Monday, December 12, 2011

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Trailer Drops with A Lot Less Cobra Commander But A Lot More Ninjas

Jonesy here. Okay. I admit I did not see the first G.I. JOE in theaters. It looked silly and boring. However, I was proven wrong when Javi sat me down and made me watch it once it came on Netflix Instant.

So, we have been excited for the upcoming sequel from The Rock and Bruce Willis casting to being directed by one of our favorite darlings, Jon Chu (STEP UP 3D).....until the big casting news that Joseph Gordon Levitt would NOT be reprising his role as Cobra Commander (and really, he pretty much made the first film).

Now we have our first look at the upcoming sequel (via Machinima):

Okay. I am in no way familiar with the show, toys or comics; however, it appears the campy fun of the first movie is back! Ninja fight on a mountain side? I'm in! Since the first movie received less than stellar love from audiences, it seems the studio is banking Bruce Willis to draw in crowds for this film. With next summer being jam packed with "highly anticipated" movies, it'll be interesting to see how this will fair being released a week after BRAVE and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER and days before THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN.

Javi: Just wanted to chime in real quick with some thoughts. To preface for those not cool and in the know, I loved the crap out of the first one for basically being a live cartoon. It was campy as all hell, cheesy, and I mean people called each other by their code names without an ounce of irony; you try calling someone Storm Shadow without wanting to laugh. But regardless, it was just ridiculous fun. With this trailer, my first reaction was that I was so bummed that Joseph Gordon Levitt and Christopher Eccleston would not be returning as Cobra Commander and Destro respectively, then while talking to Twitter's own @T16Skyhopp and @GeneralTekno, I realized that I was more attached to JGL being The Doctor "Rex" Lewis than I was for him being Cobra Commander.

But this trailer does have some fun stuff if you look carefully. Let's break them down!

  1. Cheesy Dwayne Johnson being cheesy
  2. Channing Tatum is back? But he disappears after the attack. Is he dead/kidnapped? How awesome would it be if every subsequent movie the entire Joe cast gets killed and replaced by a different one?
  3. Zartan President is an awesome concept
  4. Cobra Commander has much more recognizable costume this time around a much needed improvement over the last costume.
  5. Apparently GI Joe is a publicly known entity? I didn't know that. RE: The "President's" speech.
  6. More cheesy Dwayne Johnson being cheesy.
  7. OK, so apparently Storm Shadow is back...nope, I still wanted Destro more. 
  8. COBRA WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Ummmm... no to whoever remixed "Seven Nation Army"
  10. Snake Eyes doesn't have that dumb mouth piece thing anymore.
  11. Ninjas.
  12. Lady ninjas, not sure who they are. I'm not 100% versed in GI Joe lore.
  13. BFG!!!
  14. Apparently Storm Shadow is still a dick, killing tons of dudes.
  15. Who is that Jessica Rabbit-wannabe? She's with Cobra, right?
  16. Ninjas.
  17. Ninjas by a mountain.
  18. Flying ninjas.
  19. Is that Mortal Kombat's own Scorpion? Do I smell a cross over?
  20. Seriously, no dub-step remixes of White Stripes ever again!
  21. Willis seems to be playing the same character from RED. Great.
So there it is some random stuff I noticed, and honestly, I'm still wanting JGL and Eccleston, but unlike say, BATTLESHIP or another TRANSFORMERS movie, I'm actually not dreading this movie. 

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION will be released June 29, 2012 starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis.

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