The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly features this new photo of a great White Ape from director Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs and coming to 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 9th.
Stanton tells the magazine that the White Apes are “a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness.” He says they they are “nocturnal, almost like moles they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell.”
The director added that in the film, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) “needs an army to solve his big problem in the third act, and the only army he knows was his previous captors. When he goes back, the game has changed, and he gets incarcerated. This is what he has to get out of. He has to get out of jail and not get killed by these apes in order to get his bigger problem solved.”
As you can see in the picture, Carter is chained up, which the Tharks did for entertainnment. “He has this one Superman-like ability where he can leap farther than we can here [on Earth]. But it’s like being a man on the moon. It can’t be forever. He can build up momentum… They give him a nice long length of chain, so he can bounce around, but he can’t go out of the arena.”