Okay, these featurettes have been flying hot and heavy over the past few days, so let’s catch a breath and get them all gathered up in one place shall we?
We’ve had “behind the scenes” we’ve had TV spots, and we’ve had the great 20 second character profiles. All of them, when assembled, make for some very cool pre-film hype. I can tell you, I’m flipping out over here right now. Lots of great footage, I can’t even believe we’re almost within 2 weeks of this thing.
Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to get a nice, well-organized rundown of all of the character profiles that have aired so far:
Apparently Paramount was not satisfied to simply reveal video today, they also wanted to blast out a few promotional images as well. We get great high quality pictures of the White House, Storm Shadow, and Cobra Commander flanked by his troops. More coolness from Paramount and G.I. Joe today! I first saw the images on Comingsoon.net, check them out mirrored below.
We originally saw this featurette recording from a smart phone camera as it aired on WWE Raw, but now IMDB has the video in HD quality, and it is awesome. Yes, the same footage, yes the same music, but with some added behind the scenes stuff, this is a really great look at the film.
Between the character vignettes, the TV spots, and now this… wow. G.I. Joe: Retaliation video overload. Unfortunately the video is not embeddable (yet), but check it out at IMDB.com.
Big thanks to John from JoeArmory for the heads up.
Ha! I was just on Twitter talking back and forth with nailbiter111 from Comic Book Movie, and said that the only possible video vignette there was left to do would be one for Jinx. Then, all of a sudden, there it was. Paramount International has loaded up on video today. Check out Jinx below!
The formula remains similar… scattered new footage, lots of re-used footage… a whole metric ton of AWESOME.
Almost seems like Paramount and Twitziller were on the same page today. Both chose to focus on Firefly today, and the effect is similar. Paramount’s 19 second vignette shows off some great new footage, and some spoken word as well… is it just me or does that first “Firefly….” sound like it might just be Cobra Commander speaking?
We see streams of rocket fire, nasty explosions, and Firefly “making things go boom”. Who can complain? Check it out embedded below!
It’s quick and dirty, but I geeked out so hard over the Cobra Commander vignette that I had to do some quick screen grabs just to relish the awesomeness that is the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Cobra Commander. LOOK AT HIM. As an added bonus, note that Firefly apparently helps Storm Shadow free Cobra Commander. You can see him running around in one of the images below.
Man, I can’t wait until that G.I. Joe: Retaliation movie accurate Cobra Commander comes out—
How fitting as we prepare to launch into March Madness, the “Sweet 16” ends up being how many days we now have left until G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and today marks the 16th reason why the film will rock. Twitziller continues on a roll today and puts his crosshairs firmly on a central Cobra character!
Firefly is one of those characters that appeals to a lot of people. At one time considered the “Boba Fett” of the G.I. Joe universe, he was a highly paid and capable freelancer who was a man of sheer mystery. A consummate professional who did his job, then slunk back to the shadows, his early history revealed him to be someone dangerously protective about his identity. Over time, he lost some of his air of mystery, revealed to be a member of the Arashikage clan, much to the Joe fandom’s dismay. In G.I. Joe: Retaliation he has a chance to rebuild some of the rich character elements that so many fans latched on to.
Obviously he has spent a lot of time throughout the trailers completely unmasked, so he doesn’t appear quite so protective of his face, but his personality has also shone through in a big way. Discarding urban camouflage for what looks to be an Alligator skin coat, this bayou operative brings the term “swampfighter” to a whole new level. As Twitziller says, it’s these individuals who really make up the essence of Cobra’s dynamic. I’m looking forward to seeing how Firefly evolves throughout this film.
Here it is, Joe fans! I think it’s fair to assume the character that most of us have been really excited to see in G.I. Joe: Retaliation is Cobra Commander. He’s such a central character to the entire scope of the franchise, and seemed so mishandled in the Rise of Cobra, many of us have really been dying to see what G.I. Joe: Retaliation would do for him
If this short video is any indication, I think we’ll be pretty damn pleased. We see Cobra Commander running, gunning, and looking generally bad ass. We see his personal helicopter taking off, and we get some confirmation that yes, indeed, Cobra Commander is the mysterious guy in the white uniform near the chambers that Storm Shadow breaks into.
Seems weird that the mute ninja commando would end up being the last character vignette that Paramount posted from the G.I. Joe roster, but maybe they were just saving the best for last. There is some decent smatterings of new footage peppered throughout the short clip below. Check it out!
A couple of folks had questions about certain elements of the two reviews I mentioned above, so I took a couple extra pictures to show case some things. People were inquiring about the look of Breaker using Duke’s body, so I whipped something up really quickly. I did the best I could without cutting off his belt. I also did a comparison image with recent Cobra Troopers that folks had been asking for.
Check out the two reviews to see the images at the links below, or the images are also mirrored in this story: