The rest of the world is waiting until March 9 to see “John Carter” but thanks to the Hero Complex IMAX Screening Series you can visit the kingdoms of Mars on Feb. 27 in Burbank. Even better? It’s free.
“John Carter” director Andrew Stanton will be on hand for the event, too, and after the movie he’ll be interviewed onstage by Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher. With “John Carter,” the two-time Oscar winner is making his live-action film debut after a sparkling run at Pixar, where he wrote and directed “Finding Nemo” and “WALL-E.”
“John Carter” is a digital-era epic but the title character is celebrating his 100th birthday this year. The adventure hero was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his Barsoom series — Barsoom is what Martians call their home planet — and his battles and strange discoveries spanned 11 novels over 30 years and won over generations of readers, including fantasy fans named George Lucas, James Cameron and (no surprise) Stanton.
For this new Disney screen epic, Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”) portrays John Carter, a world-weary Civil War veteran who finds himself transported to distant Mars, where treachery and a mysterious energy weapon threaten the entire world. As he travels the alien landscape, he meets friends and foes — Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe), Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), Tal Hajus (Thomas Haden Church) and Matai Shang (Mark Strong).
“John Carter” is just the latest IMAX movie that our readers get to see free and early. The Hero Complex IMAX Screening Series offers the biggest movies and puts them on the biggest screens — and after the credits roll we present onstage Q&As with elite filmmakers and stars. We also film the events and post video here on the website so you can revisit events such as our screenings of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” “Thor,” “Real Steel,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and “Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
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