13 March 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, James Kirk, Luke Skywalker. Bleep those guys; as an interplanetary adventurer, John Carter has 'em all beat by at least ten years. Bringing the star of Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of Barsoom novels to the screen has been a long-sought-after passion project for a number of filmmakers, including Bob Clampett, Ray Harryhausen, John McTiernan, and Robert Rodriguez, but it was Andrew Stanton -- previously known for his work at Pixar, including directing Finding Nemo and Wall-e -- who finally got the chance, with Disney as his generous backer. Now his big-budget, live-action debut (laced with a healthy portion of computer-generated characters) John Carter, based on the debut tale A Princess of Mars, has come to the big screen, with Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe starring. beabetterbooktalker.com's Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique's Lawrence French and Dan Persons to to soak in the magnificent vistas »

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