Dwayne Johnson to appear on Jay Leno tonight

I haven’t seen it advertised myself, but GeneralsJoes reader Mike I. is telling me that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is slated to appear on the Jay Leno show tonight, likely to promote both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and WWE Wrestlemania.

They often show clips from the films actors are there to promote, so Joe fans may want to keep an eye on this one tonight.

Thanks to Mike for the information.

A pair of interviews offer some details, new footage from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

These interviews aren’t normally the most exciting thing to look forward to for an upcoming film, but when they actually reveal some new footage, that’s a different story!  UIPThailand has posted two video interviews up on YouTube, and there is actually some cool new footage mixed in amongst the questions and answers.  We see some behind the scenes stuff and more!

Check out the United International Pictures YouTube channel, or you can see them embedded below.  Thanks to BCYOJOE from HissTank for discovering these.

No going back now – G.I. Joe: Retaliation premieres in Korea!

With what happened last year with the sudden delay in release, I suspect many Joe fans were sitting on pins and needles a little bit waiting to make absolutely certain G.I. Joe: Retaliation would launch as planned March 28th.  Lord knows I’ve seen plenty of jokes floating around about another delay…

Well, in Korea at least the worry has passed!  The film premiere for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to run in Korea on March 11th, which is today.  In fact right at this moment, it’s almost 10:00pm Korea time, so there may be folks there watching the movie right now.  I’m jealous of these people.

As proof of the event, check out some of the press images below of the press conference and premiere Q & A.

New G.I. Joe: Retaliation poster is a glorious Photoshop mash up of awesome

I remember it like it was yesterday…an entire day of G.I. Joe: Retaliation character poster reveals, sending G.I. Joe webmasters scattering across the interwebz tracking them all down and collecting them all together.

Okay, maybe that was just me:

Well, with March 27th quickly looming before us, we have a brand-spanking new G.I. Joe: Retaliation poster!  Using many of the images from previous posters (including some of the character ones above), a bad ass Cobra symbol in the background, and a peek at the Cobra helicopter from the film, this new poster is pretty neat.  Digital Spy was the first to reveal it, though the larger version mirrored below came from Yahoo Movies.

Yo Joe!

AMC Theaters talks to the cast and crew of G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Thanks to Twitter bud toycollector962 for pointing out some great video interviews with the folks involved in the production of G.I. Joe: Retaliation…  nothing new or ground breaking, but still, some interviews we have not yet seen (that I’m aware of).

Check them out below!

More G.I. Joe: Retaliation cast and crew interviews at UGO.com

Well, we’re in the thick of it this week.  With media and stars descending on New York City over the past few days, plenty of sites have started posting their interviews with the cast and crew who were on hand.  I already posted up the information from ComingSoon and SuperHeroHype, and now UGO.com is getting in on the action, but they’re doing the old school “text” route.

They spent some time talking to everyone from Jon Chu to Lorenzo DiBonaventura, as well as The Rock, DJ Cotrona, and Adrianne Palicki, and they’ve posted the entire run of interviews right here.  Yes, by and large it’s a lot of lip service, but I’m getting into the G.I. Joe: Retaliation spirit.

Check it out right here.

Snap judgements about the G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage

So the scant few seconds of footage has aired throughout the United States, and already I’m sure opinions are scattered throughout the ether, even based on only a few seconds of action.

Of course what kind of Joe fan would I be if I didn’t add my own uneducated .02 as early as humanly possible?

First and foremost…  every single shot we see throughout the footage involves a heavy dose of military action, which is awesome.  Roadblock is rocking his familiar body armor that we’ve seen in most images of him shown so far.  Duke is wearing what appears to be desert camouflage uniform with an embedded body armor himself.  It looks a lot like the reactive armor, but it’s tan in color, so it blends better with the more standard BDU’s.

Machine guns fire early and often, and I absolutely love the coordinated movements of the military “unit”.  Looking at that and based on Dwayne Johnson’s comments about Navy SEALs being on set, I think we’re going to get a nice dose of military realism…or as much as can be expected in a G.I. Joe film.

Without a doubt the star of the footage is the very Water Mocassin like boat that is seen in several shots.  That thing looks pretty bad ass.  Tough to tell if it belongs to the Joes or the Cobra’s based on what we saw tonight, so here’s hoping it’s a snake craft that gets stolen.

All in all, there wasn’t much shown, but what WAS shown was pretty great.  Lots of machine gun fire, explosions, and I thought both Johnson and Tatum looked really good.  Nothing revolutionary, but certainly nothing to immediately generate the reaction that the Accelerator Suits did.  Thumbs up, but eagerly awaiting more!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation influenced by “The Rock’s” positive impact

So when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was first announced as being one of the stars of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I saw and heard fans complaining.  Claiming that he was just an ex-wrestler with no real star power, and that he really should not be involved in the Joe film.

There were people out there who said his involvement didn’t make any sense and that he wouldn’t bring an ounce of credibility to the G.I. Joe film franchise.  As time has gone on, those people have relaxed somewhat, but they are still out there.  And to those fans, I just have to say “look at the numbers”.

Dwayne Johnson posted the first apparent “in costume” picture of himself as Roadblock about 60 short minutes ago.  Along with Twitter he also posted it on Facebook.  An hour later, the image has almost 2,700 comments, and nearly 16,000 “likes”.  As a whole, the Facebook page for Dwayne Johnson himself has a whopping 4 million fans who like it.

Contrast all of this with the original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which currently as 15,000 likes on its own, and its easy to see that a thriving social media empire and a likable personality can combine to create a LOT of buzz.  The Rock will put butts in seats, and the G.I. Joe sequel can use as many butts as it can possibly get.

This doesn’t even mention Jon Chu and Ray Park, both of whom are very active on Twitter as well.  Something tells me this somewhat younger and fresher perspective might just drive more box office dollars.  Regardless of your opinion of the G.I. Joe film franchise, this is a good thing for all of us.

Expect some real life hardware from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Twitter updates keep on hitting.  While there is no new information necessarily, Jon Chu has posted an Instagram photo of him and Dwayne Johnson sporting some really sweet hardware, in the form of the FN SCAR assault rifle, which can be seen on World Guns.  This seems to be a far cry from the semi futuristic weapons we saw in the original film (though still based on real hardware, the F2000). Maybe I just prefer the traditional machine gun style over the bullpup configuration, but for whatever reason, I’m really loving these weapon shots.  Between the SCAR, the M249, and the Glock, things are looking awesome.

Check out the mirrored image below, and of course, make sure to follow Jon Chu on Twitter for more G.I. Joe: Retaliation related updates.

GeneralsJoes SuperPage Updates/Additions

Well, it’s been a while.

Since we really didn’t know a whole lot about the lowdown of the 2012 releases for figures, vehicles, etc…  I had kind of left the SuperPage a jumbled mess.  Well, with the news this week that we now know how the first couple of assortments break down for 2012, I have updated the 2011/2012 G.I. Joe SuperPage with more accurate information.

Also, even though there isn’t a whole lot to talk about yet, I did add a SuperPage for the G.I. Joe film sequel, hitting in 2012.  Expect content there to explode as we get closer to release.

I know I’m way overdue on a review of the 2011 Convention set as well… trust me when I say it’s about 90% done, and it should be posted within the next 48 hours or so.  Thanks for your patience!