Not really, but it does give a better sense of Dejah Thoris as a scientist and a potential savior of the planet, instead of just a Princess running away from a wedding.
Oh, by the way, “John Carter” arrives on DVD/Blu-ray on June 5th.