First poster for Disney's John Carter (of Mars)

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Taylor Kitsch is giving his best over-the-shoulder John Carter in the first-ever poster from Andrew Stanton's John Carter of Mars movie adaptation (now just titled John Carter). Look closely — you can see some pulpy bare-chested leather chest thong action!

We're excited that the first image of Carter is of a shirtless scowl — it gives us hope that they will stay true to the very naked novel cover art! Also, it's interesting that they kept the "M" on the front of the poster even though Disney has decided to do away with the "of Mars" part of the title. Here's the official synopsis from Disney:

From Academy Award–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter" — a sweeping action — adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.


The movie will be released on 3/9/2012.