G.I. Joe: Retaliation is right around the corner… only mere days away! The lucky folks over in London actually got their red carpet premiere last week, and both GeneralsJoes and the What’s on Joe Mind podcast were fortunate enough to have some representatives at the London premiere.
Dave Tree from All the Cool Stuff and Russ Sheath, contributor to Aint It Cool News both very kindly offered to cover the event on our behalf, and they knocked the ball out of the friggen park! Hitting the red carpet, recording the press conference, and even getting a face-to-face interview with director Jon M Chu!
Most of the audio coverage from the red carpet and press conference event is now posted in audio format on Special Edition #26 of What’s on Joe Mind, but the interview with Jon Chu can be read below. This is was a fantastic opportunity for both the podcast and this website, and we greatly appreciate Paramount, Mr. Chu, and of course Dave and Russ for getting this all together for us. We are infinitely grateful for everyone’s participation and willingness to work with us.
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As soon as I got this press release in my mailbox, I was at least a little bit intrigued. Labeled as being from a writer on “24″ and “Clone Wars” I knew at least the action component of this new series would be pretty solid. It’s a fun new concept, taking what is very much a first-person shooter Point of View and putting it to film.
Footage is seen via helmet cams and security footage as a Homeland Security response team meets up with a Mexican cartel. Lots of action, lots of gunfire. Seems like something G.I. Joe fans just might be interested in. Featuring actors from such acclaimed series as Dexter, The Unit, Heroes, and Prison Break, this is a high quality, high octane web series that I think folks will enjoy.
I don’t see a whole lot of unused concepts here, mostly costume designs that ended up in the film, but seeing the progression from art to reality is always awesome. Over on ComicBookMovie.com nailbiter111 has dug up some of those costume concepts courtesy of Aaron Sims.
I remember it like it was yesterday… not only was my team playing the biggest game of the year, but G.I. Joe: Retaliation was poised to launch their huge Super Bowl TV spot, introducing the viewing public to the wonders of flying mountain ninjas.
This year, not so much.
Not only is my team not in the game, but from the sounds of Latino Review, G.I. Joe: Retaliation will not return to the big stage for a second go at an its marketing campaign. I’m not quite sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. Actually, correct that. I know it’s not a good thing. But is it terrible?
We’ve already had over 12 months of G.I. Joe: Retaliation advertising blitz, is one more commercial during the Super Bowl going to provide any additional bang for the buck, or will it simply be a reminder to folks of what happened in early 2012?
I suppose time will tell what the affect is, but I almost wish Paramount was jumping back in with both barrels blasting instead of treading on eggshells hoping to not remind folks about the delay. Thanks again to Latino Review for the information.
So did you think 2012 was a slow year for G.I. Joe? While the fine folks behind the What’s on Joe Mind Podcast did drop down their recording schedule a bit to accommodate a slow trickle of Joe news, there were still many exciting G.I. Joe events to talk about.
From animated voice actors to movie news and toy reports, What’s on Joe Mind covered the gamut of G.I. Joe news and events for the year.
Even with a much slower recording schedule in the back half of 2012, it was tough to pick out 12 isolated episodes, but with Gary and Mike’s help, somehow I made due.
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Initial reaction upon viewing the third theatrical trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is that… there wasn’t a whole lot of new angles to this thing. Of course, that’s expected. We’ve already seen a few domestic and international trailers, and a few TV spots. At this point it’s going to be tough to get new footage out there without starting to reveal key components of the story.
However, we did a few cool new snippets of action.
The opening scene of Jinx and Snake Eyes walking across the mountain and hooking their grappling hook was something we hadn’t seen before. We also know at this point that they are heading into a battle with Storm Shadow. One assumes that they probably win this battle and that it’s Storm Shadow they are carrying in a glorified “body bag” as they swing away from the Red Ninja.
Scenes with the ambush on G.I. Joe and the president are all taken from previous trailers, though they’re cut somewhat differently and more quick-paced, leading me to believe this trailer is more focused on action than plot exposition.
We see a President with a sense of humor, poking some fun at North Korea, and the opening of the weaponized briefcase is a bit more elaborate than we’ve seen in previous footage.
London’s destruction seems more developed and a bigger focus here as well, with several shots of the country exploding from various different angles.
Fantastic scenes of Cobra invading domestic soil seem to be a bit longer as well, with an extra unfurl of the Cobra flag over the nation’s capital, and what feels like an extra second of the HISS Tank menacingly rolling down the street. My eyes might be playing tricks on me, but it felt like these scenes were a bit longer here than in previous trailers.
The Roadblock/Duke exchange about needing a new catch phrase kicks the music up a notch and we get a series of very well-cut scenes with some new footage. Cobra Commander striding towards the camera is an excellent one, as is a great shot of the Cobra helicopter flying away from the camera with some thrusters in back.
We see the Ripsaw tearing stuff up with rocket launchers, and SPOILER ALERT!!11! Cobra’s Mass Driver satellite gets nuked in orbit (it’s the only way to be sure). These all feel like scenes that we have not witnessed previously.
Trailer closes with some more Bruce Willis/Joe Colton wise cracking, but focusing on his retirement with some nice Lady Jaye/Colton head-bashing mixed in.
Overall I thought it was another great trailer. I’m not sure if Jon Chu himself is directly involved in the editing of the trailers (I suspect he is) but if so, his background in dance choreography and action mixing with music helps immensely in selling these films. Loved the music, loved the transitions, loved the chosen action sequences. No this trailer did not give us a wealth of new insight about the film, but with some added footage and some tweaked editing, it was a really fun 1:44 of G.I. Joe, and it feels like it’s been way too long since we had that. Check out the embedded trailer below, and a gallery of screen shots at the bottom.
Below are some screen caps…I do apologize, they are not of the best quality, but did reveal some neat details I hadn’t necessarily seen before. Do with them what you will.
Hooo buddy! Let the excitement kick off again! Hot off the GIJoeMovie Twitter feed, it looks like we all have a reason to watch Entertainment Tonight again, as the first look at the brand spanking NEW G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer will be hitting tonight!
For G.I. Joe fans who have been following the property for only a few short years, this may come as a surprise, but believe it or not, there was a time, not very long ago, where Roadblock wasn’t a household name. In fact, he wasn’t even on Hasbro’s radar. A victim of lost trademarks, it seemed inevitable that Roadblock would simply fade from the consciousness of the G.I. Joe faithful and no longer be a major part of ongoing canon.
Sure didn’t turn out that way, huh?
I must give credit to long time Joe buddy Todd of Magnum 6 Delta for prompting me to put this post together, and considering the G.I. Joe: Retaliation motion picture on the horizon, and the potential for redefining the core characters of the Real American Hero brand, the timing couldn’t be better. Click the “Read the Rest of this Story” link below to check out the full article.
Okay…don’t ask me how this happened, because I remember watching this trailer a couple of weeks ago, and I could have sworn I also posted a story for it, but apparently I’m smoking something. Or I was smoking something.
Regardless of my potential drug habit, this Korean version of the initial G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer hit the ‘net at least a couple of weeks ago, I believe, and is mostly unremarkable, with the exception of a few brief glimpses of more Storm Shadow. In Korea, Byung-Hun Lee is pretty hot stuff, so it only makes sense that the trailer for that market would have more Lee and less shirt. Ya know, for the ladies.